Nvidia's RTX 2080, RTX 2080 Ti Cards Arrive Sept. 20

Today at Gamescom, NVIDIA announced three new graphics cards for the next generations. It revealed the GeForce RTX 2070 ($500 USD), RTX 2080 ($700), and RTX 2080 Ti ($1000), all of which will launch on September 20, 2018.

"With the powerful Orion series gaming desktops, our new GeForce RTX GPUs provide consumers with an incredible gaming experience." said Tim Bender, Vice President of Consumer Sales at NVIDIA. The RTX 2080 has its GPU clocked at 1800/1710MHz for base and boost, respectively.

But you may have noticed that Nvidia is using RTX rather than the GTX prefix.

While both cards are mostly the same, there is a fair difference in price. With 4,352 CUDA cores and 11GB of GDDR6 video memory with a speed of 14Gbps and bandwidth of 616 GB/s, the new graphics card has some serious pixel-pushing power.

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Turing is NVIDIA's brand new, eight-generation architecture that succeeds Pascal. It should still be a very capable graphics card, as it'll still support technologies like ray tracing and Ansel, but don't expect the graphics it provides to be quite as pretty as those of the 2080 Ti or the 2080.

MSI has the RTX 2080 listed on Amazon for the same price as the founders edition.

It can also create accurate light reflections on glass, metal, and over the eyes of in-game human characters. Do note that these pricings are meant for NVIDIA's own Founders Edition cards and naturally, pricing for custom cards from manufacturers will be different from one model to another.

Part of how the new chip achieves high resolution graphics quickly is a special section of the chip that finishes most of the image but then uses artificial intelligence to guess what the unfinished pixels should look like. Games like Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Metro: Exodus, and Battlefield V showcased how this tech is implemented by comparing a scene with RTX turned on and off. Finally, the RTX 2070 hits 6 Giga Rays per second, 45T RTX-OPS, and a 8GB frame buffer, and it will hit shelves for $499 excluding tax.

  • Delia Davidson