Zotac GeForce RTX 2080 Amp! vs. EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 XC Ultra Gaming

Jul 9, 2018
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Hey all,
I'm planning to build a system soon, and I have decided on the GeForce RTX 2080 as my graphics card.
However, I am spoilt for choice between the Zotac Amp! and the EVGA XC Ultra Gaming.
I'm looking for optimal cooling and minimal noise, and although I see that the Zotac card has three fans, the EVGA card has a thicker heatsink than the Zotac card, at 2.7 slots.
I may also add a liquid cooling loop later on, and since the EVGA card utilises the reference PCB, it will be easy to find a compatible water block. However, the same cannot be said about the Zotac card.
Can any of you guys help me with my dilemma? Thanks.
 

Aftermath23

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At this point I’m pretty sure EVGA card is 30-50 bucks more than Zotac’s, I only worked with EVGA and hands down they are the best in quality, it will cost you 30-50 bucks more. EVGA will give you everything you want silence at premium price.
 
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Why do you say that Zotac does not utilize the reference PCB? I see that Thermaltake's waterblock supports the founder's edition, EVGA and Zotac. So Zotac must have the same PCB as EVGA. Right? ( I am in the middle of buying a Zotac AMP for watercooling and so this thread is important for me too)
 
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Oh. My mistake. I made a foolish assumption that since the Zotac card had three fans it had a custom PCB. Well actually I have decided on a Gigabyte 1080 Ti as the RGB would sync with the Aorus Gaming 5 motherboard.
 
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@Aftermath23 if all you've used are the EVGA, how do you know they're hand down the best? You haven't used anything else to compare them with.
 

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