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Aorus GeForce RTX 2080 Xtreme Waterforce Review

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Battlefield V

Battlefield V is a first-person shooter EA DICE and published by Electronic Arts. Battlefield V is the latest games in the Battlefield series. Battlefield V takes place during World War 2. It has both a single-player and an online portion. For this review, we tested part of Battlefield V single-player, War Stories. The section that was tested was the second act of the Nordlys War Story. You play a young woman who is part of the Norwegian resistance whose mission it is to save her mother and help destroy a key component the Germans need to complete their atomic bomb. Battlefield 5 was one of the first games to support the new Ray Tracing feature from NVIDIA. This game was tested with both DXR on and DXR off.

For Battlefield V, all three cards were very close in performance. In 1080p, our Gigabyte Waterforce 2080 averaged 137 FPS, coming in just behind the reference card’s average of 142 FPS. Last was the Duke OC with an average FPS of 135. In 1440p, The Waterforce 2080 came out on top with an average of 111 FPS. The Duke OC was next with 107 FPS and the reference card was last with an average of 106 FPS. The 4k results were very close. The Waterforce 2080 again came out on top with an average of 67 FPS. The reference and the Duke OC 2080’s both averaged 65 FPS.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is an action role-playing game with first-person shooter and stealth mechanics that released in 2016. Set two years after Human Revolution in 2029, the world is divided between normal humans and those with advanced, controversial artificial organs called augmentations. You take up the role of Adam Jensen, a double agent for the hacker group Juggernaut Collective, who are equipped with the latest and most advanced augmentation technology. This game is beautiful and still very demanding on your system. The section benchmarked was near the beginning of the game, after the tutorial.

On all three resolutions, the three RTX 2080’s had similar results in Deus EX: Mankind Divided. However, our AORUS Waterforce Xtreme 2080 came out on top across the board. In 1080p, the AORUS Waterforce 2080 averaged 105 FPS. The reference 2080 averaged 104 FPS and the MSI RTX 2080 Duke OC averaged 101 FPS. The results were almost as close in both 1440p and 4k. In 1440p, the AORUS Waterforce 2080 averaged 76 FPS, coming in first again. The reference card averaged 79 FPS and the MSI RTX 2080 Duke OC averaged 69 FPS. In 4k, our AORUS Waterforce 2080 averaged 43 FPS. The reference 2080 averaged 39 FPS and the MSI RTX 2080 Duke OC averaged 38 FPS.

Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5 is the latest is the far cry series. It takes place in the fictional Hope County Montana. You play the role of the un-names deputy who’s sent to arrest Joseph Seed, the leader of the dangerous Edens Gate Cult. However, things do not go as planned and you spend the game trapped in Hope County attempting to take out Joseph and the rest of his family as they attempt to take over the entire county. Far Cry 5 was released in 2018. Ubisoft has developed a beautiful open world with amazing visuals. However, the game is very demanding on even the most powerful systems. This game was tested with the in-game benchmark, as well as near the beginning of the game when you first leave the bunker owned by Dutch as you attempt to clear his island of cult members.

For both 1080p and 1440p, the AORUS Waterforce 2080 was at the top of the pack again. However, in 4k resolution, the reference 2080 actually beat out the AORUS Waterforce 2080, In 1080p, the AORUS Waterforce 2080 averaged 135 FPS. Next was the reference card with an average of 133 FPS and the MSI 2080 Duke OC came in last with an average of 130 FPS. As you can see, they were all very close in Far Cry 5 at 1080p. In fact, they were just as close in 1440p, in the same order. The AORUS Waterforce 2080 was first with an average FPS of 111. Next was the reference card with an average of 109 FPS and the Duke OC was last with an average of 107 FPS. In 4k, the reference 2080 came in first with an average of 71 FPS. Next was our test card, the AORUS Waterforce 2080 with an average of 62 FPS. Again, the Duke OC came in third with an average of 59 FPS.

Final Fantasy XV

Fans of the Final Fantasy series waited well over a decade for this game to release. Final Fantasy XV is an open-world action role-playing game. You play as the main protagonist Noctis Lucis Caelum during his journey across the world of Eos. Final Fantasy XV was developed and published by Square Enix as part of the long-running Final Fantasy series that first started on the original NES back in the late 1980s. The section that was benchmarked was the first section near the start of the game, where there was actual combat.

In Final Fantasy XV, all three cards ran neck and neck. However, the AORUS Waterforce 2080 was the overall winner. In 1080p, the AORUS Waterforce 2080 averaged 136 FPS. The reference card averaged 133 FPS and the Duke OC averaged 131 FPS. In 1440p, the AORUS Waterforce 2080 and the reference card tied at an average of 94 FPS. The Duke OC averaged 92 FPS in 1440p. In 4k, the AORUS Waterforce 2080 averaged 59 FPS. Both the reference 2080 and the Duke OC averaged 56 FPS in 4k.



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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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