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Review Asus ROG Strix 2080 Ti Install, Gaming, and VR!


hey everybody get slaw inside Ben and today we’re going to be upgrading my gaming PC this video is going to be recorded as I livestream this effort and this upgrade is going to be a pretty quick one from an installation standpoint because I am upgrading just my GPU today a few months ago we did the CPU the memory and the motherboard today just the GPU and as you can see here I went with what is at the moment the top of the line card I paid a good amount of money for this thing this is the GTX 20/80 Ti and I figured I would get the same brand as my motherboard so I went with the Asus version here and I was looking around at maybe the 2080 Super or one of the other cards that are more recent but in looking at those I said you know what I’ll probably end up upgrading the card in a year anyhow so why don’t we just go with the top-of-the-line that’s available at the moment and see how long we can get out of this so I spent a good amount of money on this but I am really excited to improve frame rates in some of the VR games that I’m playing that are getting more and more demanding namely x-plane which is a flight simulator no man’s sky and of course we’ve got half-life Alex coming out in a few weeks and I really wanted something that could give me a sustained 90 frames per second and a lot of those demanding VR games we got the CPU going in our last upgrade but now I really want to get the GPU side taken care of so we’re gonna be doing now is getting this card installed into my gaming PC we’ll run some benchmarks and compare it against the 1080 that it’s replacing and then we’ll play a few games on it too should be kind of fun so we’re gonna get to it in just a

second now I do want to let you know in the interest of full disclosure that I paid for the GPU here with my own funds and all of the parts inside of my gaming computer were also purchased with my own funds nobody is reviewing or approving what you’re about to see before this is uploaded and all the opinions are my own so let’s get to it now and get this card unboxed and installed alright so let’s take this out of the box here we go folks so we’re going to open it up and try to keep the box in pristine condition because I have a feeling a couple of years from now I will be selling this as I tear the Box open here let’s just get it out this way it’s really kind of tight here and we’ll have a look around and see what they include inside the box will do my overhead view here so you can get a better view of it this is how you know you’re getting something fancy you’ve got gold print here we’ve got a cd-rom I have no cd-rom player but we’ll download those drivers and some instructions as to how to set it up so we’ll put those aside I’m sure we might need to refer to those and then we have a little cable tie thing and then we’ve got the card itself there’s not much to see in here folks just the card and a little cable tie holy mackerel this thing is a monster this thing’s gotta weigh about probably about 2 or 3 pounds this is heavy like I’m really this is pretty bulky so let’s get it out of its thing let’s ground myself here make sure we’re not gonna zap anything I gotta put my wristbands on in a minute here it’s gonna open it up and just have a look inside here and see what we’ve got for a card and hopefully everything is in good shape we’ve had a few live streams over the years where things came

broken so hopefully everything here is in tip-top shape and let’s just get the wrapping undone here now this thing has a switch on the on here which I’ll show you in a second I was reading the instructions a little bit earlier so here’s the fans this is a really monster monster card here look at these heat heat pipes in here that’s like these big if we can see them let’s see there you go you can see those pipes running through there there’s a monster now there’s a setting on the top of the card here and there’s a little printed thing it’s hard to see on camera but it says performance mode or quiet mode there’s an actual physical switch and of course I’m going to set mine to performance which means we might hear a little bit more fan noise but if you wanted it quieter you could switch it over to quiet it looks like you can just get at that on the top of the card here now for power this might be something I’ve got to spend some time on here we’ve got 2 power connectors here so this is going to use a lot more juice than my prior cards so that is something just to keep in mind I have a I think I’ve got a 750 watt power supply in my computer now hopefully that’s enough now what I’m taking out of here is a GT X 1080 card that I have I think I got around two or three years ago so we’re just going to get this one out by the way in case you’re wondering what the specs are on the system currently we have an I 999 hundred K processor some of the stuff in the case I had from the prior build so I kept the liquid cooler here for example in the 750 watt power supply hopefully that should be enough for this project we also have 16 gigs of ram in here and then the 20 other 10 80 that we are taking out will

