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Aorus GeForce RTX 2080 Xtreme Waterforce Review

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Aorus GeForce RTX 2080 Xtreme WaterforceAs the PC enthusiast community continues to grow, as does our options for customization. Customizing your PC has never been so easy and accessible. This is no more apparent than within the water cooling community as a whole. If you’re in the market for a simple all-in-one cooler, or you want a full, custom loop on a system that will cost you the same as a mid-sized sedan, several companies have you covered. The only difficult part may be getting every piece in your system to match. You may end up with a motherboard from one company, a GPU from another and a water block from a third. What if you wanted all three to come from the same company? Well, now you can.

I recently reviewed the Gigabytes flagship Z390 motherboard with a full-cover monoblock, the Z390 AORUS Xtreme Waterforce. A monoblock covers the CPU, power delivery, and PCH of the motherboard, but they also make a Waterforce version of both the RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 ti. In this review, I will be looking at the AORUS Geforce RTX 2080 Xtreme Waterforce edition. The AORUS GeForce RTX 2080 Xtreme Waterforce is an RTX 2080 with a custom AORUS water block attached. On top of the custom water block, the AORUS RTX 2080 Xtreme Waterforce is also factory overclocked and sports RGB lighting. But, is the extra cost of the card justified by performance? We ran the AORUS Geforce RTX 2080 Xtreme Waterforce through our suite of benchmarks to answer that exact question. So, what did we find out?

Review Sample Provided by: Gigabyte
Product Name/Link to Website: AORUS Geforce RTX 2080 Xtreme Waterforce 8GB
Product was given in exchange for work done to produce this review.

Specifications

Graphics ProcessingGeForce RTX™ 2080
Core Clock
  • 1890 MHz (Reference card: 1710 MHz)
RTX-OPS
  • 63
CUDA® Cores
  • 2944
Memory Clock
  • 14140 MHz
Memory Size
  • 8 GB
Memory Type
  • GDDR6
Memory Bus
  • 256 bit
Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec)
  • 448 GB/s
Card Bus
  • PCI-E 3.0 x 16
Digital max resolution
  • 7680×4320@60Hz
Multi-view
  • 4
Card sizeL=291.29 W=159.05 H=28.7 mm
PCB Form
  • ATX
DirectX
  • 12
OpenGL
  • 5
Output
  • DisplayPort 1.4 *3
  • HDMI 2.0b *3
  • USB Type-CTM(support VirtualLinkTM) *1
SLI support
  • 2-way NVIDIA NVLINKTM
Recommended PSU
  • 650W
Power Connectors
  • 8 Pin*2
Fitting typeG1/4″

The front of the package has the iconic AORUS falcon head logo shown predominantly on the front, covering the entire left side of the box.  To the below the AORUS Xtreme logo is the mandatory GEFORCE RTX 2080 branding, as well as an NVIDIA logo. Across the bottom, there are badges that make mention to a few key features of the card which include a 4-year warranty, 8 GB of GDDR6 memory, RGB Fusion support and a built-in water block.

AORUS extreme RTX 2080 box

There is a lot of information on the back of the box. The AORUS Xtreme logo and NVIDIA GEFORCE RTX 2080 branding are printed across the top of the box. There are depictions of some of the key features of the AORUS Xtreme Waterforce 2080. First is the RGB lighting on the front and the back of the card. There are also images of the full cover, copper base plate, the AORUS Waterforce water block and the seven video inputs on the AORUS Xtreme Waterforce 2080.

Inside, there is another black box with the AORUS falcon head logo printed in the center. Inside, the AORUS Xtreme Waterforce 2080 comes wrapped in an anti-static bag and packed in soft foam. I prefer soft foam, especially for packing hardware such as graphics cards. It just provides extra protection when in shipping. In the box, in addition to the card itself, you’ll find a metal AORUS case badge and a tube of thermal paste.

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Paul Malfy

Paul started building computers in 1994. He studied journalism and computer science in college. Paul loves gaming but hardware is his true passion. News Writer and Product Reviewer.

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