Note: This article was first published on 20 November 2019.
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. I'll be looking at the cards from seven different brands today – with so many options and looks available, including new entrant EVGA, you'll probably be able to find one that fits your tastes and budget:
Before I dive into the results and the individual cards, let me just get one thing out of the way first. Clock speeds don't matter that much, and all the cards produce near-identical results in games. Instead, things like thermal performance and design matter more, so that's what I'll be focusing on. In addition, you'll probably want to pay attention to how much space the cards require, such as whether they're two- or three-slot models and how much clearance you need in your case.
To make that simpler, I've included the dimensions of each card below so you get a clearer picture of how they stack up against one another, at least in terms of size.
|Models / Specs||Dimensions (cm)||No. of slots occupied||Power connectors|
|ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 Super Advanced||29.97||13.04||5.41||2.7||2x 8-pin|
|EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Super XC Ultra, Overclocked||26.98||11.12||6.81||2.75||1x 8-pin, 1x 6-pin|
|GALAX GeForce RTX 2080 Super EX 1-click OC||29. 5||14.30||5.20||2||1x 8-pin, 1x 6-pin|
|Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 Super Gaming OC||28.65||11.45||5.02||2||1x 8-pin, 1x 6-pin|
|MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Super Gaming X Trio||32.8||14.00||5.65||2.7||2x 8-pin|
|Palit GeForce RTX 2080 Super White GameRock||29.2||13.00||5.96||2.7||2x 8-pin|
|Zotac Gaming GeForce RTX 2080 Super Triple Fan||30.8||11.30||5.70||2.5||1x 8-pin, 1x 6-pin|
The EVGA card stands out for being one of the thickest cards around (though one of the shortest), while the MSI and Zotac models are one of the longest, requiring over 30cm of space!
But with that out of the way, it's time to take a closer look at what each card offers over the next few pages and how they stack up.