Aorus GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Xtreme 11G Review: In A League of its Own

Conclusion

Of the three GeForce RTX 20-series models currently available, GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is the one we’re most excited about. Up until Battlefield V was patched to enable real-time ray tracing, GeForce RTX 2070 was almost interchangeable with GTX 1080, while the RTX 2080 resembled a GTX 1080 Ti. At least now there’s one game able to show how the Turing-based GPUs are different from Nvidia’s previous generation.

But GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is incomparable. We didn’t mince words in our review of Nvidia’s Founders Edition version: “…if you own a 4K monitor and tire of picking quality settings to dial back in exchange for playable performance, this card is unrivaled.” RT and Tensor cores aside, the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is brutally fast in today's games.

Gigabyte’s Aorus GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Xtreme 11G takes that reference board’s specs, gooses its GPU frequency, dresses it up with copious RGB LED lighting, protects it with a longer four-year warranty, and exposes no fewer than seven display outputs to accommodate multi-monitor configurations without the need for adapters. In the world of ultra-high-end graphics, it doesn’t get any more luxurious.

That’s not to say this card is perfect. We’re still partial to the Founders Edition’s dual-slot form factor. And we’d prefer a capable cooler able to exhaust hot air rather than blow it back into your case. We think the Aorus GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Extreme 11G could be quieter under load. And this is completely subjective, but we’re not sold on some of Gigabyte’s more jarring RGB lighting effects, which distract from the action on-screen.

The freedom to choose is great, though. Gigabyte’s RGB Fusion 2.0 software gives you a long list of effects to pick from, so maybe one of the subtler transitions is more appealing. An optional semi-passive mode at least keeps the card’s fans quiet at idle. Moreover, massive performance makes the three-slot cooler less of an issue in space-constrained cases—after all, you won’t want to add a second card in SLI, given the state of multi-GPU support.

Gigabyte says its Aorus GeForce RTX 2080 Ti has an MSRP of $1,300. Demand currently exceeds supply, though, so availability is spotty. Typically, when that happens, street pricing ends up notably higher. But if Gigabyte’s Xtreme implementation of Nvidia’s TU102 processor appeals to your specific tastes and ends up inside of your budget, rest assured that it’s a beast of a graphics card.

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  • NinjaNerd56
    I’ll keep the GTX1060 machine I have....that cost IN TOTAL 1/2 of what this card goes for...and ray trace around all the money I have left.
  • tomspown
    The price stated of vega 56 and 64 are there to make the price of the 2080ti less wow but the real price of vega 56 is 370 euro and the vega 64 449 euro. i realy hate it when Toms H. uses over blown prices on AMD products just to make the competition a good buy.
  • jimmysmitty
    Anonymous said:
    The price stated of vega 56 and 64 are there to make the price of the 2080ti less wow but the real price of vega 56 is 370 euro and the vega 64 449 euro. i realy hate it when Toms H. uses over blown prices on AMD products just to make the competition a good buy.


    I am not sure where they get their pricing but they did the same with the RX590 review with a over priced 1060. I think its a site algorithm that pulls prices and not a person as any normal person can easily find better deals.
  • delaro
    I would think Nvidia would have learned a lesson on overly pricing cards with gimmicky tags... well I guess not and no wonder their stock tanked. I wouldn't think it's all that hard to understand, Selling 20,000 cards @ $1300+ or 250,000 @ $200? Over the last 15 years what range of cards have sold the most and which one gets released last in line? Splatting a big RTX label and charging a premium on a GPU when software is still 12 months behind was just stupid and we can add it to the many other gimmicks Nvidia has come up with over the years that failed to draw sales " PhysX, Early stages of VR, Hairworks, and now RTX" These cards are indeed nice but adding that extra premium just for "RTX" is just bad marketing.
  • redgarl
    How can a card with such a bad value proposition could score that high?

    It is insane, that you guys, are now accepting Nvidia price gouging behavior as something normal.... IT IS NOT!

    This card offer the worst value ever.
  • ingtar33
    obviously a paid ad in the form of a review. for shame THG

    About ready to retire this site for good at this point; first "just buy it because there is a price to NOT be an early adapter tripe", then a 4.5/5.0 for any NVIDIA RTX product is just a slap in the face of the site readers.

    Clearly this is about the ad bucks, not sure how your reviewers can look themselves in the mirror anymore.
  • cosmin.matei86
    Any1 with a 1070ti or above is absolutely fine at 1440p resolution. My card scores about 60 fps in the last tomb raider and 52 in AC Oddysey benchmark. In game with dips to just unde 40. Coupled with a high refresh g sync monitor I don't even notice low framerate.

    I'll say pass to shitty rtx. I cannot believe how people could pay 1300 for a gimmick like rays. Gimmick that you will find in 0.0001% of the time played in the 2 existing games. It's like getting the gold frame. I would have preferred they invested in better more advanced phisics and market that.
  • Phaaze88
    Anonymous said:
    Any1 with a 1070ti or above is absolutely fine at 1440p resolution. My card scores about 60 fps in the last tomb raider and 52 in AC Oddysey benchmark. In game with dips to just unde 40. Coupled with a high refresh g sync monitor I don't even notice low framerate.

