Review of Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 Gaming OC 8G: Semi-Passive Turing Goes

Due to the reduced supply of GeForce GTX 1080 Ti cards and falling prices on third-party Turing-based models, we are reviewing Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 Gaming OC 8G impressions and updating value comparisons across reviews.

Only a few weeks after the launch of the GeForce RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti Nvidia cards, previously the Ti 1080-gen board based on Pascal's architecture almost completely disappeared

Maybe it's okay. The cheapest GeForce RTX 2080 now sells for $ 750 (585 pounds in the UK), which is still higher than the price Nvidia told us to expect when the Turing-based line-up debuted in the US, but is much cheaper in the UK. And the Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 Gaming OC 8G that we reviewed today even includes a copy of Battlefield V. Obviously, Nvidia's board partners try harder to revive the interests of the GeForce RTX 2070 and 2080 (Ti 2080 remains very expensive).

When we publish our review of the GeForce RTX 2080 Gaming OC 8G, it costs around $ 830 (£ 750 in the UK). However, in the following weeks, he fell to $ 750 (£ 585 in the UK). This price is far more attractive than the design of the Nvidia Founder Edition itself. After all, Gigabyte offers a highly capable 3X Windforce thermal solution, semi-passive fan mode for absolute silence when not in use, configurable lighting, and a four-year warranty.

Review of Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 Gaming OC 8G: Semi-Passive Turing Goes

Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 Gaming 

  •     Runs cooler than Nvidia's Founders Edition design
  •     Higher GPU Boost rating than Nvidia’s Founders Edition design
  •     Semi-passive fan mode facilitates silence and low power consumption at idle
  •     Configurable lighting via bundled RGB Fusion app
  •     Lowest price among third-party GeForce RTX 2080s

  •     Cheaper-feeling construction than Founders Edition card
  •     Triple-slot cooler takes up more space


Gigabyte's GeForce RTX 2080 Gaming OC 8G offers outstanding performance at 2560x1440 on screens with high refresh, luxury semi-passive fan mode, and quiet cooling solution. Because the price is less than the Founder Edition model built by Nvidia, we are willing to consider it a viable alternative for fans who want to save money.

 Meet The GeForce RTX 2080 Gaming OC 8G

Despite the size of the command of the GeForce RTX 2080 Gaming OC 8G, it's not as heavy as a graphics card. Nvidia's Founders Edition weighs 2.8 pounds (1.3 kg). Zotac Gaming GeForce RTX 2080 AMP dropped in 2.5 pounds (1.2 kg). Meanwhile, our scale claims Gigabyte cards weigh only 2.12 pounds (0.98 kg). Less heft usually means a lighter heat sink cools the GPU. But good fans can help overcome the shortcomings of the masses.

The GeForce RTX 2080 Gaming OC 8G measures 11.3 x 4.4 x 2 inches (28.7 x 11.3 x 5 cm), which means it occupies three expansion slots worth the space on your motherboard (along with a little space above / behind the card because of backplate). For some fans, this is not a problem. Extra width is used for higher heat sinks, which increases cooling. Gamers with smaller cases or some GPUs will have a harder time accommodating such configurations, especially when removing waste heat from the top and bottom of the card toward the motherboard through vertically oriented fins.Gigabyte uses plastic randomly throughout its shroud, which houses three 82mm fans. This fan detonates it through an arrangement of aluminum fins which are divided into three parts. The part closest to the display output is above the PCB. It does not make contact with the on-board components, but helps remove heat energy from the four heat pipes that touch the TU104 processor. The center is located on top of the Nvidia GPU. Six pipes passed him. Under the fins and heat pipes, a slab piled onto the PCB. Thermal pads between it and the GDDR6 module help cool Micron memory. The third part is the largest, extending from the power circuit above the back edge of the PCB to almost one centimeter. It also has four pipes passing through, along with a metal plate underneath which draws heat from VRM through the bearing.


