GIGABYTE Z390 SLI gaming motherboard is recently pictured. Thanks to videocardz we now that the motherboard can pair two GeForce RTX 2080 graphics cards.
Hardware specification wise the motherboard resembles with Aorus Elite. The striking difference is that one of the PCIe x1 slots has been upgraded to x16. From the image seen below, it can be safely assumed that there are very few connectors on the I/O brackets.
GIGABYTE with Z390 motherboard is focusing heavily on VRAM section. From making the motherboard SLI ready, to its official name and the standing look it tells clearly that its VRAM focused.
The motherboard is non-Aorus, so it can safely be expected that a better hardware may achieve better performance than GIGABYTE Z390. Currently there is no information on weather the motherboard will support cpu overclocking or not. However if you plan on buying two RTX 2080, which will cost around 1400 USD, then you should also consider buying an overclocking supported CPU. Gigabyte sooner or later will showcase overclocking supported cpu.
In case you missed out on any information of RTX 2080. GeForce RTX 2080 will feature 2944 CUDA Cores with a base clock of 1515 MHz and boost clock of 1710 MHz. GeForce RTX 2080 have 8GB GDDR6 memory size and a 256-bit bus size. The gpu will require 215 Watts thermal design power (TDP). GeForce RTX 2080 will be priced at $799 USD.
Back at reveal of RTX graphics card SIGGRAPH event, Nvidia CEO praised the features that will debut in RTX series and said:
Hybrid rendering will change the industry, opening up amazing possibilities that enhance our lives with more beautiful designs, richer entertainment and more interactive experiences. The arrival of real-time ray tracing is the Holy Grail of our industry.
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