Nvidia Introduces New Graphics Cards as Competition Heats Up

Kelley Robertson
August 21, 2018

The RTX 2070 card comes with the same memory configuration at the RTX 2080, only sporting a handful fewer CUDA cores; 2,304 to be exact.

That said, the price of admission into this new elite world of graphics is incredibly high.

The Inno3D GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, marketed as the "iChill Black" has unusual mesh grill design cashing, making it look somewhat different from the usual heat sink fins or fan assembly.

But you may have noticed that Nvidia is using RTX rather than the GTX prefix. This applies across the three GeForce RTX 20 series cards that were announced today, including the RTX 2080 Ti, RTX 2080 and the RTX 2070. These cards will be succeeding Nvidia's current consumer flagship line, the GTX 10 series consisting of GTX 1070, GTX 1080 and GTX 1080 Ti.

NVIDIA has released two new trailers for Metro Exodus and Atomic Heart, detailing their real-time ray tracing features.

You'll also find a surprising number of new ports on this new GPU. Game developers are all set to adopt this technology this year.

We've always had our comments about the blower style coolers from NVIDIA, they allowed a thermal threshold of 80 degrees, and all cards reached that in return throttling down. We've done some early testing...

Aside from the new fans, the RTX 2080 Ti also sports a full-length vapor chamber to cover the entirety of the card's printed circuit board, or PCB. But with Turing, Nvidia is promising ray tracing in real-time, so there's no wait.

Eidos Montréal's Shadow of the Tomb Raider is inevitably all about shadows, showing how much softer and natural they look with the help of ray tracing.

NVIDIA states that the GeForce RTX 2080 Founder Edition makes use of 225W of power out of the box and up to 280W when pushed to the maximum by overclockers.

We also played a variety of other PC games that shall not be named, and saw performance run in excess of 100 fps at 4K and Ultra settings. We still don't know. One thing that Nvidia was barely mentioning throughout the launch event were some of the classic metrics of video card performance, like resolutio and framerate. So, we'll likely see even better performance once we get a card into our isolated test bench.

The price is pretty much as expected considering that Nvidia now does not have any competition in the graphics card market so the RTX series starts off at $499 for the RTX 2070, $699 for the RTX 2080, and $999 for the RTX 2080 Ti.

That said, you shouldn't automatically jump on the pre-order button.

With the FPS counter on in GFE we could see the game batting between 33fps and 48fps as standard throughout our playthrough and that highlights just how intensive real-time ray tracing can be on the new GeForce hardware. The overall surface area of the cooling array is 20% larger for the ROG Strix cards and more than 50% larger for the Dual cards compared to previous-generation designs.

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