A trio of fans, six copper pipes, and a direct-touch sink combine to form what Gigabyte calls the Windforce 3X cooling system. As part of this system, the outside fan rotates counterclockwise, while the center fan rotates clockwise. Turbulence is said to be kept to a minimum, resulting in less competitive air flow from adjacent fans. Then, at idle, the fans stopped spinning completely through a feature called Gigabyte 3D Active Fan. Fans who prefer to maintain a lower idle temperature can deactivate the 3D Active Fan through Gigabyte's Aorus Engine software. Frankly, fans make little noise when not in use so we prefer to keep them spinning (although semi-passive mode is one of the competitive advantages of this card).The Nvidia and Zotac cards we have reviewed are large and heavy, confirming the base plate which helps keep the two cards rigid. Gigabyte is not as heavy as its weight, so it's not enough to risk flexing it in a cellular LAN box. However, the GeForce RTX 2080 Gaming OC 8G thermal solution moves far more than the PCB when you press on one side of the fan shroud or the other.

 Gigabyte adds a metal plate to the back of the Gaming OC card. Seven screws remain attached to the PCB, with thick sections of thermal pad behind GDDR6 memory and electrical circuits helping to avoid hot spots.

Review of Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 Gaming OC 8G: Semi-Passive Turing Goes

At the top, Gigabyte's GeForce RTX 2080 Gaming OC 8G has one NVLink connection that is covered by a piece of plastic, the company logo in the middle, and GeForce RTX imaging on the other end. Downloadable RGB Fusion software allows you to control the color and effect of the backlight of the Gigabyte logo LED, similar to what we saw in the Zotac Gaming GeForce RTX 2080 AMP. The eight and six-pin power connectors are rotated 180 degrees to avoid conflict with a form-mounted heat sink, and a special white LED mounted to the PCB light to let you know if something goes wrong with additional power. We only see this burning at boot

Review of Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 Gaming OC 8G: Semi-Passive Turing Goes

 Display outputs on Gigabyte’s card match the GeForce RTX 2080 Founders Edition: you get three full-sized DisplayPort 1.4 connectors, one HDMI 2.0 port, and VirtualLink support via USB Type-C. A fairly free-flowing grille isn’t functionally significant, unfortunately, since the cooler’s fins move air perpendicular to the bracket.

how We  Test Gigabyte's GeForce RTX 2080 Gaming OC 8G

While many users will attach Gigabyte cards to systems with the latest Intel or AMD processors, our graphics station still uses the MSI Z170 Gaming M7 motherboard with an Intel Core i7-7700K CPU at 4.2 GHz. This processor is equipped with a G.Skill F4-3000C15Q-16GRR memory kit. The Crucial MX200 SSD remains, combined by the Intel DC P3700 1.4TB that is loaded with games.As far as the competition goes, we can assume that the GeForce RTX 2080 and all partner boards based on the same design are defeated by the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and Titan V, both of which are in our test pond. We also compare the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, Titan X, GeForce GTX 1080, GeForce GTX 1070 Ti, and GeForce GTX 1070 from Nvidia. AMD is represented by Radeon RX Vega 64 and 56.

Our choice of standards now includes Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation, Battlefield 1, Civilization VI, Destiny 2, Doom, Far Cry 5, Forza Motorsport 7, Grand Theft Auto V, Metro: Last Light Redux, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Tom Clancy's Division, Ghost Recon Wildlands of Tom Clancy, The Witcher 3 and World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth.

The test methodology we use comes from PresentMon: Performance in DirectX, OpenGL, and Vulkan. In short, these games are evaluated using a combination of our own OCAT and internal GUI for PresentMon, by logging in via AIDA64.

All numbers that you see in today's section are fresh, using updated drivers. For Nvidia, we use build 411.51 for the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and 2080. Zotac Gaming GeForce RTX 2080 AMP was tested at 411.70, while the Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 Gaming OC 8G employs 416.34. Other cards were tested by building 398.82. The Titan V results were checked in place with 411.51 to ensure the performance did not change. AMD cards make use of Crimson Adrenalin Edition 18.8.1, which is the latest at the time of the test.

Interestingly, there is a bug in The Witcher 3 that was introduced a few past builds. This causes flickering through our benchmark scene, where the background appears to turn white and return. This problem does not seem to affect performance, but it is clearly annoying. Nvidia released the hotfix driver on October 28 to resolve it.

Also


Delivered by FeedBurner