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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Graphics Card Unleashed – The Best Gaming Graphics Card for $699 US, Packs 8 GB GDDR6, 2944 Cores and Performance That Puts The GTX 1080 Ti to Shame

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NVIDIA has announced their next-generation GeForce RTX 2080 graphics cards for $699 US. The RTX 2080 is based on the next-gen Turing GPU architecture that provides a huge increase in transistor density and massive performance per watt improvements. The GeForce RTX Turing products will deliver the most competitive graphics performance to gamers around the globe in the latest AAA blockbuster titles.

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 packs the performance needed to enjoy all next-generation AAA Gaming Titles with unconstrained graphics prowess!

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NVIDIA Announces GeForce RTX 20 Series Graphics Cards – GeForce RTX 2080 For $699 US, $799 US (Founders Edition), The Best Card for Gamers Around the World

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 is the next chapter in high-performance gaming graphics cards. Featuring the latest Turing GPU architecture designed by NVIDIA, the GeForce RTX 2080 will allow gamers to play new VR experiences, games with real-time raytracing and beyond 4K content at improved FPS compared to current generation graphics cards. The GeForce RTX 2080 takes the GeForce platform to the next level with a range of new features aside from performance which we will be detailed completely.

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Let’s take a trip down the journey to Turing. In 2016, NVIDIA announced their Pascal GPUs which would be featured in their top to bottom GeForce lineup. After the launch of Maxwell, NVIDIA gained a lot of experience in the efficiency department which they put a focus on since their Kepler GPUs. Now, with an enhanced FinFET process available, NVIDIA is taking the efficiency lead beyond where it was previously, is completely unrivaled by the competition. With Volta, NVIDIA focused on the AI and HPC market but most of the features that Volta supported aren’t necessarily needed in the gaming department. That’s where Turing comes in, a GPU designed solely for the consumer segment.

Coming to Turing, the GeForce RTX 2080 is powered by the Turing TU104 GPU. The TU104 GPU is the successor to NVIDIA’s GP104 GPU and sticks to the same principles which made the GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 great which is to offer gamers the best performance at the highest efficiency rate (perf/watt) and deliver products that are highly competitive in pricing and performance.

GeForce RTX — New Family of Gaming GPUs
The new GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, 2080 and 2070 GPUs are packed with features never before seen in a gaming GPU, including:

  • New RT Cores to enable real-time ray tracing of objects and environments with physically accurate shadows, reflections, refractions and global illumination.
  • Turing Tensor Cores to perform lightning-fast deep neural network processing.
  • New NGX neural graphics framework integrates AI into the overall graphics pipeline, enabling AI algorithms to perform amazing image enhancement and generation.
  • New Turing shader architecture with Variable Rate Shading allows shaders to focus processing power on areas of rich detail, boosting overall performance.
  • New memory system featuring ultra-fast GDDR6 with over 600GB/s of memory bandwidth for high-speed, high-resolution gaming.
  • NVIDIA NVLink®, a high-speed interconnect that provides higher bandwidth (up to 100 GB/s) and improved scalability for multi-GPU configurations (SLI).
  • Hardware support for USB Type-C™ and VirtualLink(1), a new open industry standard being developed to meet the power, display and bandwidth demands of next-generation VR headsets through a single USB-C™ connector.
  • New and enhanced technologies to improve the performance of VR applications, including Variable Rate Shading, Multi-View Rendering, and VRWorks Audio.

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

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Is Designed for Real-time Raytracing, DirectX Raytracing, DirectX 12, VR+ and Beyond 4K Resolution Gaming

The NVIDIA GeForce Turing graphics cards are built to offer the best gaming performance and capabilities. To do so, NVIDIA is deploying a range of new tools and SDKs to make Turing their best ever Gaming platform for PC. NVIDIA announced several gaming initiatives for the Turing GPUs with key technologies revolving around their RTX, GameWorks and VRWorks programs.

NVIDIA RTX 2080 With Turing TU104 Is Much Faster Than A 1080 Ti and The $1200 US Titan XP

The performance of NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 2080 is just off the charts. NVIDIA’s CEO, Jen-Hsun, mentioned at the announcement that the GeForce RTX 2080 is faster than the previous flagship, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, in fact, it will be able to outperform two 1080 Tis in SLI which means users will be looking forward to a phenomenal upgrade from their previous graphics cards.

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg, the performance metrics don’t stop at the 1080 Ti. The GeForce RTX 2080 is just stunning amounts of performance for gamers for a really unbeatable price point considering where we were with the last generation of GPUs.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 ($699 USD) – The High-End GeForce Turing Graphics Card – 215W TDP and 8 GB GDDR6 Memory

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 is officially announced as NVIDIA’s perfect solution for gamers. Launching next month, the GeForce RTX 2080 aims to provide the best gaming performance compared to the previous generation and doing so at just $699 US which is a stunning price for a card that packs so much performance.

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 features the TU104 GPU (TU104-400-A1) core which comprises of 2944 CUDA cores. NVIDIA’s 12nm FinFET architecture allows higher core count while retaining faster clock speeds which we have already seen on Pascal cards. The chip houses 13.6 Billion transistors which are a nice jump compared to the 7.2 Billion transistors on the Pascal GP104 GPU. The card delivers much higher performance due to enhanced core design that adds incremental IPC gains.

