ZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER AMP Extreme Graphics Card Review

Last week we tested the GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER Mini from ZOTAC, and I have to say, I’m really impressed by its performance, price and of course its compact size. The new SUPER series from Nvidia is quite an impressive range of graphic cards.

Today, we’ll be taking a quick look at the ZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER AMP Extreme. It uses the same Turing architecture from Nvidia but now comes with even more CUDA cores, a total of 3072 as opposed to 2944 CUDA cores found on the original RTX 2080. It also runs at a higher base clock rate of 1650 MHz (original is 1515 MHz), with a factory OC boost clock rate of 1875 Mhz (original boost is 1815 MHz), this gives you a performance boost of 8 Giga Rays/sec. Interestingly, the total memory bus speed has now increased to 15.5Gbps, while keeping the same memory capacity of 8GB of GDDR6 ram. It also uses the same 256-bit memory bus giving you a memory bandwidth of 496 Gb/s.

Being it’s an AMP Extreme edition, this card comes with all the extras as you’d expect, such as … the Spectra Lighting, ICESTORM 2.0, Freez/Active fan control, wraparound protection, Power Boost with 16+4 power phases, and of course the support for SLI using the NVLink connector.

 

What is RTX all about?

Well, Nvidia have included Ray-Tracing capabilities in their new Turing GPU, giving you lifelike lighting, reflections, and shadows, offering a level of realism far beyond what’s possible using traditional rendering techniques.

Ray-Tracing is nothing new, in fact it’s been around a lot longer than you can imagine. The very first real-time ray-tracing was presented by Arthur Appel in 1968. It became more widely known during the 1980’s but it required huge processing power that only a few mainframe computers and a handful of workstations could offer.

Now almost forty years later, Nvidia is bringing real-time Ray-Tracing to the masses with their Turing GPUs, and you’ll find them on their GeForce RTX series of graphic cards.

 

 

Here’s a quick comparison of the GeForce RTX 20 series from Nvidia (default clock speeds)…

  GeForce RTX 2080 Ti GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER GeForce RTX 2080 GeForce RTX 2070 GeForce RTX 2060 Super
Architecture Turing Turing Turing Turing Turing
CUDA Cores 4352 3072 2944 2304 2176
Frame Buffer 11GB GDDR6 8GB GDDR6 8GB GDDR6 8GB GDDR6 8GB GDDR6
Base Clock Speed 1350 MHz 1650 MHz 1515 MHz
1410 MHz 1470 MHz
Boost Clock Speed 1545 MHz 1815 MHz 1710 MHz 1620 MHz 1650 MHz
Giga Rays/sec 10 8 8 6 6
Memory Speed 14 Gbps 15.5Gbps 14Gbps 14 Gbps 14 Gbps
Memory Bus 352-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit
Memory Bandwidth 616 GB/s 496 Gb/s 448 Gb/s 448 Gb/s 448 Gb/s
Power 250W 250W 215W 175W 175W
DX12 Support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Vulkan API Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ray Tracing Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

 

We’ll start by saying a big thanks to Zotac for providing the review sample. This is a snippet from what Zotac has to say about themselves on their website …

BRAND STORY

ZOTAC, the creator of the Original Mini PC, derives its name from the words “zone” and “tact”, aptly referencing our skill & expertise in the zones of PC components, systems, and manufacturing. Combining both function and design, ZOTAC strives to create the latest technological products that epitomize form, utility, and style.

Innovation, Quality and responsibility

ZOTAC believes being at the forefront of innovation is the key to the future. Our dedication to produce quality products us the backbone of our business model, and we work round-the-clock to ensure all our products are up to then our rigorous standards.

 

Looking at the list of RTX 20 series cards available, the GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER sits somewhere between Nvidia’s flagship RTX 2080 Ti and the more affordable RTX 2080 … so this means, you can expect both the price and performance of the RTX 2080 SUPER to reflect this.

With more cores and a factory overclocked GPU, the ZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER AMP Extreme should produce some stunning results in our benchmark tests. I’ll be comparing with the original ZOTAC GeForce RTX 2080 AMP Extreme Core, as well as other RTX cards that we’ve tested in the past. 

OK, let’s get busy with the review and start off with features and specifications in our next page… 

You can buy the ZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER AMP (8GB GDDR6) Graphics Card for USD $739 from Amazon – https://amzn.to/2LKccFF

 

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