The most awaited Nvidia RTX 2000 series is finally here, Nvidia announced its new most powerful Graphics cards, Geforce RTX 2080, RTX 2080 Ti and RTX 2070 today during a pre-Gamescom 2018 live stream from Cologne, Germany.
As we all knew that these new 20-series graphics cards will succeed Nvidia’s current top-of-the-line GPUs, GTX 1080, GTX 1080 Ti and GTX 1070. Nvidia stated that their new RTX 2000 series will provide up to the 6X performance of previous-generation graphics cards with the addition of NVIDIA RTX™ Technology (Real-Time Ray-Tracing Technology).
This time the company has decided to release the powerful Ti version along with its standard version meaning that the RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti will be available in the market together.
The new RTX 2000 series won’t come cheap. The Nvidia-manufactured Founders Edition versions will cost $1,199 for the RTX 2080 Ti, $799 for the RTX 2080, and $599 for the RTX 1070.
The Founders Edition RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti will ship on Sept 20, 2018, and there’s no update on the release date of Nvidia Geforce RTX 2070. Nvidia has also started accepting the pre-orders for RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti, feel free to grab yours before it’s too late as the stocks are very limited and the miners are on the hunt.
From today, Asus, MSI, Zotac, EVGA, Gigabyte, and PNY also have their versions of RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti cards available for pre-order.
During the keynote presentation, CEO of Nvidia, Jensen Huang announced different prices. Huang said that the RTX 2080 Ti will start at $999, the RTX 2080 at $699 and the RTX 2070 at $499 which, later got clarified by the Nvidia representative that these amounts reflect retail prices for the third-party manufacturers’ cards.
Here is the specification list of these three cards of 2000 series revealed by Nvidia.
Specs of Nvidia GeForce RTX GPUs
Nvidia has updated us with a full specs for both the reference spec and Founders Edition models:
|Model||GeForce RTX 2070||GeForce RTX 2070 (FE)||GeForce RTX 2080||GeForce RTX 2080 (FE)||GeForce RTX 2080 Ti||GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (FE)|
|Base Clock||1410 MHz||1410 MHz||1515 MHz||1515 MHz||1350 MHz||1350 MHz|
|Boost Clock||1620 MHz||1710 MHz (OC)||1710 MHz||1800 MHz (OC)||1545 MHz||1635 MHz (OC)|
|Standard Memory Config||8GB GDDR6||8GB GDDR6||8GB GDDR6||8GB GDDR6||11GB GDDR6||11GB GDDR6|
|Memory Interface Width||256-bit||256-bit||256-bit||256-bit||352-bit||352-bit|
|Memory Bandwidth||448 GB/s||448 GB/s||448 GB/s||448 GB/s||616 GB/s||616 GB/s|
Nvidia announced Ray-Tracing Technology (NVIDIA RTX™). The company has also changed its naming scheme from GTX to RTX meaning this is really a game-changing innovation. Ray-Tracing is a rendering technique that results in real-time light reflections and cinematic effects that can make games look like movies. It is something that gamers have been waiting for and Nvidia has taken the first step to bring it to life.
NVIDIA RTX™ Technology. NVIDIA RTX platform includes a ray tracing technology that brings real-time, cinematic-quality rendering to content creators and game developers.
All the upcoming RTX series cards will feature built-in support for real-time ray tracing technology which will enhance the quality and production of video games and cinematography.
Back in March 2018 at Game Developers Conference, Nvidia explained:
Ray-Tracing is the standard for applications such as visual effects in the film industry, but it is extremely computationally intensive, which has meant that — at least until now — it has been impractical for gaming. In addition to real-time ray tracing, Nvidia’s RTX platform incorporates two existing technologies, programmable shaders and artificial intelligence.
The keynotes of GDC 2018 showed by Huang also shows a number of demonstrations to explain the potential of Nvidia RTX Technology.
Here’s the company’s very own RTX demo “Project Sol”, consisting of a cinematic scene rendered with real-time ray tracing on a Quadro RTX 6000
Few of the top video games developers also appeared on the stage to show off their Windows PC games launching in near future with the Nvidia’s Real-Time Ray-Tracing Technology.
EA DICE showed off Battlefield 5 footage with RTX-based reflections to further explain the benefits of NVIDIA RTX™ Technology.
A4 Games showed RTX-based lightning in Metro Exodus footage.
Shadow of The Tomb Rider
Eidos Montreal showed RTX-based shadows in the footage of Shadow of the Tomb Raider.
Nvidia said that the RTX 2080 is designed for overclocking, and the RTX 2070 will provider more performance for the Ray-Tracing technology than Nvidia’s Titan XP card. Obviously, The RTX 2080 Ti is the flagship which is clocked at 1350MHz with 4352 CUDA cores and 11GB of GDDR6 RAM.
We’re waiting for the hands-on experience with these cards and how the overclockers make these cards show their limits. Till then share with us your thoughts about this new NVIDIA RTX™ Technology and the new RTX 2000 series in the comments.