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NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 2080 leapfrogs the 1080 Ti for $800

21 August, 2018, 20:56 | Author: Lydia Fleming
  • Nvidia announces new raytracing-focused RTX 2080, 2080 Ti graphics cards

Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang, announced during the presentation that the RTX 2070 will have a starting price of $499, RTX 2080 at $699, and RTX 2080 Ti at $999. PC gaming has always been costly, but packing one of these into your build is likely only to be for those prepared to invest heavily in their machine. Depending on how the pre-order pricing goes, these two cards will be the ones to go on and capture the mainstream market. A bridge link for the 2080 Ti or 2080 is $119 if you're lucky enough to be able to afford to of these bad boys. We should note that base/boost clock speeds will vary widely between the listed cards, and that many OEMs list their frequencies as "TBD" at this point given that the official release is still a month away. According to Nvidia, these are the retail prices for the third-party manufacturer cards. There is no estimated date for the launch of the GTX 2070.

As such, all founders edition cards come with a 90 MHz overclock out of the box. All the new GPUs will feature at least 8GB GDDR6 memory on a 256-bit bus, and will have 185W TDP rating.

But if you want more performance, then manual overclocking is also available and there's much you can gain by tuning the cards yourself.

You'll also find a surprising number of new ports on this new GPU.


The big breakthrough for the RTX 2000 series is how Nvidia's Turing architecture is now capable of real-time ray tracing. Ray-Tracing will only be supported on these cards, so if you're looking for the absolute best that's more than just a resolution change, these cards are it. The RTX 2080 Ti would ship with 11GB of memory, and have 78 trillion RTX-OPS and 10 Giga Rays/s of performance. For a lifetime PC gaming nerd that's super-exciting; as Jen-Hsun's said, it's always been the holy grail of PC graphics.

The demos shown on stage were certainly very impressive, with lighting in Battlefield V really impressing. Both of these first-person games will be among the first that will support real-time ray tracing via NVIDIA's RTX technology. It was announced during the 2018 Game Developers Conference in March. For starters the high-bandwidth connector Nvidia has used for years for multi-card setups has been replaced by NV Link, which promises 50 times the transfer bandwidth of previous technologies.

And on top of that, the film-grain effect was dialed up to stupid levels, and Nvidia techs gave you a good bollocking if you even looked like you were going to mess with the settings. Huang said. However, the company leapfrogged current hardware limitations by using AI-powered software algorithms in Turing to predict and render how light rays will appear to a human eye over a game environment.

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