NVIDIA RTX 2080 TI

RTX-2080-tiNVIDIA is now taking preorders for the new RTX 2080 Ti card which is the new flagship consumer video card with the new RTX GPU architecture shown at SIGGRAPH 2018 earlier this week.

Cards will be shipped circa September 20, 2019. Limit of 2 per customer for SLI which will be needed given the plethora of 4K panels out there.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX delivers the ultimate PC gaming experience. Powered by the new NVIDIA Turing GPU architecture and the revolutionary RTX platform, RTX graphics cards bring together real-time ray tracing, artificial intelligence, and programmable shading. This is a whole new way to experience games.

Founder’s Edition:

  • The RTX 2080 Ti will launch at $999
  • The RTX 2080 will launch at $699
  • The RTX 2070 will launch at $499

Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti features 4352 Cuda cores, 272 texture cores and 88 ROPs. Memory-wise it has 11GB of GDDR6 VRAM with a speed of 14Gbps. Its base clock is 1,350MHz, and it has a boost clock of 1,545MHz. The logic is being made by TSMC on their 12nm line. The RTX 2080 Ti will need a big power supply ast the card needs at least 200W.

The new Turing architecture has many new features. It will take a lot of work to cover it all.

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The new GPU is radically different than previous cards. For example it has dramatically more performance for ray tracing which will pave the way for a whole new class of game shaders. DX12 shader model 6 includes ray tracing and this reflects what NVIDIA was working on over the last several months with their new design. NVIDIA is offering real-time ray tracing.

Turing is being marketed with better AI as well as a big jump in performance. Artificial intelligence is driving the greatest technology advancement in history, and Turing is bringing it to computer graphics. Armed with Tensor Cores that deliver AI computing horsepower, Turing GPUs can run powerful AI algorithms in real time to create crisp, clear, lifelike images and special effects that were never before possible.

Recall the marketing of Volta which is included with Turing so gamers will have a whole basket of new technologies that will deliver a whole new gaming experience.

Battlefield V, Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Metro Exodus are all being designed for the new RTX 2080 Ti cards. We expect more AAA class games to support the new architure into 2019 as new rendering engines are upgraded to take better advantage.

We still play Left 4 Dead 2 and we wonder how much better that game would look with a revamped game engine. The ideal of global illumination would make the rendering of the artwork outside a lot more interesting.

VIRTUAL LINK

Also on the bracket of the GTX 2080 Ti and GTX 2080 is a new USB-C type connector which has industry support for virtual reality headsets.  It’s backed by a consortium of PC heavy-hitters, including Oculus, Valve, AMD, Microsoft, and of course, Nvidia.  The backers believe this solution will make VR easier to use with a single cable solution for everything and support for 4K120 displays.

GAME PERFORMANCE

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We expect to be able to play all games at ultra settings at 1920×1080 and most games at 2560×1440. It appears that dual cards will still be needed to handle the most demanding games even with 4K60 panels.

XRAY COMPARISON

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As the image shows, the shader section is slightly better over Pascal but Turing offers a Tensor and RT core side by side on the internal bus. The additional logic will require a lot of redesign of game engines to be able to take advantage of the new hardware.

Once 10nm/7nm gets into full swing next year we expect that AMD will have something to offer to counter NVIDIA’s latest logic.