GALAX RTX 2080 EX 1-Click OC Graphics Card Review

  1. About the GALAX RTX 2080 EX 1-Click OC Graphics card...
  2. Graphics Card Design
  3. How its tested
  4. Futuremark Benchmark
  5. OpenGL Benchmarks
  6. Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
  7. Rise of the Tomb Raider
  8. Hitman
  9. DOOM
  10. GPU Computation Benchmark
  11. Folding at Home and LuxMark OpenCL Benchmark
  12. SuperPosition Benchmark
  13. Power Draw and Fan Noise Levels
  14. GPU Cooling and Manual OC Impressions
  15. Conclusion
  16. Online Purchase Links


Disclosure: The RTX 2080 EX 8G is loaned by GALAX.

About the GALAX RTX 2080 EX 1-Click OC Graphics card…

At first glance, the GALAX RTX 2080 EX is looking to be a card with a compact design because of its colour and design choice. It is not when compared with its RTX 2080 Founders Edition. The graphics card seems to be lightweight compared to other graphics card of this class. The GALAX RTX 2080 EX’s cooling system is advertised to dissipate heat up to 260watt TDP, with a larger heatsink fin surface area and higher airflow (70.1 CFM) rating. Fair enough.

GALAX has a good set of competitors who have varying SKUs. It also doesn’t help when Nvidia is also competing with its AICs when it started selling the Founders Edition exclusively. GALAX is more known for its all-white HOF series graphics card- the all-white GPU is the talk of the town. I did review a GALAX graphics card in the part. So let us see how it goes from here.

Packaging and Contents

The internal packaging is well done. The RTX 2080 is protected by foam block and a pad on top of it. The GALAX RTX 2080 EX is accompanied with three years warranty.

To accessorise or not to accessorise?

Accessorising a discrete graphics card seems redundant. Most brands just give a disc, sleeved PCIe cables that are not going to be used and a case badge. GALAX has none of these. These cables are not sleeved but you shouldn’t rely on a power supply which, at the very least, does not have the required auxiliary cables to power up such graphics cards. At some point, someone would be providing a very small capacity driver+utility flash drive and a case badge as a norm for all of its mid-to-upper end graphics cards. Providing sleeved extension cabled would be a better option than providing Molex-to-PCIe power cables.

Helpful manual!

I do appreciate a newbie-friend instruction manual to install a graphics card. Many gaming PC users who never built a system together would find it easy to make such installation thanks to such a manual.

Specifications

  • GPU Engine Specs:
  • CUDA Cores 2944
  • Core Clock (MHz) 1710
  • 1-Click OC Clock (MHz) 1755 (by installing Xtreme Tuner Plus Software and using 1-Click OC)
  • Memory Specs:
  • Memory Speed 14Gbps
  • Standard Memory Config 8GB
  • Memory Interface Width 256-bit GDDR6
  • Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec) 448
  • Feature Support:
  • PCI-E 3.0
  • Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 10 64-bit, Linux 64-bit
  • Display Support:
  • DisplayPort 1.4 x 3, HDMI 2.0b
  • Dimensions(with Bracket): 295*143*52mm
  • Dimensions(without Bracket): 285*127*52mm

Clock Speed

For some reason, GALAX clocked this card at Nvidia RTX 2080 reference spec- 1515/ 1710 MHz. By comparison, the Founder’s Edition is up to 1800 MHz on boost clock. This graphics card’s “one-click” OC profile adds +45MHz, which is up to 1755 MHz boost clock.

There is an RTX 2080 EX OC which has a +135MHz boost clock more than its reference specification.

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