The first partner card on the block.

Manufacturer : EVGA

Model : GeForce RTX 2080 XC Ultra Gaming

RRP : £809.99

Read the HEXUS review on the EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 XC Ultra Gaming

The GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and RTX 2080 rolled into review town on Wednesday. Based on the all-new Turing blueprint and housing an eclectic mix of compute cores for traditional rasterisation, ray tracing and deep learning, these cards feature the most forward-looking architecture ever. Our results showed that while RTX 2080 was marginally faster than the last-gen GTX 1080 Ti in today’s games, it had the ability to streak up to 50 per cent ahead when using its smart muscle to the fullest.

Conclusions :

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EVGA comes locked and loaded to the RTX 2080 party with four cards that cover the $750, $800, $850 and $900 price points. Such product differentiation is achieved by running different core speeds, using larger coolers, or in the case of the FTW3, an all-in-house design.

The leader of the non-custom spec is the XC Ultra Gaming, built on that Founders Edition PCB but featuring a hulking 2.75-slot cooler. With Nvidia keeping things tight, EVGA ups the core boost clock to 1,815MHz, or just above that FE, though real-world results are almost identical. That means superb performance at QHD and very passable numbers at UHD.

There’s little doubt that the XC Gaming is a solid card. It carries simple RGB lighting, the fans switch off at low loads, it runs about 10°C cooler, and is marginally quieter than the reference board. All good stuff.

What’s jarring for EVGA, on this side of the pond at least, is the retail price of £850-plus, putting it over £100 dearer than you know what. This fact is all the more worrying for enthusiasts because many already feel the RTX 2080 to be priced too high.

Nvidia is putting its cohort of board partners into a tight spot by, we imagine, limiting their margins through high buy-in pricing. EVGA probably can’t turn a profit at a retail £750, so we can only imagine that any RTX 2080 value will arrive when AIBs are allowed to produce their own PCBs at a price more amenable than buying from Nvidia directly. EVGA is promising us some interesting promos in the near future, so stay tuned for those.

However, it’s these current economic machinations that take the shine off what is otherwise a decent, well-implemented card, but at the current £850 asking price we’d go for the Founders Edition and buy a few leading games with the change.

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