be replaced by the new 20 80 that I just purchased so I’m just going to pop this out of here and this card’s pretty beefy on its own but it’s amazing how much more horsepower we are putting into the mix this card is pretty heavy but again the new one is a lot heavier so I’m going to set this one down over here and we’re going to move the new one here into position and hopefully it fits in the case I may have to move some cables around now one of the things that I will say I don’t do very well is cable management as you can see I’m going to have some challenges here getting this large card in here so I may have to adjust some of these cables to fit everything improperly one of the things you should spend time doing is getting these cables out of the way unlike what I have done just because it improves cooling and of course makes it easier to fit your cards in so I take a little break here and what I’m gonna do now is do a little cable management so we can fit the card in and continue the project here alright I got some of these cables moved out of the way so we’re going to now just get the card seated in the slot it looks like it’s in there now just double check yep okay so now we’re going to connect up power and I’ve got a power cable on my power supply here that has the right number of connectors so we’re just going to get both of these hooked up again this is like double what my last card was using so this is going to definitely require more juice than the original and that’s one thing to keep in mind when you are buying a high-end graphics card is to make sure you’ve got a large enough power supply to handle it all so I’m gonna do now is just get the rest of the power cables connected here and the next step is we’ll put the case back on as I mentioned before and boot it up so stay tuned we’re almost there alright so we’re gonna hit the power button now let’s see if it comes on that’s in Kurt

oh alright one more time there it goes it’s funny it did that when we first installed it initially it kind of like did a fit and start here but looks like everything is starting to come up and we’ve got the monitor here hooked up as well so we’ll see if that video card gives us something to look at and it looks like the monitor just came on so I think we are in good shape yeah here we go it’s starting to boot up so now what we’ll probably have to do first is install some drivers because I still have the 1080 drivers on from before and undoubtedly we will need new more up-to-date drivers so once this boots up into Windows we’ll take a look and see what we need to do there all right so we have booted windows back up all is good so far I did have a few issues with one of my hard drives that I have to troubleshoot now the next step is to get the drivers installed now I already uninstalled the drivers that I was running with my 1080 and now we’re going to do a clean install of the graphics drivers through the 28 ETI I got these off of the nvidia website this these are the most recent drivers that came in and under the options here I think what I’m gonna do is go over to custom and I’m going to click on perform a clean installation and what this will do is restore all of my settings to default but this will ensure that we get everything going here on a clean slate without having to reinstall windows hopefully so we’re going to let this run and when it’s done we’ll get our benchmarking software booted up and see how the card performs versus our old one all right so we are running the first benchmark now this is the time spy benchmark and we run this on all of the computers that we test here on the channel rarely do you see me actually running it in a video it’s a really cool demo that I wish there was a game around it it’s just the graphic demo here and when this is done we’ll get a score that’ll give us a comparative again against what we had configured on this before okay so the test just

concluded and we got a score initially here of thirteen thousand three hundred and nineteen I haven’t tweaked anything yet this is just like right after the installation of the hardware and the drivers which is a very good score in fact it’s almost twice as fast as what we had before with the 1080 GPU inside of the same case so the prior score was seven thousand four hundred and forty eight on graphics test one we’re hitting 90 2.25 frames per second before it was about 47 graphics test 2 almost 86 frames per second before it was 41 and because we have the same CPU the CPU score is the same all right so the first game we tried out here is GTA 5 and I cranked everything up at 4k we’re shooting the screen here with my camera and the only thing I turned down was the MSAA setting we’re at 4x versus 8x and we’re running at about 73 to 74 frames per second right now in 4k the game looks great this is a 60 Hertz monitor so we don’t have the ideal monitor for the amount of frames we’re pushing here but this is really cool to be able to run this game at this frame rate with most of the settings turned up again the only thing we turned down here was the msaa which went from 8x to the 4x and that seems to be working a little better when we had it at 8x we were getting about 35 to 45 frames per second so not bad but certainly a lot better here running at a very comfortable 78 ish right now which would be doing really well on my 4k television upstairs and next up here is doom we cranked the settings up as you can see here and even with those settings cranked at 4k we’re running well over a hundred frames per second most of the time in fact getting into the hundred and fifty frames per second territory here as we’re running through the game pretty remarkable performance out of this card so far and here is Forza 4 running at full settings 4k HDR on my OLED TV upstairs it looks great everything is performing wonderfully we are pretty much staying at 60 frames per second all the time occasionally it might drop down to like 56 or 58 or something but really it’s holding itself pretty consistently despite these super high settings and they’ve got a great benchmark that you can run on Forza 4 check it out here this is the results of that benchmark running a little earlier now is curious to see how performance was when the r-tx features of the card were enabled this supports the new ray-tracing features your watching a benchmark from Wolfenstein Youngblood running here it looks great at 4k we had the video quality set to uber and here you can see the results average frames per second at 83 max 111 and this largely mirrored my gameplay experience as well so really good performance here even on our TX enabled games however I did see that quake 2 r-tx did not perform nearly as well if I turned our TX off we’re running at almost a thousand frames per second give or take so there’s definitely some performance