    I'll say pass to shitty rtx. I cannot believe how people could pay 1300 for a gimmick like rays. Gimmick that you will find in 0.0001% of the time played in the 2 existing games. It's like getting the gold frame. I would have preferred they invested in better more advanced phisics and market that.


    Not to mention, the current gen of RTX is only optimized for 1080p!
    RTX Off: too powerful for 1080p. Ideal for 1440 and 4k
    RTX On: Works best at 1080p. But for 1440 and 4k? NOPE.
    The core feature of these cards(flagship) is useless to folks with higher res monitors, while being too powerful without said feature for those on lower res ones. This is why I'm passing on this gen's flagship.
    It's just a bad investment all around.

    And the 2060 won't fix this either:
    RTX Off: great for 1080p.
    RTX On: Not going to be able to run max settings like the 2070(?) and up, but hey, the overall build will be better balanced at least?

    If they can keep the RTX train running, I'll hop aboard when they can do RTX On: 1440p, 100+hz.
  • delaro
    Anonymous said:
    Anonymous said:
    Any1 with a 1070ti or above is absolutely fine at 1440p resolution. My card scores about 60 fps in the last tomb raider and 52 in AC Oddysey benchmark. In game with dips to just unde 40. Coupled with a high refresh g sync monitor I don't even notice low framerate.

    I'll say pass to shitty rtx. I cannot believe how people could pay 1300 for a gimmick like rays. Gimmick that you will find in 0.0001% of the time played in the 2 existing games. It's like getting the gold frame. I would have preferred they invested in better more advanced phisics and market that.


    Not to mention, the current gen of RTX is only optimized for 1080p!
    RTX Off: too powerful for 1080p. Ideal for 1440 and 4k
    RTX On: Works best at 1080p. But for 1440 and 4k? NOPE.
    The core feature of these cards(flagship) is useless to folks with higher res monitors, while being too powerful without said feature for those on lower res ones. This is why I'm passing on this gen's flagship.
    It's just a bad investment all around.

    And the 2060 won't fix this either:
    RTX Off: great for 1080p.
    RTX On: Not going to be able to run max settings like the 2070(?) and up, but hey, the overall build will be better balanced at least?

    If they can keep the RTX train running, I'll hop aboard when they can do RTX On: 1440p, 100+hz.


    It's not that the hardware isn't powerful enough.. It's that the API's are a year behind being able to render it without massive performance issues. So yes it makes these premium cards now seem Gimmicky and over inflated in price.

    In a way they are listening by releasing Touring cards without the RTX badge at a closer to normal price. The issue here is the market is flooded and Nvidia is going to rush out Touring with 2X the badge numbers they normally release. Glad I moved all my Nvidia stock to AMD when Ryzen launched.
  • lorfa
    "this is an extremely heavy card to hang from a PCIe slot, so Gigabyte bundles a stand meant to support the card by pushing up from your bottom-mounted PSU or the floor of your chassis."

    This made me lol, what a time we are in.
  • cangelini
    Anonymous said:
    obviously a paid ad in the form of a review. for shame THG

    About ready to retire this site for good at this point; first "just buy it because there is a price to NOT be an early adapter tripe", then a 4.5/5.0 for any NVIDIA RTX product is just a slap in the face of the site readers.

    Clearly this is about the ad bucks, not sure how your reviewers can look themselves in the mirror anymore.


    Pretty sure 2080 Ti is the *only* RTX 20-series card that has received a 4.5/5.

    We've been pretty consistently critical of the 2070 and 2080's value proposition vs 1080 and 1080 Ti (though that's not even really worth debating anymore, since those cards aren't available). Future promises about ray tracing and DLSS weren't a factor in this review. They weren't even mentioned. Rather, performance in *today's* games is what impressed us. Of course, if you're not gaming at 4K, then cards up in this range, which is where multiple generations of Titan models also lived, probably aren't a concern for you anyway.
  • Gillerer
    Tom's HW should have included a video showcasing the fan RGB.

    I watched a review on YouTube a while back, where despite the reviewer stating that the video doesn't do the RGB justice and it looks even better in person, it was still impressive. And I'm not really interested in RGB normally - probably still wouldn't pay extra for it - but for people into it, definitely check it out:

    https://youtu.be/t-E_ud6GpTA?t=40
    (Channel: Hardware Unboxed / YouTube; video link starts at 0:40, the RGB is shown after a leading sentence.)
  • stdragon
    Anonymous said:
    "this is an extremely heavy card to hang from a PCIe slot, so Gigabyte bundles a stand meant to support the card by pushing up from your bottom-mounted PSU or the floor of your chassis."

    This made me lol, what a time we are in.


    No kidding! It's rather absurd to think anyone is going to transport their PC with that thing slotted in. At that point, IMHO is far more sensible to just go water cooling with an AIO loop where the rad is securely mounted; it frees up the weight from the card. Ergo, release of stress on the PCIe slot.

