PNY lists the XLR8 RTX 2080 Ti OC Edition at US$1,000
NVIDIA recently unveiled its Turing-based Quadro RTX GPUs for the professional market and we are just a couple of days away from the official unveiling of Turing GPUs for consumers. Last week, NVIDIA's AIB partner GALAX spilled some beans on what to expect from Turing in terms of performance and ray tracing capabilities. Now, PNY has inadvertently put up information about the RTX 2080 and the RTX 2080 Ti on its website including pricing information.
The PNY XLR8 RTX 2080 Ti and the RTX 2080 are not reference cards and come with factory-overclocking. Perhaps for the first time, NVIDIA is expected to announce the 2080 Ti alongside the standard 2080 (yes, the 2080 name is more or less confirmed now). According to reports, the Founders Edition RTX 2080 Ti is expected to feature 4352 CUDA Cores, 11 GB GDDR6 VRAM, a 352-bit memory bus, and a memory bandwidth of 616 Gbps. PNY's listing of the XLR8 RTX 2080 Ti conforms to these specifications and sports a 285W TDP with a base clock of 1350 MHz and a boost clock of 1545 MHz. Thanks to NVLink coming to consumer Turing cards, PC Master Race folks can combine two of these cards to create a single unit of 22 GB VRAM. Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0b (sorry folks, no HDMI 2.1), and USB Type-C with VirtualLink. PNY states that the XLR8 RTX 2080 Ti requires 2 8-pin power connectors and a minimum 650W power supply.
The PNY XLR8 GeForce RTX 2080, on the other hand, sports 2944 CUDA Cores, 8 GB GDDR6 VRAM, 256-bit memory bus, 448 Gbps memory bandwidth, and can boost higher than the RTX 2080 Ti up to 1710 MHz. The rest of the features and requirements are similar to the RTX 2080 Ti save for the fact that the 2080 needs one 6-pin and one 8-pin power connector as opposed to the two 8-pin connectors needed for the RTX 2080 Ti.
PNY's brochure claims 6x the performance of previous generation graphics cards but it's a bit hard to chew this. In all probability, it could refer to the ray tracing capabilities but unless we know how many RT units are actually in the GPU, it will be difficult to make sense what the 6x claim is all about. Also, we are seeing many AIB cards sporting triple-fan setups. Not that having a triple-fan is uncommon, but it does present some apprehensions about the cooling requirements of the Turing GPUs.
Price-wise, PNY lists the XLR8 GeForce RTX 2080 at US$800 and the RTX 2080 Ti at US$1,000. Most likely, these prices are not final (generally, no one lists absolute numbers for prices) but it does imply top-tier Turings will not come cheap. We see that the product descriptions of the 2080 and the 2080 Ti are the same so in all likelihood, the descriptions and prices are just placeholders. Even if these prices are considered as ballpark estimates, it will be interesting to see how much of a performance delta exists between the upcoming Turing cards and the current Pascals to justify the price increase.
The RTX 2080/2080 Ti along with the rest of the GTX series will be made official on August 20 just ahead of Gamescom 2018. There is also a possibility of NVIDIA and game studio partners coming together on stage to demonstrate ray tracing in actual gameplay. We'll keep you posted as the action unfolds so stay tuned.