The actual clock speeds are maintained at 1515 MHz base and 1710 MHz boost (1800 MHz OC). The chip features 8 GB of GDDR6 (next-gen) memory featured across a 256-bit bus and clocked at 14 GB/s. This leads to a total bandwidth of 448 GB/s.

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 features just 215W TDP. Coupled with a very smooth power delivery system to avoid leakage, the chip is one of the most efficient GPU architecture ever designed for gamers. The display outputs for the card include 3 Display Port 1.4 (4K @ 120 Hz), 1 HDMI 2.0b (4K @ 60 Hz) and USB Type-C connector for the Virtual link which means that it is capable to support all next-gen displays with new standards. Power is fed through an 8 and 6 pin connector configuration.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20 Series Design, Next-Gen NVTTM With Dual Fan Cooler, Beefy Aluminum Fin Based Heatsink, Heavy Overclock Ready PCB, NVLINK For Dual-Way Multi-GPU Functionality – CRAZY AMOUNTS OF OVERCLOCKING!

When it comes to the cooler design, NVIDIA is taking a major departure from their blower styled cooler from previous reference designs and going for a strong dual fan cooling system which is said to deliver better cooling performance. The cooler comprises of dual rotatory fans that push cool air towards a large heatsink block that is made up of several aluminum fins and interconnects via heat pipe technology. The cooler has a high-performance vapor chamber underneath the hood which uses a copper base to effectively dissipate heat from the GPU and surroundings such as the VRAM.

All of this is packed beneath an elegant looking cooler which doesn’t use the same design pattern as the GeForce 10 series founders edition cards. Those went with a more polygonal texture but this is more of a plain design featuring an aluminum shroud with a matte black finish in the center. The RTX 2080 / 2080 Ti logo is seen on the side and has LEDs to glow when the card is operational. The shroud engulfs the entire card, leading from the top and even the back which acts as a backplate and looks very neat.

The factory overclocked GeForce RTX 2080 Founders Edition graphics card features a next-gen 8-phase power supply for maximum overclocking and dual-axial 13-blade fans coupled with a new vapor chamber for ultra-cool and quiet performance. via NVIDIA

In addition to the cooler, the RTX 20 series cards rock a single NVLINK connector, capable of offering dual way multi-GPU functionality. The RTX 2080 cards will operate at (x8/x8) mode while RTX 2080 Ti cards would operate in (x16/x16) mode.

The Latest Mainstream Memory Solution – GDDR5X Versus GDDR5 Comparison

For those who like to know what difference is between GDDR5 and GDDR56, we know from the official specifications published by JEDEC both memory standards are not a whole lot different from each other but they aren’t the same thing either. The GDDR6 solution is built upon the DNA of GDDR5X and has been updated to deliver twice the data rate and denser die capacities.

There are a lot of design changes that went in developing GDDR56 to achieve the faster transfer speeds, higher bandwidth and in a package that consumers just around the same power or even lower. Samsung states that GDDR6 has 35% lower power input than GDDR5 DRAM.

Coming to the specifications in-detail, the Samsung 16 Gb GDDR6 memory die will be built on the 10nm process node which Samsung is calling as the most advanced memory node to date. It will double the density of their GDDR5 solution which was composed of a 20nm 8 Gb die. According to Samsung, their solution will be operating at up to 18 Gbps against a previous standard speed of 16 Gbps and that is a big deal here. Each die will be able to deliver a data transfer rate of 72 Gbps and hold a capacity of 2 GB VRAM. The solution will be able to do all of this with 35% lower power input at just 1.35V compared to 1.55V.

This means that a solution based on a 384-bit interface and surrounded by 12 DRAM dies could feature up to 24 GB of VRAM while a 256-bit solution can house up to 16 GB of VRAM. That’s twice the VRAM capacity as current generation cards. While VRAM is one thing, the maximum bandwidth output on a 384-bit card can reach a blistering fast 672 GB/s while the 256-bit solution can reach a stunning 448 GB/s transfer rate on existing 14 Gbps dies which are in full production.

GPU Memory Technology Updates

Graphics Card Name Memory Technology Memory Speed Memory Bus Memory Bandwidth Release
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 GDDR5X 10.0 Gbps 256-bit 320 GB/s 2016
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 GDDR6 14.0 Gbps 256-bit 448GB/s 2018
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 HBM2 1.9 Gbps 2048-bit 483 GB/s 2017
AMD Radeon R9 Fury X HBM1 1.0 Gbps 4096-bit 512 GB/s 2015
NVIDIA Titan Xp GDDR5X 11.4 Gbps 384-bit 547 GB/s 2017
NVIDIA Titan V HBM2 1.7 Gbps 3072-bit 652.8 GB/s 2017
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti GDDR6 14.0 Gbps 384-bit 672GB/s 2018
NVIDIA Tesla P100 HBM2 1.4 Gbps 4096-bit 720 GB/s 2016
NVIDIA Tesla V100 HBM2 1.7 Gbps 4096-bit 901 GB/s 2017

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Market Availability – Preorder and Shipping Today, On Shelves 20th September

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 2080 Ti launches today in reference variants first for $799 US founders edition while the normal variants would start for $699 US. This time, NVIDIA has already given the green light to their manufacturers to announce custom cards soon after the reference launch which are now available to pre-order on the official GeForce webpage.

We will be covering the software technologies revealed by NVIDIA shortly so stay tuned and don’t forget to comment which GeForce 20 series cards you are going to purchase for your PC in the poll below.

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