The RTX 2080 Super Founders Edition shares its design with the FE variants of the RTX 2080 and RTX 2070 Super, so we won’t cover it in great detail here.
It’s a design that still holds up to scrutiny, we feel, both in terms of build quality and aesthetics (for the most part). Fitting neatly into a proper dual-slot form factor, the bulk of the shroud is formed from two-tone aluminium, and a solid metal backplate rounds the card out nicely. The shiny chrome-style central plating and green Super logos are the only real aesthetics tweaks compared to the original design. The GeForce logo along the top is illuminated in green; the LEDs can be disabled in software.
Nvidia doesn’t ship its Super FE cards with overclocks – another change from the originals. This means we have boost and base clocks of 1,650MHz and 1,815MHz respectively and a memory speed of 15.5Gbps.
The board design is shared with RTX 2080 as well, with Nvidia evidently deeming this to be sufficient to cope with the increase to a 250W TDP. This means we have an 8+2 phase power configuration on the PCB and a six-pin/eight-pin PCIe power plug combination.
Three DisplayPort 1.4 headers are fitted as usual, and it’s these you’ll need to connect to variable refresh rate screens. They’re backed by one HDMI 2.0b port and a Type-C port with VirtualLink connectivity.
Cooling comes courtesy of two axial fans that remain on at all times and sit above a vapour chamber heatsink. Nvidia makes efficient use of the space it has available within the form factor chosen. Heat is exhausted out of the top and bottom of the card, so make sure your case exhaust airflow is decent enough to cope with this added burden.
A three-year warranty gives the FE card an advantage over partner cards that only come with the EU standard of two.
October 14 2021 | 15:04