GAMER’S DE­LIGHT

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THERE WERE NO NASTY sur­prises putting this ma­chine to­gether, other than the fi­nal price—al­though we feared this was al­ways go­ing to be the case with Nvidia’s lat­est and great­est GPU. You could eas­ily spend a whole lot more, and the core per­for­mance wouldn’t change too much, while spend­ing less could well throw a mon­key wrench in the works. This isn’t a bud­get build by any stretch, but it is prob­a­bly the most af­ford­able way of build­ing an RTX 2080 Ti ma­chine that isn’t held back by the pro­ces­sor or stor­age.

The trick­i­est part of the build in­volved the cooler, and we could have mit­i­gated this by in­stalling the bracket out­side of the case, sim­ply be­cause hold­ing the back­plate in place would have been eas­ier (and wouldn’t have re­quired quite so many hands). We could have gone for a 360mm ra­di­a­tor in the front as well, which would have im­proved air­flow fur­ther, al­though we didn’t have a prob­lem with heat in this ma­chine any­way. The fact that you can con­trol the light­ing of the cooler us­ing the tiny re­mote was a bit of a bonus, though, and it can look pretty if you care about such things.

The goal of this build was to piece to­gether a cut­ting-edge gam­ing ma­chine that will sur­vive the rav­ages of time, and give the RTX 2080 Ti the best pos­si­ble fu­ture. We feel we hit this brief pretty con­vinc­ingly, and the bench­marks would seem to back that up, with some im­pres­sive re­sults when com­pared to our zero-point ma­chine. The

To­tal War: Warham­merII re­sult, which rolled in 120 per­cent bet­ter than our ze­ro­point, shows the kind of im­prove­ment that is pos­si­ble with this new graph­ics card, al­though this is over the older GTX 1080.

At this point, we’re still not sure how the RTX 2080 Ti per­forms in real-time ray­trac­ing ti­tles or DLSS, but we’ll re­visit the per­for­mance at th­ese tasks in a fu­ture is­sue, pos­si­bly with this build (if we haven’t stripped it down by then). For now, this cer­tainly makes for a smooth gam­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, and re­turn­ing to a nor­mal gam­ing ma­chine af­ter us­ing this on a 4K screen makes for an un­com­fort­able ex­pe­ri­ence.

We like to ask our­selves what we’d change at the end of ev­ery build. Here, we’re not sure that any­thing stands out. The case is a de­light to work in, and looks great when all the cabling is tucked out of sight. We are tempted to try mount­ing the graph­ics card ver­ti­cally, and this could be the chas­sis that pushes us over the edge to try it, es­pe­cially if we use a graph­ics card that lights up as much as the rest of this sys­tem.

The Raijintek Or­cus 240 1is an im­pres­sive cooler, with a healthy ar­ray of light­ing op­tions, and it even comes with a re­mote con­trol.The star of the show is the 2RTX 2080 Ti, which is a beast of a card, tak­ing up plenty of room, even in this large case.The power sup­ply shroud 3does a good job of keep­ing the build clean, with all the ma­jor cabling hid­den in the rear.

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