ASUS GeForce RTX 2080 ROG STRIX Gaming OC Review: Fast, Quiet, Pricey

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ASUS RTX 2080 ROG STRIX Gaming OC Edition - Shadow Of War And Wildlands

Monolith’s surprisingly fun Orc-slaying title Middle Earth: Shadow of War, delivers a ton of visual fidelity even at its lower quality settings. So, to maximize the eye-candy on these high-end graphics cards, we used the game’s Ultra quality preset and ran the benchmark routine at a couple of resolutions, topping out at 4K -- or, excuse us, 3840x2160 for the sticklers out there. All of the game's graphics-related options were enabled, along with Temporal AA and Camera Blur. We should note this is the latest installment in the successful game series and our review of Shadow of War is right here, if you'd like to catch up on the happenings in Middle Earth.

Middle Earth: Shadow of War Performance
Glorious Orc-Slaying Action

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Middle-Earth: Shadow of War

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We're starting to see a trend here, obviously. The Shadow Of War benchmark once again has all of the RTX 2080 cards finishing right on top of each other, with a slight edge going to the higher clocked ASUS RTX 2080 ROG STRIX and MSI card.

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The games render and frame times tell the same story, just in reverse. The ASUS RTX 2080 ROG STRIX and MSI Gaming X Trio offered slightly lower render times, hence their somewhat better average frame rates.

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands
DirectX 11 Gaming Performance
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands is a tactical shooter set in an open-world environment. The game is played from a third-person perspective, though there is an optional first person view when aiming certain guns. Players are members of the fictional "Ghosts", an elite special-operations unit of the United States Army. The game is also very taxing on system resources in general and perhaps not that well optimized, though it does look fantastic. We tested Wildlands -- which is a DX11 title -- with all of the in-game graphical options cranked up to their maximum values, at both 1440P and 4K. 

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Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands

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The ASUS RTX 2080 ROG STRIX pulled off a victory over the MSI card at 1440p in the Wildlands benchmark, but at 4K -- which is more bandwidth limited -- all of the RTX 2080s are very tightly grouped.

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