The fastest RTX 2080 we’ve tested thus far.

Manufacturer : Palit

Model : GeForce RTX 2080 GameRock Premium Edition

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We have the privilege of playing with all sorts of cutting-edge tech here at HEXUS HQ, but few things excite us quite as much as a new graphics card architecture. Testing Nvidia’s latest GPUs has been both fun and informative, yet while we’ve been left suitably impressed by the top-of-the-range GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, the jury’s still out on the second-tier RTX 2080.

It’s a mighty chip, there’s no doubt about that, however the price tag is far from inviting, and though forward-looking features such as ray-tracing and DLSS sound impressive on paper, there aren’t yet any games that unlock the potential of the Turing architecture. Heck, when evaluated using current titles, RTX 2080 doesn’t perform significantly better than the previous-generation GTX 1080 Ti.

Conclusions :

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RTX 2080 is turning into something of a conundrum. It is ultimately a powerful, forward-looking GPU whose architecture could help transform the PC gaming experience, however the frustration is that there aren’t yet any high-profile titles that champion what the Turing architecture is all about.

Let’s put it this way, if Half Life 3 were to launch tomorrow, with ray-tracing support and a DLSS performance boost of 40 per cent, we imagine the queue for RTX 2080s would be a lot longer than it is. Tech demos and closed simulations are all well and good, but Nvidia needs RTX-enabled games to come to market, and fast.

As it stands, the lofty £750 starting price is a large hurdle for gamers to have to overcome, and such obstacles don’t bode well for partner cards that typically attract an additional premium. Palit’s RTX 2080 GameRock Premium Edition, at £830, does almost everything you would expect a custom card to do; it is cooler, quieter and faster than reference, but the margins are small, and at the current price point we’d be inclined to lean toward the cheaper, sleeker and almost-as-quick Founders Edition.

Bottom line: Palit’s GameRock Premium Edition may be one of the quicker RTX 2080s around, but the price tag needs to drop below £800 for it to warrant recommendation.

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