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PNY GeForce RTX 2080 Ti XLR8 in test – with 300 Watt limit, reference board and sufficient reason

You can drive it with the power limit up to the maximum allowed 380 watts, or sit back relaxed in noble modesty. And always with the knowledge that the last watt from the can only leads to more heat and noise, but not really to more gaming performance. And so PNY runs the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti XLR8 factory with 260 watts and lays out the rest of the card accordingly cheaper.

This, of course, did not result in a super-OC card (which no longer exists with the RTX) nor a 1.8-kilo heavy cooling fuel, but a balanced compromise of effort, benefits and, in the end, probably also costs. It's certainly bigger, heavier and visually even more brutal – but not everyone really wants that. There are certainly some things that this card can't do, but you don't pay for it. And that's where she starts to get interesting again.


Unboxing and functionality

At 1045 grams, the card is quite light, which doesn't have to be negative yet, but already gives a glimpse of certain things. With 30.7 cm from the outer edge slot panel to the end of the cooler, it is already quite long, but measures only 10.7 cm from the top edge slot panel to the top edge of the graphics card housing. As a real dual slot card it is only 3.5 cm thick and the 0.5 cm for the backplate must also be taken into account.

Otherwise, the map is visually more of a grey mouse, as PNY has simply saved itself the usual RGB combat illumination and any color combat paints. The black ABS radiator cover with the anthracite-coloured light metal cover in brush look is minimalistic but well-designed. The backplate is pure optics and has no cooling function

PNY delivers the card with two external 8-pin ATX power supply connectors. This card has got a maximum power limit (not to be confused with the Power Target) of 300 watts in the firmware, the standard Power Target is at a reasonable 260 watts.

The GPU-Z-Screenshot then tells us the rest of the details:

Technical data and comparison maps

At the end of this introduction, the maps of the new generation and those of the old generation in direct tabular comparison:

GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
Nvidia GeForce
RTX 2080 Ti
Nvidia GeForce
RTX 1080 Ti
Nvidia GeForce
RTX 2080
Nvidia GeForce
RTX 1080
Architecture (GPU)
Turing (TU102) Turing (TU102) Pascal (GP102) Turing (TU104) Pascal (GP104)
CUDA Cores
4352 4352 3584 2944 2560
Peak FP32 Compute
544 544 No 368 No
68 68 No 48 No
Texture Units
272 272 224 184 160
Basic clock
1350 1350 MHz 1480 MHz 1515 MHz 1607 MHz
Boost clock
1635 1635 MHz 1582 MHz 1800 MHz 1733 MHz
Storage bus
352-bit 352-bit 352-bit 256-bit 256-bit
Memory bandwidth
616 GB/s 616 GB/s 484 GB/s 448 GB/s 320 GB/s
88 88 88 64 64
L2 Cache
5.5MB 5.5MB 2.75MB 4MB 2MB
300w 260W 250w 225W 180w
18.6 billion 18.6 billion 12 billion 13.6 billion 7.2 billion
Chip size
754 mm2 754 mm2 471 mm2 545 mm2 314 mm2
SLI Support
Yes (x8 NVLink, x2) Yes (x8 NVLink, x2) Yes (MIO) Yes (x8 NVLink) Yes (MIO)


Test system and measurement methods

We have already described the new test system and the methodology in detail in the basic article "How We Test Graphics Cards, as of February 2017" and therefore refer to this detailed basis for simplicity. Description. So if you want to read everything again, you are welcome to do so. However, we have again improved CPU and cooling to largely exclude possible CPU bottlenecks for this fast card.

If you are interested, the summary in table form quickly provides a brief overview:

Test systems and measuring rooms
Intel Core i7-6900K -4.5GHz
MSI X99S XPower Gaming Titanium
G.Skill TridentZ DDR4 3600
1x 1 TByte Toshiba OCZ RD400 (M.2, System SSD)
2x 960 GByte Toshiba OCZ TR150 (Storage, Images)
Be Quiet Dark Power Pro 11, 850-watt power supply
Alphacool Ice Block XPX
5x Be Quiet! Silent Wings 3 PWM (Closed Case Simulation)
Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut (for cooler change)
Lian Li PC-T70 with expansion kit and modifications
Modes: Open Benchtable, Closed Case
Monitor: Eizo EV3237-BK
Power consumption:
non-contact DC measurement on the PCIe slot (Riser-Card)
non-contact DC measurement on the external PCIe power supply
Direct voltage measurement on the respective feeders and on the power supply
2x Rohde & Schwarz HMO 3054, 500 MHz multi-channel oscillograph with memory function
4x Rohde & Schwarz HZO50, current togor adapter (1 mA to 30 A, 100 KHz, DC)
4x Rohde & Schwarz HZ355, touch divider (10:1, 500 MHz)
1x Rohde & Schwarz HMC 8012, digital multimeter with storage function
Optris PI640, infrared camera
PI Connect evaluation software with profiles
NTI Audio M2211 (with calibration file)
Steinberg UR12 (with phantom power for the microphones)
Creative X7, Smaart v.7
own low-reflection measuring room, 3.5 x 1.8 x 2.2 m (LxTxH)
Axial measurements, perpendicular to the center of the sound source(s), measuring distance 50 cm
Noise in dBA (Slow) as RTA measurement
Frequency spectrum as a graph
Operating system Windows 10 Pro (1803, all updates)


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