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Nvidia official says the RTX 20xx cards are at best 45% faster than the Pascal counterparts

Looks like Nvidia is admitting the current games won't see huge performance boosts when running on the RTX 2000 GPUs. (Source: HotHardware)
Looks like Nvidia is admitting the current games won't see huge performance boosts when running on the RTX 2000 GPUs. (Source: HotHardware)
Asked about the raw gaming performance in current games, Nvidia’s Director of Technical Marketing Tom Petersen stated that the new RTX 2000 GPUs are between 35% and 45% faster than the Pascal cards. However, upcoming games may perform better if they are specifically coded to take advantage of the new Turing Tensor cores that facilitate the DLSS tech.
Bogdan Solca,

Everyone is now debating whether the new RTX 2000-series GPUs are worth buying or are just a new marketing ploy. Speculations are at their prime right now that actual performance numbers are still under embargo, and most of the heated controversies surround the raw game performance of the new GPUs, but we should not forget that the Turing chips have AI capabilities and DLSS, not to mention 10x the ray tracing power of the Pascal chips. In order to get a better picture of how the new RTX 2000 GPUs compare to the Pascal ones, the guys over at HotHardware managed to arrange an interesting Q&A session with Nvidia’s Director of Technical Marketing Tom Petersen.

While still under strict NDAs and embargoes, Petersen managed to shed some more light on the RTX 2000 performance. First of all, he admits that Nvidia “could have done a better job” with the official presentation in order to better emphasize the performance gains over the GTX 1000-series. The previous charts released by Nvidia highlighted performance improvements of more than 100% in some games, provided they also support DLSS, which requires specific coding, so current games may not get patches to introduce this feature.

Without DLSS, current games saw performance gain of around 50% over pascal GPUs, and now Petersen confirms that “if you are on high-resolution and not CPU limited,” there should be a 35-45% performance boost. When asked about the situations in which RTX 2080 outperforms the GTX 1080 Ti, Petersen said there could be cases, but cannot say for sure, which leads us to believe that the leaked Time Spy benchmarks were most likely presenting the RTX 2080 results versus the GTX 1080 Ti and non-Ti GPUs.

Petersen also talked about the NVLink benefits, DLSS implementation and ray tracing compatibility with older cards, and you can learn about all that in the full Q&A video. Last, but not least, Petersen mentioned that cards with Founders’ Edition or custom cooling solutions will be able to boost their cores over 2.1 GHz, and Nvidia really wanted the new GPUs to be good overclockers.

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Bogdan Solca
Bogdan Solca - Senior Tech Writer - 1774 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I first stepped into the wondrous IT&C world when I was around seven years old. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, whether they were from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I'm also an avid reader of science fiction, an astrophysics aficionado, and a crypto geek. I started writing PC-related articles for Softpedia and a few blogs back in 2006. I joined the Notebookcheck team in the summer of 2017 and am currently a senior tech writer mostly covering processor, GPU, and laptop news.
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Bogdan Solca, 2018-08-31 (Update: 2018-09- 1)