Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti performance details emerge
The GeForce RTX 2080 Ti flagship GPU from Nvidia was finally unveiled a few days ago with an MSRP of US$1,199 for the Founder’s Edition and custom models form AIB partners. A few select reviewers were allowed to test the card on spot at GamesCom in Germany, and the first impressions are now coming in. While the ray-tracing features provide increased realism, the list of games that actually support this new technology only has 11 titles on it so far, and, since the prices for the previous gen cards are already dropping substantially, everyone is now interested to know if the new flagships are indeed worth their price.
The guys over at TechRadar were lucky enough to have a hands-on session with the RTX 2080 Ti and their initial assessment is mixed. On the one hand, the card is struggling to achieve 60 fps in ray-traced games like Shadow of the Tomb Raider, with the cards actually averaging 30 fps, plus the resolution was limited to 1080p. However, the game developers explained that this is an early demo and performance should improve with the full release. On the other hand, the testers managed to run some current games in 4K with ultra settings and the GTX 2080 Ti was able to spew more than 100 fps in some situations.
While the new effects are nice to have and provide increased realism, gamers are most of the time more interested in buttery-smooth fps counts, especially in fast-paced competitive games. More frames in 4K games are definitely a plus, and, as a bonus, the new cards come with USB-C output, but is all this justifying the price? Reviewers are still on the fence until they can properly benchmark the flagships.