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HWM+HardwareZone.com Tech Awards 2019: Editor's Choice - Part 2

By Team HardwareZone - 14 Mar 2019

Best Gaming Graphics Card

Best Gaming Graphics Card

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is one of the most expensive consumer graphics cards NVIDIA has released in a while. It serves up bleeding-edge performance and comes with the latest ray-tracing technology baked in, but the steep price it commands means that this isn’t a card for the average gamer.

Put simply, this is a card for those who are sure that they want the best and are willing to pay for it. While the Founders Edition model is a beauty in its own right, custom card manufacturers have gotten to work installing massive coolers and working in their own factory overclocks.

This means cards that are slightly faster and cooler, complete with fancy add-ons like RGB lighting, and in some cases, even customizable OLED displays.

 

Nominees:

  • ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
  • GALAX GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Hall of Fame
  • MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Lightning Z
  • Palit GeForce RTX 2080 Ti GamingPro OC
  • Zotac Gaming GeForce RTX 2080 Ti AMP Extreme Core

 

And the winner is...

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming OC. (Image Source: ASUS)

This was a hard choice, but the ASUS card ultimately inched ahead because of its performance in areas that really matter, such as cooling. Its excellent thermal performance was miles ahead of the competition, which helped it score huge points. The MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Lightning Z may have had higher factory overclocks and proved the better overclocker, but the performance differential between the two cards was rather minuscule. Furthermore, it seems unfair to assign too much weight to overclocking performance given the possible variances between samples and the fact that most cards perform rather similarly (more so when overclocked). At the end of the day, the ASUS card offers a selection of features that is more useful to a wider audience, such as the BIOS switch to change fan profiles and additional RGB and fan headers. What's more, its performance out-of-the-box was excellent, without too much deviation between it and the MSI card - especially in real-world games. At S$2,359, it is one of the more expensive GeForce RTX 2080 Ti cards around, but what you get is great design, performance, and cooling.

Scoring Breakdown
  Performance Features Value Overall
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming OC 9.0 8.5 7.0 8.5
GALAX GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Hall of Fame 7.5 8.5 6.5 7.5
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Lightning Z 9.0 8.5 7.0 8.5
Palit GeForce RTX 2080 Ti GamingPro OC 8.0 7.0 8.5 8.0
Zotac GeForce RTX 2080 Ti AMP Extreme Core 8.0 7.5 8.0 8.0

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