Choosing between FE and custom is no longer clear-cut, and for most users it may well be just a matter of personal preference.
The Duke 11G OC is a sensible addition to MSI's range of custom RTX 2080 Ti graphics cards. Appreciating that Nvidia's new-and-improved Founders Edition now poses a greater threat, Duke is priced to compete and offers both a sizeable cooler and a small increase in core frequency.
MSI's design isn't as sleek as the reference card, however Duke finds itself in a useful middle-ground; it isn't as large as the range-topping Gaming X Trio, yet build quality is suitably robust. In previous generations, throttling on FE cards would have helped a triple-fan cooler such as this stand out, but the RTX performance gap has narrowed, and during real-world usage you'd do well to tell the difference between the Founders Edition and Duke OC.
Choosing between reference and custom is no longer clear-cut, and for most users it may well be just a matter of personal preference. Whichever you choose, RTX 2080 Ti is a beast of a GPU, delivering true 4K60 gaming performance and promising more to come as developers get to grips with the forward-looking Turing architecture.
Bottom line: RTX 2080 Ti is the ultimate GPU and MSI's Duke is a fine example of what a partner card should offer. It's both faster and cooler than reference, and costs only a fraction more.
Good cooling performance
Keeps quiet at all times
Silent when idle, quiet under load
It's a £1,140 graphics card
Not as sleek as the Founders Edition
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Duke 11G OC
The MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Duke 11G OC graphics card is available to order from Scan Computers.
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