After months of rumours, Nvidia has finally announced their new Turing-based GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, 2080 and 2070 during Gamescom 2018. These cards mark the beginning of the new 20-series which supersedes their current line of GPU’s.
The RTX is built with 12-nanometer manufacturing and offers 14 Gbps speeds, 8GB of GDDR6 memory, a 256-bit memory interface and 2944 CUDA cores. Nvidia are currently offering a ‘Founders Edition’ card which possesses similar specs but can be overclocked 90 MHz more the regular model which can be overclocked to 1710 MHz. Nvidia have stated that the GeForce RTX 2070 will provide better performance than their Titan XP card and the RTX 2080 will be skilled in overclocking.
Jenson Huang, who is the CEO of Nvidia, held a keynote explaining the new RTX model. His presentation was very detailed, but in short, he explained that the new systems technology allows for realistic lighting and shadows to be incorporated into your gaming experience. During the presentation demos were shown to show the RTX in action. We can expect extremely realistic shadows, impressive highlights on surfaces and outstanding reflections.
The video below shows Battlefield V with GeForce RTX. As you can see the RTX allows for realistic shadows, reflections and overall enhanced detail.
How is the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 different to Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080?
In terms of architecture the GTX 1080 included Nvidia’s Pascal GPU architecture, which in conjunction introduced Nvidia’s 16nm FinFET process. The FinFET process brought higher efficiency as well as improved performance and increased densities. The RTX 2080 differs from the GTX 1080 as it based on Nvidia’s new Turing GPU architecture. The architecture here allows the card to compute how light and sound travel in a real time 3D environment and therefore provide a realistic experience in gaming.
The main difference here is performance. The Turing GPU is capable of being up to 25 times faster than Pascal architecture. As well as this Turing GPU’s contain 500 trillion tensor operations a second that will give driven rendering systems like deep leaning anti-aliasing an advantage.
When looking at the specs it is easy to see the RTX 2080 possesses an increased performance compared to the GTX 1080. The GTX has 8GB GDDR5X of memory and a 256-bit memory interference as well as 10 Gbps of memory speed and a 320 GB/sec memory bandwidth.
The RTX 2080 has 448GB/sec memory bandwidth as well as 14Gbps memory speed. The change from GTX to RTX will show a huge increase in performance and efficiency and therefore take gaming to another level.
The Founders Edition GeForce RTX 2070 is priced at $599, the Founders Edition GeForce RTX 2080 is $799 and the Founders Edition GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is $1199. At this moment in time, only the Founders Edition GeForce RTX 2080 and the Founders Edition GeForce RTX 2080 Ti are available to pre-order and have the shipping date of September 20th.
For now, Nvidia is limiting sales of the RTX 2080 to two units per person and we expect to hear reviews in the near future, to see if the RTX is a ‘game changer’.