Gamescom 2018 | Nvidia officially unveils the GeForce RTX 2000-series gaming GPUs
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After months full of leaked specs, rumors and some smoke screening, Nvidia finally revealed the GeForce RTX 2000-series, its so-called “holy grail” of computer graphics based on the revolutionary Turing architecture. It looks like the leakers got the specs and naming right, but Nvidia still managed to surprise everyone with the pricing scheme, especially the MSRP for the reference RTX 2070.
It should be noted that the AIB partners will most likely use the founders’ edition pricing as reference, since the custom cards come with improved cooling and overclocked specs, so this would add up at least around US$100 to the final price. In any case here are the three models that will be launching on September 20:
• RTX 2070 8 GB GDDR6 VRAM – from US$499
• RTX 2080 8 GB GDDR6 VRAM – from US$699
• RTX 2080Ti 11 GB GDDR6 VRAM – from US$999
Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang claims that the RTX 2070 GPU is faster than the Titan Xp, so the RTX 2080 is apparently more than 50% faster than the GTX 1080 Ti. Of course, the new GeForce GPUs come with all the technologies included in the RTX Quadro professional cards. Therefore, the new gaming cards will be able to perform complicated ray-tracing calculations using the RT cores, will use the latest Turing shaders with variable rate shading, and will allow for neural network processing and AI procedural calculations through the Turing Tensor cores and the NGX framework, respectively.
No official word on the mid-low end of the series for now. It would be interesting to see if the GTX 2060 could match the performance of the GTX 1080. If this indeed happens, the GTX 2060 will probably become the best-selling variant of the series, provided it comes at US$300-400 MSRPs.