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Friday, November 27, 2020
Friday, October 16, 2020
By: John Smith
65C temps in my Thermaltake Level 20 XT with a beefy threadripper 2950X running VMs at the same time, too. Big frame rate improvement in well optimized DX12 or vulkan games. Can turn on antialiasing with little impact on performance for DX11 titles that don't scale well due to CPU limits. Can turn on over-sampling in the nvidia drivers to render at much higher resolutions for no visible pixels on edges and still get playable frame rates. 230 fps at 1440p on max settings in doom eternal on ryzen 2nd generation & 3200 ram. E-sports titles can do 240hz 1440p. 10 GB ram appears to be more than enough for everything I've thrown at it. RTX increases shading & shadow realism.
Beta Precision X1 meant for 30 series can't control the light bar & doesn't allow setting voltage targets for underclocking. MSI Afterburner doesn't control 3rd fan so thermal throttles. Nvidia RTX voice hangs as it's loaded and causes stuttering during game play with no voice coming through. Takes 3 PCIE slots. Hitting hard voltage limits before hitting power limits so "420W" limit is meaningless without a dangerous resister shunt mod. Poorly optimized DX11 and older games don't scale at 1440p and lower. RTX drops frame rate 20% lower than compared to turned off. RTX has blurrier edges of geometry. Only a handful of titles supports RTX and DLSS. No water blocks available at launch time. Very heavy, can damage pcie slot while moving. Mine has the red clown makeup frown but I'm keeping it to troll the internet. 3 PCIE power cables aren't as easy to route. Motherboard beeps 6 times every post with the new card and can never do a quick boot.
My first evening was spent troubleshooting. Had to uninstall msi afterburner and nVidia RTX voice. Also had to reinstall the latest drivers while the card was in the machine because installing them before putting in the new card wasn't enough. I was initially disappointed, thinking I'd have to RMA the card but I got it working in the end. Upgraded from a 1070 ti. I run a threadripper 2950x and 64GB of 3200 ram. I have a big thermaltake level 20 XT with dual 200mm fans on the front and 3 120mm fans on the top and a 140mm fan on the rear all controlled to maintain a steady 25C ambient inside the case via a sensor in the case. I get 65C temps on the card under 100% load which is impressive. Doom eternal at 1440p on max went from 85 fps to 230 fps. Overwatch went from 180fps min frame rate on low settings at 1080p to never dipping below 240fps at 1440p on low settings. COD Warzone went from 85fps at 1440p on medium settings to 120fps on max settings with ray tracing. Disappointed I can't change the light bar with precision X1 yet, will need to get on the forums to figure out what's up.