NVidia revealed their new Graphics cards, just ahead of Gamescom 2018.

The Nvidia keynote, which took place a day before Gamescon 2018, started off showing the history of the Nvidia graphics cards from the beginning to current day technology. Before Jensen Huang (founder and CEO of Nvidia) came out on stage, where he discussed how photorealism is the holy grail in computer generated graphics, and how Moore’s law, (that for each year technology improves at an exponential rate).

Before leading to unveiling a new technology, RTX and Turing chips, a software and hardware combo meant to dynamically create ray tracing based on physical objects in a scene on the fly.

Using Rasterization (rendering 3D objects on a 2D plane), Ray Tracing (a method of calculating how light interacts in a 3D space/scene), Compute cores (The ability for GPUs or CPU’s to process calculations also known as CUDA) and finally deep learning AI technology (leveraged in the Turing chip by taking information live from a group of cloud computers specifically made for that purpose), all together called RTX.

Most of the show was taken up by showing tech demos which entailed demonstrating its abilities. Afterwards Huang revealed that Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Battlefield V and Metro Exodus and another game called Control (revealed later that it is using RTX technology) all in 4K 60 frames per second, including the Unreal 4 engine benchmark demo infiltrator.

While this is a decent leap forward in real terms, the cards that will utilize this technology are the RTX 2070, 2080, 2080 ti. However, I can’t in good conscious recommend the cards for the casual or even high-end gamer rigs, as the price of the cards is exorbitant with little difference from the previous generation (10 series Nvidia GeForce GPU). The RTX 2070 $599.99* RTX 2080 $799.99* and RTX 2080 Ti is $1,199.99*. As such you can get the same performance for less, and I would only suggest that those with deep pockets or those who can easily spare the cash and want to be on the bleeding edge of gaming technology even think about purchasing these cards.

The RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti are expected to ship on or around 20th September 2018, with the RTX 2070 releasing in sometime in October.

 

 GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
Founders Edition
GeForce RTX 2080 TiGeForce GTX 1080 Ti
GPU Architecture Turing Turing Pascal
Boost Clock1635 MHz (OC)1545 MHz 1582 MHz
Frame Buffer11GB GDDR611GB GDDR611GB GDDR5X
Memory Speed14 Gbps 14 Gbps 11 Gbps
 GeForce RTX 2080
Founders Edition
GeForce RTX 2080GeFocre GTX 1080
GPU Architecture Turing Turing Pascal
Boost Clock1800 MHz (OC)1710 MHz1733 MHz
Frame Buffer8GB GDDR68GB GDDR68GB GDDR5X
Memory Speed14 Gbps14 Gbps10 Gbps
 GeForce RTX 2070
Founders Edition
GeForce RTX 2070GeForce GTX 1070
GPU Architecture Turing Turing Pascal
Boost Clock1710 MHz (OC)1620 MHz1683 MHz
Frame Buffer8GB GDDR68GB GDDR68GB GDDR5
Memory Speed14 Gbps14 Gbps8 Gbps
*Prices shown are the Founder's Edition cards, a slightly weaker standard card, and slightly cheaper version is available but it’s a 
negligible difference in price and cost.