A Massive 2080 SUPER

Introduction

On July 23rd, 2019 NVIDIA debuted its GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER video card.  This new video card provides more performance than the original GeForce RTX 2080 video card but at a price that rivals the original video card.  The new GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER has an MSRP of $699.  At $699 it replaces the original GeForce RTX 2080, and also the RTX 2080 Founders Edition which had a higher price of $799. 

That means faster than RTX 2080 Founders Edition performance, but at a price that is $100 cheaper.  The only thing faster than the new GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER is the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti at $999.  This is one fast video card, and at a new, more appealing price.

Today we have a review of a retail custom video from MSI based on the GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER GPU.  This is our first look at a retail custom video card, so we are anxious to see what it can provide over the reference GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER from NVIDIA.  We are going to review today the MSI GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER GAMING X TRIO.  It offers a lot of cooling, and a high factory boost clock, so we can’t wait to see how fast it is, and how high it overclocks.  

Watch our video preview of this video card on our YouTube channel.

GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER

First, a little briefing on the GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER GPU.  The GPU is based on the TU104 GPU Turing architecture, the same as the GeForce RTX 2080.  The GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER contains 48 SMs versus 46 SMs on the GeForce RTX 2080.  The GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER has 3072 CUDA Cores versus 2944 on the GeForce RTX 2080 and the GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER has 64 ROPs, 192 Texture Units, 48 RT Cores, and 384 Tensor Cores.  For comparison, the GeForce RTX 2080 has 64 ROPs, 184 Texture Units, 46 RT Cores, and 368 Tensor Cores.  Both GPUs are manufactured at 12nm FFN. 

The GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER has a base clock of 1650MHz, and a boost clock of 1815MHz.  For comparison, the GeForce RTX 2080 has a base clock of 1515MHz and a boost clock of 1710MHz.  The memory configuration is the same between them with 8GB of GDDR6 on a 256-bit bus.  However, the new GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER runs it at 15.5GHz versus 14GHz on the RTX 2080.  The TGP is 250W on the RTX 2080 SUPER versus 215W on the RTX 2080. 

In our original testing, the performance was on average 5-7% faster with the RTX 2080 SUPER versus the RTX 2080.  Overclocking will no doubt improve that advantage.