PNY GeForce RTX 2080 XLR8 Gaming Overclocked Edition review: Okay but overpriced

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Ghost Recon Wildlands

Move over, Crysis. If you crank all the graphics options up to 11, like we do for these tests, Ghost Recon Wildlands ($50 on Humble) and its AnvilNext 2.0 engine absolutely melts GPUs. Even the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti can’t come close to 60 fps at 4K resolution.

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Middle-earth: Shadow of War

Middle-earth: Shadow of War ($50 on Humble) adds a strategic layer to the series’ sublime core gameplay loop, adapting the Nemesis system to let you create an army of personalized Orc commanders. It plays like a champ on PC, too, thanks to Monolith’s custom LithTech Firebird engine.

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F1 2018

The latest in a long line of successful games, F1 2018 ($60 on Humble) is a benchmarking gem, supplying a wide array of both graphical and benchmarking options—making it a much more reliable option that the Forza series. It’s built on the fourth version of Codemasters’ buttery-smooth Ego game engine. We test two laps on the Australia course, with clear skies.

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Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation

Ashes of the Singularity ($40 on Humble) was one of the very first DX12 games, and it remains a flagbearer for the technology to this day thanks to the extreme scalability of Oxide Games’ next-gen Nitrous engine. With hundreds of units onscreen simultaneously and some serious graphics effects in play, the Crazy preset can make graphics cards sweat. Ashes runs in both DX11 and DX12, but we only test in DX12, as it delivers the best results for both Nvidia and AMD GPUs.

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Next page: Gaming benchmarks continue, thermals and power draw

At a Glance
  • The PNY GeForce RTX 2080 XLR8 Gaming Overclocked Edition is an okay RTX 2080 priced like a premium model. We can't recommend over other options it at full retail price.

    Pros

    • Great 4K/60 or 1440p/144Hz gaming performance
    • Slightly cooler than Nvidia's Founders Edition

    Cons

    • Cheaper feeling design than Founders Edition and rival high-end RTX 2080s
    • Costs too much for what it offers
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