ZOTAC GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER AMP Graphics Card Review

There’s been a massive amount of graphics card releases this month and the latest is NVIDIA’s RTX 2080 SUPER, which rounds out the company’s ‘SUPER’ lineup of RTX 20-series GPUs which was initially launched earlier this month. The RTX 2080 SUPER is meant to succeed the vanilla RTX 2080 as NVIDIA’s second to highest tier graphics card, with the RTX 2080 Ti still serving as flagship.

Today, we’ll be taking a look at a custom RTX 2080 SUPER, specifically the ZOTAC RTX 2080 SUPER AMP, which is a dual-fan card with a factory overclock and a retail price of $739, which is about $40 more than the RTX 2080 SUPER’s MSRP.

ZOTAC GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER AMP Specifications

Note: ZOTAC custom specifications highlighted in bold.

ModelRTX 2080 SUPERRTX 2080RTX 2080 Ti
CUDA Cores307229444352
Texture Units192184272
ROPs646488
Tensor Cores384368544
RT Cores484668
Boost Clock (MHz)1815
1845
17101545
Base Clock (MHz)165015151350
Peak Compute 11.15 TFLOPS10 TFLOPS13.45 TFLOPS
Giga Rays/s8810
Memory Type15.5 Gbps GDDR6 14 Gbps GDDR6 14 Gbps GDDR6
Memory Bus256-bit 256-bit 352-bit
Memory Bandwidth (GB/s)495.9448616
VRAM8GB8GB11GB
GPUTU104TU104TU102
ArchitectureTuringTuringTuring
Manufacturing ProcessTSMC 12nmTSMC 12nmTSMC 12nm
Die Size545 mm² 545 mm² 754 mm²
TDP250W215W250W
Launch Price$699 MSRP
$739
$699 MSRP
$799 FE
$999 MSRP
$1,199 FE
Launch Date7/23/20199/20/20189/20/2018

Taking a look at the specifications, we can see that the RTX 2080 SUPER is definitely closer to the vanilla 2080 in terms hardware than it is to the RTX 2080 Ti. In fact, it is using the exact same 545mm² TU104 die, except this time it is fully enabled with 4.3% more CUDA, Tensor and RT cores and the same increase in Texture Units as well.

Clock speeds are also increased by up to 6.1% and there’s a 10.5% increase in total memory bandwidth thanks to the use of faster 15.5 Gbps GDDR6 memory, which is the fastest memory clock speed we’ve seen yet.

ZOTAC has also pushed clocks slightly further with a factory overclock of 1.6% to the boost clock. This isn’t much, but ultimately, with Turing maximum boost clocks will be dynamic and vary based on the load and other factors such as cooling, silicon quality, etc.

ZOTAC GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER AMP Overview

Taking a look at the card itself, we can see an all-black design, which is definitely appreciated as I’ve never been a fan of cards with colored accents (they clash with builds!), that said, we do have an RGB illuminated ‘ZOTAC GAMING’ logo on the side, which is tasteful, but if you’re not into that sort of thing you can always keep it off. The card also features a metal backplate, with ZOTAC’s new gaming brand logo, and the company’s “LIVE TO GAME” motto.

The card measures in at 298mm (11.7-inches) long, and in terms of cooling, the card features a dual-fan configuration with two 100mm fans. It is a true dual-slot design, with a large aluminum heatsink that spans the entire length of the card.

The card is powered by a 16+4 phase VRM design, which is fed by dual 8-pin PCIe connectors, which is up from the single 8-pin and 6-pin connectors found on the reference cards. In terms of I/O, we’ve got 3x DisplayPort 1.4 ports and a single HDMI 2.0. Notably absent is the single USB-C ‘VirtualLink’ port which is also found on the Founder’s edition cards. While there are still no VR headsets I’m aware of which support this connection, it is still a drawback for any card of this price, if only a minor one.

Graphics Card Test Setup and Methodology

All game benchmarks are taken from a 3-run average either in-game or using the title’s built-in benchmark utility. Performance is recorded using OCAT: the open-source frontend for PresentMon, which itself is an open-source capture and analytics tool which supports modern APIs such as DirectX 12 and Vulkan.

For our graphics card reviews, we use a 2nd generation Ryzen-based system with some parts supplied by AMD and DEEPCOOL. Thanks to all who sponsor components in our test systems, as without them it would be very costly to source the components we need.

