If you’re building a high-end PC in 2020 and are looking for a GPU that can provide good 4K and 1440p performance without being prohibitively expensive like the RTX 2080 Super Graphics Cards Ti, then the RTX 2080 Super would likely be the best pick for your needs.
This GPU launch in July 2019, almost a year after the original RTX 2080 Super Graphics Cards, keeping all the main elements that its predecessor had while also presenting a performance boost. Granted, it is not a major upgrade, but the little bit of extra performance that you would get with an overclock RTX 2080 Super could very well smooth out your gameplay experience.
But which RTX 2080 Super should you pick? There are quite a few models available, and comparing them with one another in order to find the one that suits your needs best could be a time-consuming effort.
So, if you’d like to see a more narrowed-down selection of what we believe to be the very best RTX 2080 Supermodels currently available, read on!
1. ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 2080
First up, we have the ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER AMP, a dual-fan card with a simple black shroud and a dual-slot design, complete with a backplate and some basic RGB in the form of a lit logo on the side. It is thin and sleek, especially for a high-end GPU such as the RTX 2080 Super, so it looks really good.
However, you’re not purchasing a GPU this powerful just for the design – so how is the performance? Well, with its two fans and a fairly slim cooler, the temperature and noise generation can get quite high. You can expect the card to hit about 75 degrees Celsius under full load, so as you might expect, there’s not much overclocking headroom to speak of.
What this particular RTX 2080 Supermodel has going for it is that it’s among the more affordable models currently available. Granted, if you’re already spending this much on a GPU, chances are you’d be willing to dish out a few more bucks for a version with better cooling, but we feel that this model is worth mentioning nonetheless.
2. EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Super
The next model comes from EVGA, and it is a blower-cooled variant of the RTX 2080 Super. We feel that blower-equipped cards often look quite good, and that is definitely the case with this model, which boasts a partially-translucent shroud.
But as you might know, blowers don’t usually offer the best cooling efficiency, especially not for a card this powerful. So, much like the previous model from Zotac, it will be running quite loud and hot, and it’s definitely not the card you should pick if you care about overclocking the GPU.
That said, the reason we are including this card on the list is that blowers can be good solutions for smaller, more cramped cases with limited airflow, as they blow hot air directly out the back of the card, thus preventing heat buildup inside the case.
3. Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 Super Gaming
Moving on, we get to some more serious solutions for 4K gaming, starting with the Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 Super Gaming. Like with the previous Gaming series Turing GPUs, the company dropped the orange highlights that have seen often in their earlier cards, featuring a simple black shroud with some gray highlights – an effective design that is very nicely complemented by the striped fans.
While it is by no means the best cooling solution currently available, the triple Windforce fans do a good job at keeping the card cool, and it generally won’t exceed 65 degrees Celsius under load – a big step forward in efficiency compared to the sort of heat and noise generated by the above two models.
Now, this RTX 2080 Supermodel from Gigabyte is a tad pricier, so we would have liked seeing some more extensive RGB lighting thrown into the mix for good measure, as the card only features an RGB-lit logo on the side, which is a bit disappointing at this price point.
4. MSI GeForce Gaming X Trio
Next, we have a similar solution to the above Gigabyte model coming from MSI – the MSI GeForce RTX RTX 2080 Super Graphics Cards X Trio.
Much like Gigabyte, MSI implemented a new and improved design with the first generation of Turing models – the gaudy red highlights are gone and are now replaced by a more neutral black shroud that is complemented by a brushed metal backplate, which is a very nice combo. Moreover, you’ll notice the extensive RGB lighting that makes for a great way to add some color to your build.
As far as the performance is concerned, the Gaming X Trio is on fairly even terms with Gigabyte’s card, albeit it runs a bit hotter and a bit quieter, so it takes one step forward and one step back when it comes to the cooling. Regardless, you’re unlikely to notice the difference in performance.
Essentially, if you want a card that performs about as well as the Gigabyte RTX 2080 Super but are willing to pay a little bit extra for the added RGB lighting, then the MSI RTX 2080 Super Gaming X Trio would be a good fit for your needs.
5. ASUS ROG Strix GeForce Super
If you want to have both RGB lighting and good performance, then the ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 Super might be a better fit for your needs than either of the prior two models.
Asus always offered very good cooling with its ROG Strix models, and one would expect nothing less from this brand. That said, the card has a higher factory clock than the MSI Gaming X Trio and it can hit similar maximum clock speeds, all the while being on the Gigabyte model’s level when it comes to the temperatures and noise.
Now, as mentioned above, Asus’ ROG Strix RTX 2080 Super does have RGB lighting, although you might notice that they’re still using the same shroud and backplate design that they’ve been using since 2016, so it looks a bit dated compared to most other 2020 models, especially in this price range.
6. EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Super FTW3 Ultra
The following card that we have lined up is another solution from EVGA, albeit it is a much more serious performance-oriented solution – the EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Super FTW3 Ultra.
This series of EVGA cards always consisted of some of their best air-cooled models, something that you can tell at first glance at the three fans and the massive heatsink. As far as raw performance is concerned, the FTW3 Ultra is almost identical to the Asus ROG Strix version of the RTX 2080 Super, as the two cards offer similar cooling efficiency, similar noise levels, similar maximum clock speeds, and they come with the same price tag attached.
That said, the main difference lies in the design. While we don’t much like EVGA’s translucent shroud design in their cheaper cards that come without RGB, you can imagine how well it works here with customizable lighting. On the downside, much like the Asus variant, it is fairly pricey, plus not everyone will like the card’s bulky 2.75 slot design.
7. Gigabyte AORUS GeForce RTX 2080 Super Waterforce
Now, if you really want to squeeze the most performance that you can out of an RTX 2080 Super, you’ll want to go with a liquid cooler. And so, we have decided to add the Gigabyte AORUS GeForce RTX 2080 Super Waterforce card to the list.
As you can tell from the picture, Gigabyte AORUS cards usually feature the kind of design and RGB lighting that puts Asus’ ROG models to shame, which is saying something. Granted, not everyone will be a fan of such an angular and somewhat over-the-top design approach, but it is what it is.
Enough about the design, though – how about the cooling?
Well, the card ships with an AIO liquid cooler, complete with a pump, a waterblock, and a single 240mm case-mounted radiator which is cooled by two 120mm fans. With this cooler, you can push the card even further than what air cooling allows, all the while it will be running at noticeably lower temperatures.
However, liquid cooling is fairly expensive, and the boost in performance that you’d get out of a liquid cooler such as this one might not be worth the extra expense for everyone.
Ultimately, an RTX 2080 Super is an RTX 2080 Super Graphics Cards, and any of the cards listed here would make for good picks.