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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super shootout: Which custom card should you buy?

By Koh Wanzi - 20 Nov 2019

Introduction

Which is the best custom GeForce RTX 2080 Super?

NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 2080 Super is very, very fast, but if you're looking to take things up a notch with factory overclocks and custom cooling solutions, there are plenty of cards out there vying for your money. I'll be looking at the cards from seven different brands today – with so many options and looks available, including new entrant EVGA, you'll probably be able to find one that fits your tastes and budget:

  • ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 Super Gaming Advanced
  • EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Super XC Ultra, Overclocked
  • GALAX GeForce RTX 2080 Super EX 1-click OC
  • Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 Super Gaming OC
  • MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Super Gaming X Trio
  • Palit GeForce RTX 2080 Super White GameRock
  • Zotac Gaming GeForce RTX 2080 Super Triple Fan

Before I dive into the results and the individual cards, let me just get one thing out of the way first. Clock speeds don't matter that much, and all the cards produce near-identical results in games. Instead, things like thermal performance and design matter more, so that's what I'll be focusing on. In addition, you'll probably want to pay attention to how much space the cards require, such as whether they're two- or three-slot models and how much clearance you need in your case.

To make that simpler, I've included the dimensions of each card below so you get a clearer picture of how they stack up against one another, at least in terms of size. 

Models / Specs Dimensions (cm) No. of slots occupied Power connectors
Length Height Thickness
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 Super Advanced 29.97 13.04 5.41 2.7 2x 8-pin
EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Super XC Ultra, Overclocked 26.98 11.12 6.81 2.75 1x 8-pin, 1x 6-pin
GALAX GeForce RTX 2080 Super EX 1-click OC 29. 5 14.30  5.20 2 1x 8-pin, 1x 6-pin
Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 Super Gaming OC 28.65 11.45 5.02 2 1x 8-pin, 1x 6-pin
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Super Gaming X Trio 32.8 14.00 5.65 2.7 2x 8-pin
Palit GeForce RTX 2080 Super White GameRock 29.2 13.00 5.96 2.7 2x 8-pin
Zotac Gaming GeForce RTX 2080 Super Triple Fan 30.8 11.30 5.70 2.5 1x 8-pin, 1x 6-pin

The EVGA card stands out for being one of the thickest cards around (though one of the shortest), while the MSI and Zotac models are one of the longest, requiring over 30cm of space!

But with that out of the way, it's time to take a closer look at what each card offers over the next few pages and how they stack up.