    Note: that commentary is more applicable for LAN Party goers if anything.
  • jimmysmitty
    Anonymous said:
    obviously a paid ad in the form of a review. for shame THG

    About ready to retire this site for good at this point; first "just buy it because there is a price to NOT be an early adapter tripe", then a 4.5/5.0 for any NVIDIA RTX product is just a slap in the face of the site readers.

    Clearly this is about the ad bucks, not sure how your reviewers can look themselves in the mirror anymore.


    I don't think price should be part of the score. Mainly because price is all relative to the person. I agree the value is horrible. I plan to not pay that much for a GPU but there are those that don't see it as an issue. Mainly the performance and quality should be what garners a score with value being a side bar.
  • hendrickhere
    You could sign up for a EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti XC BLACK EDITION GAMING last month for $999.00 (I did) but it's now setting at $1149.99 https://www.evga.com/products/product.aspx?pn=11G-P4-2282-KR

    It's kind of sad when you buy a $1k card and it's considered a "deal." Still, can't get them no compromising frame rates @4k without it. The 1080ti is almost there but comes a bit short and will continue that trend in the near future.
  • t_do29
    It seems all you commenters on here are broke and jealous. I have the aorus 2080 ti xtreme waterforce and this card blows my 1080ti out of the water. This card stays cool and no weight issues since I mounted vertically. I love this beast. Do stop crying and talking about something that you have no idea how well it works since it is out of your grasp. All the whiners, ridiculous pansies.
  • shmoochie
    Anonymous said:
    It seems all you commenters on here are broke and jealous. I have the aorus 2080 ti xtreme waterforce and this card blows my 1080ti out of the water. This card stays cool and no weight issues since I mounted vertically. I love this beast. Do stop crying and talking about something that you have no idea how well it works since it is out of your grasp. All the whiners, ridiculous pansies.


    Jealous isn't quite the word that comes to mind. I could buy it if I wanted, but I would rather build an entire rig.
  • Phaaze88
    Yeesh, just claim everyone criticizing the card is broke...
    I(at least) can afford the card, no problem. But having learned my mistake with 'early new tech adoption'[x299], I'm going to wait till RTX 3080ti, or whatever, if they can keep the RTRT ball rolling.

    2080ti:
    up to ~30% performance improvement - depending on game, over 1080ti
    cost over 70% more than the latter did at launch
    Turing is an even poorer OC'er than Pascal, so you won't be able to squeeze much more out of that card
    RTX On can't really do more than 1080p, 60fps
    RTX Off is too much for 1080p, it would bottleneck even some of the newer cpus. Best at 1440p or 4k, but those res are too much for current RTX feature
    So, regardless of whether you play at 1080p, or 1440/4k, the consumer loses

    'Blows 1080ti out of the water'... Umm, sure mate...
    Perhaps I overlooked something, if you'd be willing to share?
  • ingtar33
    Anonymous said:
    Anonymous said:
    obviously a paid ad in the form of a review. for shame THG

    About ready to retire this site for good at this point; first "just buy it because there is a price to NOT be an early adapter tripe", then a 4.5/5.0 for any NVIDIA RTX product is just a slap in the face of the site readers.

    Clearly this is about the ad bucks, not sure how your reviewers can look themselves in the mirror anymore.


    Pretty sure 2080 Ti is the *only* RTX 20-series card that has received a 4.5/5.

    We've been pretty consistently critical of the 2070 and 2080's value proposition vs 1080 and 1080 Ti (though that's not even really worth debating anymore, since those cards aren't available). Future promises about ray tracing and DLSS weren't a factor in this review. They weren't even mentioned. Rather, performance in *today's* games is what impressed us. Of course, if you're not gaming at 4K, then cards up in this range, which is where multiple generations of Titan models also lived, probably aren't a concern for you anyway.


    Up until the 1080ti came out gaming in 4k wasn't really a realistic option unless you turned your visual quality down a bit. The "Titan" hasn't been living in 4k territory until this most recent version of it. And your implication that this might be outside my market is amusing. Just because I can afford a $1200 waste of cash doesn't mean I want to waste $1200. I could buy a Corvette without harming my bank book as well, doesn't mean I will waste my cash on one.

    Since when is VALUE not part of a review on a product. There is nothing of value to the RTX lineup. it's legit highway robbery of the consumer by Nvidia, and the longer reviewers like yourself cover for them the more they'll do it. Just because other 2080ti's got a 4.5 doesn't mean I approved of those anymore then this one. Looking at it from outside the message I seem to be seeing here recently from THG and the editorial crew is "Just Buy It"

    nice.
  • t_do29
    Anonymous said:
    Anonymous said:
    It seems all you commenters on here are broke and jealous. I have the aorus 2080 ti xtreme waterforce and this card blows my 1080ti out of the water. This card stays cool and no weight issues since I mounted vertically. I love this beast. Do stop crying and talking about something that you have no idea how well it works since it is out of your grasp. All the whiners, ridiculous pansies.


    Jealous isn't quite the word that comes to mind. I could buy it if I wanted, but I would rather build an entire rig.


    Jealous is the most polite word I could think of. Your statement alone proves that people just say things to make themselves feel better. I bet you give excuses for every mistake you make instead of owning up to them.