For the last days I have been reading the internetz and especially this forum because i'm trying to figure out what card to buy. Obviously i'm buying a 2080 ti to replace my current 1080 ti strix (non-oc version).
What i'm struggling with is if I should go with a custom PCB (strix OC) or reference PCB (XC ultra).
I have a custom loop (2x360) for my GPU and 9700k @ 5GHz. So i'm 100% sure i'm going to water cool the new card. With that in mind the question that comes to mind is the power limit on both of these cards, as I will be overclocking the card, not super hardcore though. Goal is max clocks and stability for gaming, and a little bit of benchmarking for fun where I can push the card even further.
After extensive reading I can't find a clear answer to the pro's and cons here. I want to keep all controls (except fan control) and have a power limit of around 400w as I predict I will easily be able to cool that. currently 1080 ti card is running a 340w bios and never gets hotter then 43c (VRM 50c) even when stressing it and pulling max power. Even with CPU stressing as well.
If i'm correct this will lead to the following:
The Strix option has the ability to keep all controls with the Matrix bios @ 360W
The Strix option has the ability to keep all controls with the Galax bios @ 380W
The Strix option has the ability to get up to 1000W with the XOC bios but will loose the curve editor and memory down clocking + loose a displayport/HDMI port?
The Strix has a dual bios option
The Strix has even better VRM's
The Strix has no over voltage bios option
The Strix only allows ugly waterblocks (EK with the metal plate, Watercool with a scaled down block and weird plate, and Phanteks sort of pretty, but not as good in performance)
This last one is off course 100% personal opinion
The XC Ultra option has the ability to keep all controls with the FTW3 bios @ 374W
The XC Ultra option has the ability to keep all controls with the Galax bios @ 380W
The XC Ultra option has the ability to get up to 1000W with the XOC bios but will loose the curve editor and memory down clocking + loose a displayport/HDMI port?
The XC Ultra does not have dual bios
The XC Ultra has stock VRM's
The XC Ultra does not have over voltage bios options
The XC Ultra has better looking water blocks, and better performing water blocks like the Heatkiller IV or Kryographics Next
Are the statements that I make here true? I have red so much information in the last days that conflict that I just cant draw a conclusion at this moment.
Other than that, I cant seem to find a solid awnser about the following:
Can I flash the Kingpin or HOF OC lab bios to any of these cards ? Or will this limit my power / brick it ?
Is there a 400w private EVGA bios? Or is this just a rumor. If it is there, is it a better option ?
To keep all controls on both cards, is shunting a viable long term solution over flashing?
I know and understand if your first thought is.. UTFS! But this thread is already 8379 posts long and from month to month things are changing in the 2080 ti world. Searching for these things still leads you straight to a rabit hole with different answers from month to month.
Thanks for reading, understanding and if you feel like it, replying