It's been a couple of weeks since NVIDIA officially launched its GeForce RTX graphics cards based on its Turing architecture with real-time ray tracing and other goodies. Since then, there have been a bunch of custom cooled variants emerge from NVIDIA's add-in board (AIB) partners. Two of the newest ones come from Zotac. They include the GeForce RTX 2080 AMP Extreme and GeForce RTX 2080 AMP Extreme Core.
In lieu of an official announcement trumpeting their arrival, Zotac went and updated its website with product pages for both cards. Unfortunately, the company is not sharing GPU clockspeeds at the moment. However, we know from past iterations that the Extreme model will be the faster of the two. Whether that includes goosed base and boost clocks or just an overclocked boost clock remains to be seen—so far it seems that NVIDIA's board partners are focusing their overclocks solely on the boost clock.
That said, it looks like Zotac is pushing the memory past NVIDIA's reference clock. Both models are listed as having 8GB of GDDR6 memory clocked at 14.4 Gbps on a 256-bit memory bus. NVIDIA's reference blueprint calls for 14 Gbps, so we're looking at a 400MHz bump. Either that or it's a typo on Zotac's part.
Outside of presumably differing GPU clocks, the Extreme and Extreme Core appear identical. Both of the cards boast a 16+4 power phase design to help with stability and, by extension, further overclocking by the end user. They also sport Zotac's IceStorm 2.0 cooling scheme with a new fan design.
"The all-new fan design performs the multi-stage sweep with each rotation with minimal effort. The multi-stage blades feature blade tips at the outer and inner edge to generate multiple currents and a raised inner with a grooved curved path [to] direct the flow more inwards to allow the airflow to touch and pull away more heat," Zotac explains.
These cards feature three cooling fans in all, with active fan control that allows users to adjust fan rotations independently of one another. These combine with a thick aluminum finned heatsink and five 8mm copper heat pipes for cool and quiet operation, according to Zotac. And of course RGB (Spectra) lighting is part of the package too.