GeForce RTX 2080 & RTX 2070 – Nvidia New Gaming Graphics Cards

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Nvidia has introduced new gamer graphics cards. They are said to be particularly efficient at ray tracing calculations but are much more expensive than their predecessors.

Nvidia has introduced the first graphics cards of its new gaming generation. The two high-end models GeForce RTX 2080 and GeForce RTX 2080 Ti are powered by graphics chips of the new Turing series with 2944 and 4352 shader cores (Ti). Their 3D performance is to surpass the predecessor generation Pascal (GeForce GTX 1000) and sufficient to display current DirectX 12 games in 4K smoothly. According to the Nvidia website, the GeForce GTX 2080 costs 850 euros, while Nvidia charges 1260 euros for the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti. With it, the GPU manufacturer screwed up again the prices for player graphics cards. There is also a “cheaper” version called GeForce RTX 2070 for 640 euros. The tickets should be available from 20 September.

From September 2018, Nvidia will sell the Geforce RTX 2080 Ti, the Geforce RTX 2080, and later the Geforce RTX 2070. The graphics cards with Turing architecture beat their predecessors, prices and power consumption are rising. That’s what Raytracing looks like in Battlefield 5.

To reduce the load on the GPU, hybrid rendering technology is used – geometric models are processed by rasterization, and by using ray tracing only soft shadows and reflections are calculated. During the presentation, the work of RTX algorithms in games such as Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Metro: Exodus, Assetto Corsa Competizione and Battlefield V was demonstrated.

The RT cores in the TU10 GPUs accelerate certain algorithms, making real-time day teaching fluid for some effects: Nvidia showed a demo of Battlefield 5, with an explosion occurring behind a tank still reflected in the car next to it. With previous raster technology that does not work in this form, since the flames are outside the screen space. In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Nvidia demonstrated soft shadows thrown by point lights that are simply not available without the RTX option.

  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti – 11 GB of video memory, 10 billion rays and 78 trillion RTX-operations per second 
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 – 8 GB of video memory, 8 billion rays and 60 trillion RTX-operations per second 
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 – 8 GB of video memory, 6 billion rays and 45 trillion RTX-operations per second 

Conspicuous with the Geforce RTX 2080 (Ti) and Geforce RTX 2070 is the cooling with two axial fans instead of one radial. The same was the case recently with the Geforce 7800 GTX with 512 MB of video memory and the Geforce 7900 GTX. 

The power consumption of the new graphics cards is higher than its predecessors because the 12-nm technology instead of the 16-nm node cannot compensate for the higher clock rates. The Geforce RTX 2080 Ti comes to 260 watts instead of 250 watts, the Geforce RTX 2080 to 225 watts instead of 180 watts and the Geforce RTX 2070 to 185 watts instead of 150 watts. The Turing models use three display ports, an HDMI and a Virtual Link for VR headsets.

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