variances here based on what you’re running but a well optimised game like Wolfenstein here looks and plays great so we’re gonna move on now to VR testing and we’re going to start with x-plane 11 which is an extremely demanding VR title it also runs in desktop mode and here you can see we’re getting about 45 frames per second on x-plane which is actually very good in VR for this title my old GPU wasn’t getting close to that sustained framerate and if you look at the GPU graph it looks like I’ve got some room to perhaps improve the graphic fidelity because the real bottleneck here is the high 9 CPU believe it or not this game is just not well optimised for virtual reality and I’m really eager to see how the Microsoft Flight Simulator does in VR if they do in fact put a VR mode into it but nonetheless I am very pleased with how well this is running it is so much smoother in my headset than it was before with my old GPU it’s definitely a lot more playable now than it was earlier so that’s a good thing but this does give you an indication as to just how much farther technology has to go to make robust VR possible given the frame rates that we have to run each eye at here’s another one this is no man’s sky I could never get this to even remotely get close to 90 frames per second on my old GPU and here you can see we’re actually doing pretty decently but he and here’s the but we’re running at the lowest settings and that is the best we’re able to get even out of the super high-end GPU with a fairly high-end CPU so optimization of course would help with this game as the other ones but also just having cards and CPUs that are more tuned for this kind of VR experience are going to be necessary to really extend this art and I think we have a long way to go here but nonetheless I’m pretty pleased with how much smoother it is with these two demanding titles and this one is kind of fun this is called the VR fun house and it’s from Nvidia it’s a free game that you can find on Steam and this has been out for a while and it has three different graphics settings and

I can never get the top setting to work very well on any of my prior hardware but now it is actually playing pretty nicely at the highest graphics settings and you can see the outcome of that here all good stuff now most of the VR titles that you’ll encounter on Steam and an oculus are really tuned to get 90 frames per second out of lower powered Hardware but the cool thing is with a higher power GPU is that you can turn up the super sampling in steam to get a higher quality image delivered to your headset and you can get there because you have the horsepower in your GPU to deliver that better graphical fidelity and you can set this super sampling percentage level in each game individually so if you’re seeing that you’re not making full use of that GPU and you’ve got the settings turned up you can then go into that super sampling and bump things up a bit to get a better quality image with the higher end hardware so overall I am very pleased with the outcome here my goal was getting better VR performance and we’ve got it in a very good way so this card is going to do what I wanted it to do at least for now until some other piece of software comes out that strains it further I do have some tweaking to do I found that my systems acting a little bit weird with my SATA drives so I have to figure out what’s going on with that but otherwise I am quite pleased with this upgrade not inexpensive but it will achieve what I wanted to achieve which was better VR performance and of course better 4k performance too so a lot more to see on this one I am sure let me know if you’d like me to test anything out for you and until next time this is LAN Simon thanks for watching this channel is brought to you by the lon TV supporters including gold level supporters the four guys with quarters podcasts Tom Albrecht Rick the stood Oh Chris allegretto in Kellyanne Kumar if you want to help the channel you can by contributing as little as a dollar a month head over to land TV slash support to learn more and don’t forget to subscribe

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