NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Founders Edition Review – RTX Off and DLSS Disabled For Now

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Founders Edition – Test Setup

In testing and benchmarking the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Founders Edition, our test system is powered by an 8th Gen. Intel Core i7-8700K, overclocked to 5GHz. The CPU is installed on a Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Gaming 5 motherboard. Below are the rest of the system specifications:

Operating System: Windows 10 Pro 64bit
Motherboard: Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Gaming 5
Processor: Intel Core i7-8700K
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Pacific RL360 LCS with Pacific W4 RGB CPU Block.
Memory: Crucial’s Ballistix Sport AT DDR4-3000 32GB
Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Founders Edition
Storage Drives: Kingston KC1000 NVMe SSD 480GB OS
Power Supply: Seasonic 850W Prime Titanium
Chassis: Thermaltake Core P5

When I tested the graphics cards, I was using the GeForce driver version 411.51 for Windows 10 64bit. All games are tested in three resolutions, namely: 1920×1080 or full HD, 2560×1440 or WQHD and 3840×2160 or 4K ultra HD. For the synthetic benchmarks, I used the benchmark tools from 3DMark and Unigine 2. I also used the following games to test the graphics card: Battlefield 1, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Final Fantasy XV, Ghost Recon: Wildlands, Mass Effect: Andromeda, Middle Earth Shadow of War, Monster Hunter World, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Star Wars Battlefront II and The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt.

Below are GPUz and GPGPU screenshots of the GeForce RTX 2080 Founders Edition:

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Founders Edition – Noise and Temperature

The previous blower type Founders Edition cards are quite notorious for their noise, specially when the fan is cranked up. Blower type cooler tends to get more audible and loud compared to custom designed coolers (that has two or three fans). With the new cooler design on the GeForce RTX 20 series Founders Edition graphics cards I expect that somehow the temperature would improve and keep the noise level to silent or inaudible at all. I don’t have an accurate sound meter, but my ears are just 2 to 3 feet away from my open test system. And the GeForce RTX 2080 Founders Edition is inaudible at light to medium load, and depending on the fan speed.

To be specific, below 50% of fan speed the card is inaudible; it starts to get audible at 50% above. At 60% the card starts to get noticeable audible, remember I am using a Thermaltake Core P5 case which is very open. For closed case system, you may or may not hear the fans starting to speed up. But at 70% it starts to become noisy but not obnoxiously loud. The fans, combined with the gushing of air, becomes loud at around 80%. Finally, 90% and above, the card sounds like a small drone hovering.

As for temperature, the GeForce RTX 2080 Founders Edition’s new cooler design is doing a great job at keeping the temperatures low; similar to what you expect from a custom cooler design. During light to medium workload and normal desktop operation, the temperature just hovers around 40° Celsius. Fans do not stop though, but they are running at around 40% fan speed, which I believe is the minimum speed when in default. This is the same idle to medium load temperature I got with the RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition. Note that, I was just browsing the internet, editing photos and playing some videos at this time. Haven’t fired up any games yet, as that will definitely increase the GPU load.

Once I fired up FurMark GPU stress test at 1440p, GPU load shot up to 100% and the fans went up to 55% or around 2000+ RPM. Temperature could get as high as 77° Celsius; but that’s a few degrees cooler compared to the RTX 2080 Ti. I’m not surprised if the RTX 2080 runs cooler, in fact I expect it to be cooler compared to the RTX 2080 Ti since it has fewer cores and lesser power.

Note that the heat coming from the graphics card is blown sideways. Meaning towards the motherboard and towards the side (of the case) or away from the motherboard. Heat is not exhausted through the rear output ports due to the design and positioning of the vapor chamber / aluminum fin stack.

The following pages are the benchmark results. It’s time to see what kind of scores and fps we get from the GeForce RTX 2080 Founders Edition.

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I love computers since I was a kid. I’m always fascinated with new technology, especially in the PC world. Many years ago, I was curious if the reviews I read were true and real. So, why not test them myself and share my first-hand experience? And thus, here we are. Thanks for reading!

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