Surprisingly, the RTX 2080 SUPER is the only serial GPU from NVIDIA that is smart that no one else has and that makes comparisons much more interesting from an architectural point of view.
The problem identified by NVIDIA is exactly between this RTX 2080 and the RTX 2080 Ti between these RTX 2080 SUPER, because the performance difference is not very high. So, let's take a look at the changes made to both of them to understand the NVIDIA movement.
RTX 2080 vs RTX 2080 SUPER, to compare properties
We start from a standard base like the TU104 chip, but even within this we find the difference NVIDIA has highlighted. In the case of RTX 2080 we will have a version TU104-400A-A1, and her sister SUPER is in charge of the new TU104-450-A1. This means that NVIDIA no longer distinguishes between versions of A and A-A, so all SUPER GPUs are given product highlights.
As for their lithographic processes, they both share a 12 nm TSMC and surprisingly have the same millions of transistors: 13,600 million with a 545 mm2 matrix. So we're dealing with the same physical chip, where the difference will be in the adjacent parts like waves.
And here's the big difference in these Test blocks, because the veteran RTX 2080 gets a basic 1515 MHz 1650 MHz SUPER sister frequency. In Boost there is also a logical difference, from the first one you get 1710 MHz at 1815 MHz of its improved version.
But this is not the only thing that separates and marks the final operation, since the chips though have the same amount of transistors are not the same in their conversion.
NVIDIA maintained the excellent TU104 a year later
As for the Shaders, NVIDIA didn't include all the meat on the Starter grill and surprised it with the SUPER list and its best features. So, the RTX 2080 had 2944 324 Shaders, 64 ROPs and everything in between 46 SM.
His sister SUPER receives 3072 Shaders, 192 TMUs, 64 ROPs and 48 SM. This also logically affects its Ray Tracing and DLSS categories, since the first one receives 368 Tensor Cores and 46 RT Cores of 384 and 48 second.
Interestingly, NVIDIA has identified a L2 cache with 4 MB on both cards and a frame that could be moved due to the pure 64 KB architecture of L1 for each SM, but this obviously gives us two different values: 2944 KB vs 3072 KB respectively.
This data results in the efficiency of FP32, however, as we always say, it's not everything, but it's a measurement. Therefore, the RTX 2080 reaches 10.07 TFLOPS of 11.15 TFLOPS of the RTX 2080 SUPER, leaving a percentage difference of 10.72%.
New memories, new uses, same price
The memory part has also been improved, since it started from 14 Gbps RTX 2080 at 1750 MHz real frequency and has been 15.5 Gbps y 1937 MHz for the RTX 2080 SUPER, this is the only NVIDIA range that holds this type of memory, as it is the fastest way ever made by the manufacturer.
Though they live like the GDDR6, its 8 GB VRAM and 256-bit bus in both models, the bandwidth has moved from 448 GB / s to other interesting ones. 495.9 GB / s, an increase that measures the increase in chip performance.
The cards have not changed much of their heatsink as such, except for a good deal of aesthetic with the new screen printing, but that has changed in use. We went from 215 watts of TDP to RTX 2080 to surprise 250 watts of the RTX 2080 SUPER, of course, to maintain the same 6 + 8 power pins in both cases.
This modification requires a 25% more heat to dissolve the heatsink, thus balancing the heat generated by the RTX 2080 Ti, but without the performance of this, indicating that the chip has now been driven to a specific location.
In terms of performance, the RTX 2080 stays at 6% in performance of this new RTX 2080 SUPER, while the final set is set to 10% of the RTX 2080 Ti. The good thing is that NVIDIA recognizes the same price for the two competitors, so they are offered at $ 699. If we come from RTX 2080, jumping on the SUPER range does not compensate for the difference in profits, because we would have to put at least 150 to 200 euros per jump, non-compensation.
But if we're going to get one of the two competitors, the RTX 2080 SUPER option should be considered, because if prices are too close to the models we like, the extra performance is worth checking out.