NVIDIA launches a new RTX GPU, but not as you'd expect
The release of an RTX 2080 Ti SUPER has been speculated about since NVIDIA first teased its SUPER branding in June. The continued sale of the RTX 2080 Ti following the release of the RTX 2060 SUPER, RTX 2070 SUPER and RTX 2080 SUPER nixed the idea of the RTX 2080 Ti SUPER coming to fruition, but a recent AIDA64 changelog reignited RTX 2080 Ti SUPER speculation.
As we reported last week, AIDA64 contained references to the RTX T10-8, with it also claiming that the GPU is based on NVIDIA's TU102 graphics chip. However, it turns out that the RTX T10-8 is not a consumer GPU, with NVIDIA using it to power its GeForce Now game streaming service instead.
The clarification comes courtesy of u/Eriksrocks who linked a slew of information on Reddit piecing the mystery of the RTX T10-8 together. Three days after the AIDA64 changelog appeared online, NVIDIA published a press-release announcing the arrival of GeForce Now on Android, within which it mentioned that it was switching on RTX servers for GeForce Now gamers in Northern California and Germany. Previously, NVIDIA promised that these servers would deliver GeForce RTX 2080 performance in 40 GPU stacks.
A curious GeForce Now user ran Quake Champions, which displays the active GPU, to see on what NVIDIA had based its RTX servers. The game returns the RTX T10-8, which several other GeForce Now users have corroborated. So, NVIDIA has introduced a new RTX GPU, but exclusive to its GeForce Now platform. The company uses Tesla P40 GPUs for its other GeForce Now servers, which you can currently buy for around US$6,500 online. Hence, there is a glimmer of the RTX T10-8 eventually hitting the market, but we would not put any money on that happening any time soon or necessarily as the RTX 2080 Ti SUPER.