EVGA Lists Elusive $999 RTX 2080 Ti, The EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Black Edition

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Oct 27

When the RTX 20 Series launched we saw the same ‘starting at’ pricing we were introduced to back with the launch of the Pascal based GTX 10 series and people simply weren’t buying it this time.  With the Founder’s Edition this time being a rather robust dual axial fan based cooler it was presumed that the base pricing models would basically be cheap junk consisting of nothing more than a basic plastic blower style cooler.  The EVGA RTX 2080 Ti Black Edition looks to prove otherwise.

Then there was the other issue, would we even actually see any cards at the ‘starting at’ pricing? After all the pre orders for the RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti all were at or around that founders edition pricing and that wasn’t leaving much hope.  Enter the launch of the RTX 2070, while this was the baby of the trio it did usher in the first wave of ‘starting at’ RTX cards.  There were a few models at the $500 price point, sure a blower card was in there but the others were reference clocked dual axial fan designs giving would be RTX 2070 buyers an option to not spend $600.  I’m currently spending some time with the EVGA RTX 2070 XC Ultra and it coming at under the FE’s pricing, it’s a decent kicker of a card.

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Okay, sure you could get their RTX entry line at that pricing, but what about the big daddy, the RTX 2080 Ti for $999? With all the cards launching at around the $1200 FE pricing I could definitely see peoples concern over not seeing one of these cards for the $999 price.  And I could definitely see the concern over using a blower style cooler on this toasty beast.  Looks like EVGA is attempting to prove everyone wrong on this one, enter the EVGA RTX 2080 Ti Black Edition Gaming.  Sure it’s clocked at reference specifications but with NVIDIA Scan OC built into Precision X One I would seriously laugh at anyone using that as a negative.  Looking at the rear I/O and the size of the card we can pretty much expect this to be a reference PCB with EVGA adding their flare in the form of a textured backplate and excellent cooling solution on the GPU side.  At $1200 the RTX 2080 Ti is a tough sell despite its performance offering, but at the ‘starting price’ of $999 it’s much more arguable with it’s performance lead over, well, pretty much everything in the consumer market.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20 Series Graphics Cards Official Specifications

Graphics Card Name NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
GPU Architecture Turing GPU (TU106) Turing GPU (TU104) Turing GPU (TU102)
Process 12nm NFF 12nm NFF 12nm NFF
Die Size 445mm2 545mm2 754mm2
Transistors 10.6 Billion 13.6 Billion 18.6 Billion
CUDA Cores 2304 Cores 2944 Cores 4352 Cores
TMUs/ROPs 144/64 192/64 288/96
GigaRays 6 Giga Rays/s 8 Giga Rays/s 10 Giga Rays/s
Cache 4 MB L2 Cache 4 MB L2 Cache 6 MB L2 Cache
Base Clock 1410 MHz 1515 MHz 1350 MHz
Boost Clock 1620 MHz
1710 MHz OC
1710 MHz
1800 MHz OC
1545 MHz
1635 MHz OC
Compute 7.5 TFLOPs 10.1 TFLOPs 13.4 TFLOPs
Memory 8 GB GDDR6 8 GB GDDR6 11 GB GDDR6
Memory Speed 14.00 Gbps 14.00 Gbps 14.00 Gbps
Memory Interface 256-bit 256-bit 352-bit
Memory Bandwidth 448 GB/s 448 GB/s 616 GB/s
Power Connectors 8 Pin 8+8 Pin 8+8 Pin
TDP 185W (Founders)
175W (Reference)
225W (Founders)
215W (Reference)
260W (Founders)
250W (Reference)
Starting Price $499 US $699 US $999 US
Price (Founders Edition) $599 US $799 US $1,199 US
Launch September 2018 September 2018 September 2018

Source: EVGA RTX 2080ti Product Page