Model : GeForce RTX 2080 Super JetStream
RRP : £769.98
Read the bit-tech review on the Palit GeForce RTX 2080 Super JetStream…
While Nvidia has faced considerable backlash over the pricing of its Turing-based GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and RTX 2080 cards, few can deny the sheer quality of its latest Founders Edition cards. However, this puts board partners like Palit in a tough position – why opt for a third-party solution when the first-party offering is so good and, in most cases, the cheapest option. The RTX 2080 FE, for example, costs £750, and only a handful of SKUs tend to match or beat this price.
That hasn’t stopped Palit from offering a whopping six RTX 2080 SKUs, at least if its website is to be believed. Not all of them are easy to find stock of, including this one, the RTX 2080 Super JetStream, which is the second fastest in the Palit roster with a boost clock of 1,860MHz. This puts it at 60MHz/about three percent more than the FE and 150MHz/about nine percent faster than reference clocks. The 8GB of GDDR6 memory is left at the default speed of 14Gbps, which seems to be the norm. Read the full review here.Conclusions :
We’ve been unable to nail down a proper UK price for this exact card, as it doesn’t appear to be on sale anywhere. We do have an MSRP of £800, but given that the slower version (JetStream rather than Super JetStream) also retails for £800, we’d say you’re looking at £820 to £850 for this card, which is £70 to £100 more than the Founders Edition. Taking the more generous £820 here, you’re looking at a nine percent price hike over the FE, for which you have to live with a larger and more power hungry card that lacks the exceptional Founders Edition build quality, but on the other hand you do get lower noise output, a dual-BIOS switch, marginally faster performance, more power phases, and – assuming it can be made to work properly – RGB lighting. Another thing that’s lacking, though, and something that we’ve seen bundled with other cards, is something to help combat the weighty card’s considerable sag.
Again, we see that a board partner is left in a tough position thanks to the (relatively) low price of the FE card versus its quality. Nvidia has reduced the headroom partners can get in performance and cooling, and it shows. Palit’s card certainly isn’t bad, but nor is it sufficiently awesome to absolutely justify its price premium over the FE variant, although we can see it doing so for some customers depending on their exact priorities. The closer you can find it to £800 the better, but it’s also left struggling in the face of there still being good reasons to opt for the GTX 1080 Ti over the RTX 2080, especially now that decent GTX 1080 Ti cards are retailing for well below £700.Read Review
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