Best card I’ve owned so far I have been through three 2080 TI’s so far due to bad coil whine, faulty fans and games crashing constantly :( unfortunately. As for this card I for sure hit the silicon lottery cause this thing overclocks like a beast I can hit over +2100 MHz with keeping it around 63C at a 67% fan speed (2000 RPM) and +1100 on the memory sitting around 75C on the hottest chip. The cooling on this card is great and it’s well built structurally, but for me I notice a minor amount of sag closer to the power connection so I built my own gpu support just to be safe :). I will admit that the card does have some coil whine as well but it is so faint you can’t here it over my case fans at all, overall this card is great and highly recommended
+ Excellent overclocking headroom + Beautiful design and LEDs + Runs fairly quiet and cool + Incredible performance + Precision X1 software has some very useful tools and information
- Had to return the first one due to crashing and BSOD - Price to performance is awful (NVIDIA's fault, not EVGA) - Potential for GPU sag - Precision X1 software loves to crash on my system a lot of the time
This card is an absolute star performer and will handle gaming, video editing, art design, and anything else you can throw at it, with ease. I don't blame EVGA for the pricing as NVIDIA controls the pricing points for each level of GPU, but because of this pricing, it is hard to recommend this card to pure gamers unless they are after decent frames in 4K. The price to performance ratio is abysmal for gamers.
Ray Tracing (RTX), the card's main selling point, is not readily available in mainstream gaming titles, and when it is activated, it becomes a major performance hit as it will drop frames dramatically. NVIDIA's answer to this drop was supposed to be Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS), and while it may work, there are even fewer titles that can utilize that feature.
I have had no issues overclocking between 100-150 MHz on the core clock, and over 1000 on the memory clock, and during both stock and overclocked settings, this gpu never went over 70 degrees celsius on the stock fan curve. With a custom, and more aggressive fan curve, the temperature hovers between 60-65 degrees in my terrible summer weather.
Precision X1 software is useful and provides the user with lots of data and temperature read outs that you will not find on other software, and overclocking is a breeze within this utility. I still do not use it over MSI Afterburner simply because it crashes about 50% of the time when I use it. It is more a question of when, rather than if, but when X1 becomes more stable through patches and updates it will be an excellent software program to use with this card and others.
Overall, it is an incredible graphics card which I would definitely recommend to people who are after a gpu that will excel at more than just gaming, like video editing and graphic/art design, or alternatively, if you are a hardcore gamer, with an enthusiast level PC that is after 4K 60+ FPS or 1440p 120+ FPS on maxed out settings, this card will fit the bill, and that bill will be large.
My specs for reference: Intel i7-9700K @ 5.0 GHz 32GB RAM @ 3200 MHz
Amazing card. The install was ok but make sure you are on the latest version of Windows 10 build 1809 or you cannot install the drivers. Also it’s almost impossible to reach the screw holes for the back plate on my case to fasten the card to the chassis (Corsair Obsidian 900D).