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Gigabyte launches pair of RTX 2080 Super WaterForce cards

by Mark Tyson on 30 July 2019, 15:11

Tags: Gigabyte (TPE:2376), AORUS, NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA)

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Gigabyte has launched a pair of new GeForce RTX 2080 Super Waterforce graphics cards under its Aorus brand. The new Aorus GeForce RTX 2080 Super Waterforce 8G and Aorus GeForce RTX 2080 Super WB 8G are differentiated by just two letters but it makes a big difference. The former card is one which we would usually call and AiO cooler packing card, the other (the 'WB' model) comes with a water block ('WB') and the fittings necessary to incorporate into an existing custom water cooling loop setup.

Whichever model you choose you will get a card that comes out of the box running with the following core and memory clocks:

 

AORUS GeForce RTX 2080 Super Waterforce 8G

AORUS GeForce RTX 2080 Super Waterforce WB 8G

Chipset

GeForce RTX 2080 Super

GeForce RTX 2080 Super

Core Clock

1860 MHz (Reference Card: 1815 MHz)

1860 MHz (Reference Card: 1815 MHz)

Memory Clock

15500 MHz

15500 MHz

Memory Size

8 GB

8 GB

Memory Bus

256 bit

256 bit

Card Bus

PCI-E 3.0 x 16

PCI-E 3.0 x 16

Memory Type

GDDR6

GDDR6

DirectX

12

12

OpenGL

4.5

4.5

PCB Form

ATX

ATX

Digital max resolution

7680x4320@60Hz

7680x4320@60Hz

Multi-view

4 (from 7 outputs)

4 (from 7 outputs)

Card size

L=290 W=131.05 H=40.41 mm

L=291.29 W=159.05 H=28.7 mm

Power requirement

650W (2x 8-pin)

650W (2x 8-pin)

 

As noted by Gigabyte in its comparison tool, these cards run at a 1860MHz core clock by default, compared to the 1815MHz reference model. Gigabyte says it has picked the best GPUs for these cards using Gigabyte GPU Gauntlet sorting technology. Whichever model you choose Gigabyte has prepared a 12+2 Power Phases design for 'extreme overclocking'.

A big difference you will find is in the physical dimensions of the AiO vs the WB card. Naturally the WB model is quite a bit slimmer due to the cooling solution but relies on other cooling equipment in your PC. Both cards feature 7 outputs - an improvement on the reference 5 output design.

Coolers

The AiO card includes a large copper base plate, and a built-in pump over the cooling shroud. Gigabyte says the base plate covers the GPU, VRAM and MOSFET areas to help maintain stable overclocks and extend the life of the product. The accompanying radiator is a 240mm model with 2x 120mm RGB fans. Both the card and radiator have RGB lights which can be controlled via RGB Fusion 2.0.

Moving to the WB model, this has a metal backplate, ultra-durable components, and a critical component covering copper base plate - like the above model - but atop of this is the large but slim water block with RGB illumination and liquid in/out section atop of it. Again the RGB lighting is configurable with RGB Fusion 2.0.

Both cards are backed by a 4 year warranty from Gigabyte. However, the firm hasn't announced availability or pricing for these new liquid cooled graphics cards as yet.

The last time the HEXUS editor looked at a Gigabyte Aorus WaterForce card was with the RTX 2080 Ti WaterForce (AiO), back in November 2018.



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Quietly because nobody cares :)
GinoLatino
Quietly because nobody cares :)

bit harsh. I was interested. What pump does the AIO version use, and is it noisy like the old Asetek-using cpu coolers?
ik9000
GinoLatino
Quietly because nobody cares :)

bit harsh. I was interested. What pump does the AIO version use, and is it noisy like the old Asetek-using cpu coolers?

It does look suspiciously identical to the cooling setup on the RTX 2080Ti WaterForce Hexus link to at the end of the article, which mentions Asetek.