Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti overclocked to 2.4 GHz on LN2, ends Titan V hegemony in 3DMark
Full reviews for the RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti cards started to flood the Net yesterday, and most of these agree that the two cards are not worth their current MSRP, which will probably end up even higher in the next few months. If anything, the two cards seem quite rushed as there is not much support for ray tracing and deep-learning super sampling in current games, plus the performance in 4K and 1080p over the Pascal counterparts is not impressing anyone.
Nvidia claims that the new RTX cards can be pushed quite a bit with the aid of its new overclocking software, and the latest reviews noted that the overclocking capabilities are indeed generous. One of the RTX 2080 Ti samples even made it in the hands of a professional overclocker who managed to unleash the power of the Turing processor with the aid of liquid nitrogen.
The overclocker known as KINGPIN managed to push the core frequency of a reference RTX 2080 Ti card to 2.41 GHz (1.54 GHz default) and the GDDR6 memory clocks to 8,63 GHz (17.2 GHz effectively) using the EVGA Precision X1 software. The overclocking setup also included an EVGA X299 Dark motherboard running the Core i9-7980XE 18-core CPU from Intel clocked at 5.5 GHz plus 32 GB of G.Skill Trident Z DDR quad-channel RAM clocked at 3.8 GHz.
KINGPIN tested the LN2-cooled GPU in the 3DMark suite and the overall scores are higher than all previous Titan V results. In Time Spy Extreme, the LN2 setup managed to score 9,275 points, while in Fire Strike Ultra it scored 11,283 points. The results are impressive, but they would have been more impressive if the card were not overclocked to the extreme.
The overclocking potential is outstanding, there is no doubt about it; however, Nvidia could have worked a bit more on the default clock performance. As it stands, the RTX 2000-series cards are hardly making any difference in some current games @1080p and it barely get to 40% improved performance in 4K. Hopefully these issues can be fixed with future drivers.