When ASUS discussed this card with me, I knew what it was, so I am not overwhelmingly surprised it performed admirably. However how well it performed was a bit of a surprise, especially since its using a dual 8-pin connection and still can pull some very impressive gains out of the box, and also some overclock headroom to the tune of roughly 7% on top of all of that before bouncing off the redline of the power limit.
The ASUS STRIX RTX 2080 Ti White edition is a special card, you can get other models from ASUS or other AIBs which will perform well and in line with the FE or a little higher. However, when you get a card built like the top end cards such as the STRIX, you get the next level details that mean the GPU is ready to push it, should you have the know-how and guts to hardware mod your nearly $1,500 investment.
The STRIX 2080 Ti is a marvel of engineering; by that, I mean it is overbuilt in every way. With that, I would say that the component choice and build is impressive and well suited for a proper LN2 card, minus the fact that you would likely need to add an external interface for more power input. Overall for a gamer, this is likely overkill, but I can assure you that while it is insanely, excess many will buy it simply because, on air, the card can stay in serious boost even under heavy stress.
The white aesthetic is another feature that shines through as a significant benefit as enthusiasts who want a good card that matches the white theme can be challenging to find at times. This one is not only white, but well designed, and a chart-topping performer.
Heres the score breakdown
Value – 90 For value, ASUS takes a bit of a hit here, although it pains me to do so based on the component and build quality, it still is a nearly $1,500 card, and that’s a tough pill for most of the market to swallow, even the enthusiasts.
Performance – 98 Performance is immense and almost a perfect score, but part of the performance metric is to take the measure of the current pricing landscape for GPUs, and an FE card costs roughly 20% less while being only 7% slower. Overall to get a top-level performer like the STRIX 2080 Ti, you must pay to play.
Innovation – 95 Innovation; this can be a tough one, but overall the level of components and integration, including the dual BIOS to stretch the use case for the STRIX, cannot be denied. Add to this the features such as FanConnect II, and the integrated RGB header and I think ASUS has done a decent amount of R&D with this card to merit recognition.
Quality – 98 Quality is something I am also very critical of. And the STRIX RTX 2080 Ti earns a top-notch score here as it simply did not have a flaw I could find in its design, component quality, or build.
With the scoring out of the way, It is worth noting that this card is certifiably insane and excess. However, it is designed to be the best of the best ASUS ROG team can build and design. Nvidia may make the GPU; however, this card or should I say everything that is attached or around the GPU is ASUS doing, and they made one hell of a card that is sure to win the hearts of high-end 4K targeted gamers. While lower resolutions will work just fine with this GPU, keep in mind that your CPUY quickly becomes a bottleneck.
Yes, it’s expensive, but like an exotic supercar, sometimes you have to pay that exponential price to get on the track with the fastest out there.
TL:DR: ASUS took the already badass RTX 2080 Ti and made it better in every way, that’s all that needs to be said.