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Best devices for your home: Tech Awards 2020 Editor's Choice Results (Part 1)

By Team HardwareZone - 18 Apr 2020

Best Gaming Graphics Card

Best Gaming Graphics Card

NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 2080 Super is very, very fast, but if you're looking to take things up a notch with factory overclocks and custom cooling solutions, there are plenty of cards out there vying for your money. This means cards that are slightly faster and cooler, complete with fancy add-ons like RGB lighting and even extra fan headers. Clock speeds don't matter that much though, and all the cards produce near-identical results in games. Instead, things like thermal performance and design matter more.

To make the cut for this year's awards, the cards must be at least high-end representatives of their respective brand line-ups, given that it's not always possible to obtain the flagship model for review locally.

 

Nominees:

  • ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080S A8G Gaming
  • EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Super XC Ultra, Overclocked
  • GALAX GeForce RTX 2080 Super EX 1-click OC
  • Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 Super Gaming OC
  • MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Super Gaming X Trio
  • Palit GeForce RTX 2080 Super White GameRock
  • Zotac Gaming GeForce RTX 2080 Super Triple Fan

 

And the winner is...

Image Source: ASUS

The ASUS card ultimately came ahead because of its strong performance in areas that really matter, such as cooling. Cooling is the one area where there's an obvious and measurable difference between the cards, so ASUS scores big points here. On top of that, it comes with several value-added features to help it stand out, such as additional RGB and fan headers. The card also features a BIOS switch to change fan profiles and a toggle button to instantly switch off its LEDs. Overclocking performance may be lacklustre, but no one else did well either, and it seems unfair to assign too much weight to overclocking performance given the possible variances between samples. The biggest drawback is its price. At S$1,499, it's significantly more expensive than even the MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Super Gaming X Trio, which costs S$1,288. Still, the fact remains that this is the best performing card in this shootout and the one with the richest feature set.

 

  Performance Features Value Overall Price (as tested)
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 Super Gaming Advanced 9.0 8.5 7.0 8.5 S$1,499
EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Super XC Ultra, Overclocked 8.5 8.0 8.0 8.0 S$1,119
GALAX GeForce RTX 2080 Super EX 1-click OC 7.5 7.5 8.0 7.5 S$1,119
Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 Super Gaming OC 8.5 8.5 8.0 8.5 S$1,220
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Super Gaming X Trio 8.5 8.0 8.0 8.0 S$1,288
Palit GeForce RTX 2080 Super White GameRock 8.5 8.0 8.0 8.0 S$1,165
Zotac Gaming GeForce RTX 2080 Super Triple Fan 8.0 8.0 8.5 8.0 S$1,099

For more details on how we selected our winners, check out the full reviews and articles listed in the References section below.

 

References

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