Best graphics card for gamers. Palit GeForce RTX 2080 Super Gaming Pro OC Review

In early 2020, Palit released a series of new graphics cards. The most powerful in the lineup was the GeForce RTX 2080 Super Gaming Pro OC, based on the Turing architecture. It features an advanced cooling system with three fans and excellent performance. We have already tested this chip and even compared it with the younger model – and now we are ready to share the results.

Scope of delivery and appearance: The GPU traditionally came to us in cardboard packaging, inside of which is protective foam on all sides. There you can find paper manuals, but there were no power adapters in the kit – if necessary, the user will have to buy them himself.

The card itself turned out to be quite massive: its dimensions are 288x112x50 mm, in addition, it occupies two and a half slots on the motherboard – not a record, but decent. However, this is not surprising, given its impressive capabilities in terms of power. 

Two aluminum radiators with copper heat pipes that extend along the entire length of the card are responsible for heat dissipation. On top of them are three fans with adjustable speed. If the temperature does not rise above certain values, coolers can stop completely – then vidyuha works almost silently.

In general, in design our card is practically no different from the younger model RTX 2070 Super Gaming Pro OC. It has the same black casing with the Palit logo on the upper edge, an identical plastic backplate on the back of the board and the same location of the power connectors. Therefore, you can distinguish one GPU from another only by stickers (well, or by performance in games and synthetic tests).

Main characteristics: Like the RTX 2070 , our version is based on the TU104 processor with the Turing architecture . Only here there are already 3072 CUDA cores (against 2560 for the younger model), and the frequency of the core with factory overclocking has been increased to 1845 MHz (against 1800 MHz). But the amount of graphics memory was left unchanged: Palit GeForce RTX 2080 Super Gaming Pro OC has on board 8 GB of GDDR6 type with a 256-bit bus. The number of ports is also standard. There are three DisplayPort 1.4a connectors and one HDMI 2.0b on the rear panel . USB-C is not fashionable today , as is the case with the RTX 2070 . 

And a few words about the minimum requirements for a user PC. To connect a video card, you must have a power supply of at least 650 watts, at least 8 GB of RAM and 1.5 GB of hard disk space. 

Temperature and synthetic tests: The cooling system is working properly, so during the tests the temperature of the card never bothered us. In idle state, the GPU on average warmed up to 35-36 degrees, and at high load – up to 73 degrees. About the same results were with the younger RTX 2070 . It is not surprising, because both cards have the same radiators with identical fans. 

We also ran our RTX 2080 Super Gaming Pro OC through all the main benchmarks, comparing the resulting numbers with the results of the RTX 2070 . A noticeable increase in the “parrots” is visible in all synthetic tests. Below is a gallery with the results in 3D Mark and PCMark . 

Game Performance: So, it’s time to check the power of vidyuhi in modern AAA titles. To do this, we installed the card in a test bench with an EVGA Z390 DARK motherboard , an  Intel Core i9-9900K processor (5 GHz) and a 850 W Seasonic Prime Ultra Titanium power supply . The amount of RAM is 16 GB (DDR4).

First of all, we decided to evaluate the potential of the RTX 2080 Super in Battlefield 5 . Although the multiplayer shooter was released back in 2018, it still remains relevant for gamers, and is also quite demanding on hardware. But our system handled it perfectly. We set the maximum graphics settings and measured the average number of frames per second in all three standard resolutions: Full HD (1920×1080), WQHD (2650×1440) and Ultra HD (3840×2160). The results are as follows – 152 fps, 123 fps and 77 fps, respectively. For comparison, the younger model RTX 2070 Super produced less impressive results – 134 frames in Full HD, 106 frames in WQHD and only 61 frames in 4K. And this is considering that during its tests we had 32 GB of RAM instead of 16 GB.

In a more recent shooter Rage 2, the card also showed good numbers. With a minimum resolution, you could play 136 fps, and with WQHD the number of frames per second dropped to acceptable 89. If you install Ultra HD, you can enjoy ultra-sharp picture with a frequency of 45 frames – it’s quite comfortable to play.

Well and where without Metro Exodus . The RTX 2080 Super successfully passed the ordeal of a game from Ukrainian developers. In Full HD mode, the main character Artyom expectedly moved most smoothly (130 fps), with WQHD resolution, the frequency dropped to 98 frames per second, and in Ultra HD – to an acceptable 60 frames. But it is worth considering that the game gave out these numbers with the RTX and DLSS parameters turned off. When ray tracing and super-sampling were turned on, the number of frames per second dropped by about 12-15% in all modes. But for Metro, this is a very good result, because the shooter is unusually demanding on equipment even without real-time raytracing.

Game / fpsFull HD (1080p), RTX + DLSS OFFWQHD (1440p), RTX + DLSS OFFUltra HD (4K), RTX + DLSS OFF
Battlefield 515212377
Rage 21368945
Metro exodus1309860

In Palit has once again managed to create a great video card with high power and a smart cooling system. The graphics processor supports all modern technologies, including hardware acceleration of ray tracing in real time and, of course, gaming in ultra-high resolution. The latest games work stably at maximum graphics settings – we did not notice any slowdowns, sagging or artifacts during the entire testing period.

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