Test Bench
CPUAMD Ryzen 7 2700 @ 4.1GHz
MotherboardASUS ROG Crosshair VI Hero X370
RAM16GB (2x8GB) Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro DDR4-3200 CL16
GPUN/A
Storage500GB Samsung 850 EVO SSD (OS), 480GB Patriot Burst SSD
CoolerDeepCool Castle 240 RGB all-in-one liquid cooler.
CasePhanteks P350X
PSUDeepCool Quanta DQ1250

ZOTAC GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER AMP Overclocking

Overclocking on the RTX 2080 SUPER AMP wasn’t the most impressive, but it never really is with a Turing-based GPU. We were able to increase the Core Clock by 60MHz and the Memory Clock by 200MHz. This gives us a peak Core Clock of around ~2040MHz in testing and a maximum memory clock of 15.9 Gbps. Those numbers are pretty good, but as we’ll see later, they don’t necessarily translate into much great performance overall.

ZOTAC GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER AMP Power and Thermals

Power Draw
Temperatures

ZOTAC GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER AMP Performance

3DMark Fire Strike and Time Spy

Fire Strike
Time Spy

Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey

We test this title using the game’s built-in benchmark utility.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

We test this title during a 60-second gameplay segment in the ‘Hidden City’ portion of the game.

Far Cry: New Dawn

We test this title using the game’s built-in benchmark utility.

Forza Horizon 4

We test this title using the game’s built-in benchmark utility.

HITMAN 2

We test this title during a 60-second gameplay segment in the ‘Santa Fortuna’ map.

Resident Evil 2 (2019)

We test this title in a 60-second gameplay segment at the early portion of the game in the fiery streets of ‘Raccoon City’ on the way to the police station.

Battlefield V

We test this game during a 60-second gameplay segment of the ‘War Stories’ single-player game mode on the first level of the ‘Tirailleur’ campaign.

Tom Clancy’s The Division 2

We test this title using the game’s built-in benchmark utility.

Gears of War 4

We test this title using the game’s built-in benchmark utility.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

We test this title during a 60-second gameplay segment on the ‘Roswell’ level of the campaign.

World War Z

We test this title using the game’s built-in benchmark utility.

DXR Ray-Tracing Performance

Looking at DXR performance in a couple of the titles we usually benchmark and we can see that the RTX 2080 SUPER seems to be capable of delivering 60 FPS at 1440p with Ultra DXR quality settings enabled. Personally, I’m still not sure if Ray Tracing is worth the overall loss in FPS, but ultimately, that’s up to you to decide what’s most important to you.

Conclusion

For the purposes of this review, I’m going to split my conclusion into two sections. First, I’m going to talk about the RTX 2080 GPU itself, and then I’ll get into ZOTAC’s specific implementation.

So, first let’s break out some performance summary charts as you’ll no doubt want to see how 2080 SUPER stacks up against the (admittedly limited) GPUs we compared it against.

Taking a look at the above chart, we see that the RTX 2080 SUPER is 15.5% slower on average compared to the RTX 2080 Ti at 2160p (4K). Now, considering it is also about 35% cheaper when compared against the typical asking price for an RTX 2080 Ti, then it may seem like the RTX 2080 SUPER is a pretty good value, and I suppose for a $700 GPU, it is.

That said, compared to AMD’s newly released RX 5700 XT the RTX 2080 SUPER is 19% faster on average, which is a pretty wide margin, but again, when you factor pricing into the equation it becomes a bit more complicated. The RX 5700 XT retails for just $399, which is roughly 42% cheaper than the RTX 2080’s $699 asking price. In terms of value, it’s hard to beat the Radeon card, but if you’re in the market for a +$700 graphics card, you’re likely not necessarily looking for a value option.

I can’t help but feel disappointed by the RTX 2080 SUPER. Yes, it is the most powerful graphics card ~$700 USD can buy, but it also isn’t a whole lot faster than the RTX 2080 was at the same price point, and even that wasn’t much faster than the GTX 1080 Ti which occupied the same price point over two years ago. It just isn’t exciting the way the RTX 2070 SUPER was a few weeks ago, or even the RX 5700 series. Still, if you’ve got $700 burning a hole in your pocket the RTX 2080 SUPER is definitely the best GPU to buy, but that may be only because it’s basically the only real option until AMD releases higher-end Navi GPUs sometime in the future.

Now, let’s talk specifically about the ZOTAC RTX 2080 SUPER AMP. At $739, it is about 6% higher than the MSRP, which isn’t really all that bad for a partner card. The cooling solution does fairly well, and while our sample didn’t overclock as much as we’d like, out of the box performance was quite good. Noise wasn’t really an issue, although that is my subjective take as we don’t measure this in any scientific way. All around, the AMP is a solid performer and I’m quite pleased with the overall design of the card.

With all that said, if you’re in the market for an RTX 2080 SUPER, you should definitely consider the ZOTAC RTX 2080 SUPER AMP.

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