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Unboxing the EVGA RTX 2080 Ti Video Cards

Way back when I first started this build log aside from the Titan cards, the GTX 1080s were the top video cards available at the time. I knew this was going to be a long term project, and there would be at least one new generation of video cards out before I was ready for them, maybe even two generations.

So the initial plan was to wait until the very end to buy video cards for this build. Back then “Volta” was supposed to be the new hot forthcoming card. I had projected that these new “Volta” cards would be out by the March-April time frame this year. I also knew that if I could not finish the build by May this year that it would not get finished until after my ski season was over. Here’s my motto: ski when the water is warm, you can work more on computers when the water is cold

Finally the RTX 2080 Ti cards were announced in August, yet I was just now able to secure a pair of them. It seems that’s the way they release hardware these days… make a big announcement, and then you can’t actually buy the hardware for many months later.

It was the same thing with Asus announcing the Rampage Vi Extreme in August of 2017, but you could not actually purchase one until the end of November
I decided to go with the EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti XC Gaming cards part #11G-P4-2382-KR.




This is some pretty fancy packaging here. The two halves of the box are held together with tape on both sides. The tape comes off fairly well and doesn’t tear the paper on the outside of the box. However the actual box design is terrible!

I had the boxes sitting on my bench and just picked one up not really thinking about it and the bottom half fell off and hit the ground. Luckily that box did not have a video card inside at the time. Another time I had the box horizontal on a shelf as I went to move the box the whole bottom just comes out and leaves the rest behind. It’s kind of a small annoyance, but it is lousy box design in my opinion.










A closer look at the card.




Now here they are together.










A 4-slot NVLink SLI Bridge is required to connect these two video cards together. Although the Nvidia NVLink Bridge is a nice looking bridge by itself, the green LED totally clashes with my color scheme!

Here’s a picture Nvidia’s two NVLink bridges, 4-slot on the left and 3-slot on the right.




The Asus Rog NVLink bridge is nice too, and can be controlled with the Aura software. This one has writing on it though, and I’m trying to keep the upside down writing to a minimum.




So I decided to go with the EVGA NVLink bridge.






This bridge illuminates with RGB, and is controlled with the EVGA Precision X1 software. Here’s a picture I pulled off of google showing the bridge illuminated red. It does have the EVGA logo in the middle but I have something in mind for this.




Let’s install the first card and see how it looks.








Now with the second video card installed with the NVLink bridge.








The outer housing of the NVLink bridge is plastic. I’m thinking about disassembling the NVLink bridge, and painting the outer housing the same red as the fan blades are, and painting over the “EVGA” logo in the middle while I'm at it.

Take a look at the last few pictures and let me know what you think.

Just type a quick comment below:

“Paint it red” or “leave it black”


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