ASUS Turbo-RTX2080-8G Blower-Style GeForce RTX 2080 Performance Review

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ASUS Turbo RTX2080 8G Retail Box
ASUS Turbo RTX2080 8G Retail Box

Starting off the new year, we have our first NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 series GPU from ASUS. Featured here today is the ASUS Turbo-RTX2080-8G based on NVIDIA’s new Turing 12nm architecture. The ASUS Turbo RTX2080-8G utilizes the TU104 graphics processor includes several new features including the new RT (Raytracing cores) and Tensor cores (AI) to accelerate certain aspects of performance. Feeding these new hungry cores, the GeForce RTX 2080 series GPUs use GDDR6 for improved memory bandwidth. In August of 2018, Patrick was at Hot Chips 30 where NVIDIA showed off its new architecture and new product launches. The new cards use gamer-focused dual fan cooler designs instead of the blower-style coolers we want to see in high-end workstations and servers.

ASUS Turbo-RTX2080-8G Overview

The ASUS Turbo-RTX2080-8G retail box is colorful and has all the features highlighted. “TURBO” and “RTX” are large to catch your eye on a retail shelf, and the box itself is somewhat smaller than other brands which we like.

ASUS Turbo RTX2080 8G Retail Box Front
ASUS Turbo RTX2080 8G Retail Box Front
ASUS Turbo RTX2080 8G Retail Box Back
ASUS Turbo RTX2080 8G Retail Box Back
ASUS Turbo RTX2080 8G Accessories
ASUS Turbo RTX2080 8G Accessories

Only two items appear in the Accessories loadout, including a CDROM which is hardly needed. Most of our readers likely do not even have a CDROM drive these days. The general rule of thumb is to download the latest drivers from NVIDIA and get the latest GPU Tweak from ASUS and your good to go.

ASUS Turbo RTX2080 8G
ASUS Turbo RTX2080 8G

The Turbo-RTX2080-8G has a monolith block design with an angled slope at the end of the card. Length of the Turbo-RTX2080-8G is 10.59,” and double-slot width has it fitting in small workstations and servers just fine. ASUS is not supposed to market these cards for use in servers, but we bought this unit and the blower-style cooler is what you want there.

ASUS Turbo RTX2080 8G Front
ASUS Turbo RTX2080 8G Front
ASUS Turbo RTX2080 8G Back
ASUS Turbo RTX2080 8G Back

The front of the Turbo-RTX2080-8G offers a clean, smooth matte finish with a decorative finish of angled raised/grooved surfaces. The back does not have a back-plate so take care when installing the card. We wished that ASUS included a backplate. For those using these cards to rip the coolers off and install aftermarket cooling and backplates, this is a cost savings measure that makes sense. For those who want to use this as a compute card, backplates help.

ASUS Turbo RTX2080 8G Power Connectors
ASUS Turbo RTX2080 8G Power Connectors

The Turbo-RTX2080-8G uses two power ports, with 1x 8-Pin  and 1x 6-Pin connectors that connect out the top, this might be an issue with some server setups where outputs coming out at the end of the card is preferred but should be no issue for workstation uses. You can see how companies deal with these types of layouts in our piece: Avert Your Eyes from the Server Humping Trend in the Data Center. One can also see that the heatsink fins are laid out from the front to rear of the card which is what we want for server and high-end workstation airflow.

ASUS Turbo RTX2080 8G Video Outputs
ASUS Turbo RTX2080 8G Video Outputs

Display outputs provided by 2x DisplayPort 1.4 ports and a single HDMI 2.0b port. At the far right, there is a USB Type-C port which comes in handy for VR devices. Companies are trying to push a USB Type-C standard to minimize the number of cables running to VR headsets.

ASUS Turbo RTX2080 8G Blower Air Cooler
ASUS Turbo RTX2080 8G Blower Air Cooler

The blower cooler is typical for cards like this. ASUS uses an 80mm dual-ball bearing design which is IP5X dust resistant to protect against dust damage to internal components. For normal operation, the fan is reasonably quiet, but at full speed, it does make a fair amount of noise. If you want quiet, do not get blower-style coolers.

Next, we are going to look at the ASUS Turbo-RTX2080-8G software before doing a quick specification check, and commencing with our performance benchmarks.

5 COMMENTS

  1. Would love to see some compute benchmarks between MI60 and MI50 and the Tesla’s.
    We already have enough gaming engine benchmarks and we all know that drivers are optimized for spec workloads.

  2. I’d really like to see you test the claim that blower-style cards do better in server cases than dual-axial designs.

  3. tomraid I think they’re talking about when you have 4 or 8 in a server. Look at their deeplearning10 or deeplearning11 builds.

    I can say we sell those based on Supermicro servers. We had a >25% annual GPU failure rate on gaming 2-3 fan coolers in those servers, when they even fit. Many gaming ones are too tall to fit. I think it’s just common knowledge now that you use blowers in 4 and 8 GPU servers.

    In workstations we make for clients with only 1-2 GPUs the gaming ones work great.

  4. Unbelievable the Review is Excellent MR. Harmon

    *This only tells me only the 2080Ti will be the BEST I plan on getting 2 2080 Ti’s
    Please do a Review on the 2080 Ti Please
    Excellent Review!
    Eric
    US Army Veteran

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