NVIDIA GeForce RTX Series Is Purpose Built For OC – Will Be Quiet As A Whisper

Sep 14, 2018

Another day, another leak by Videocardz, this time about a design feature of RTX-series that is sure to resonate well with enthusiasts getting ready to part with their money. It looks like NVIDIA has drastically improved power delivery systems and voltage curves with their new Turing lineup.  If the leaked slides are anything to be believed, the card’s PCB will deliver a much cleaner voltage supply to the GPU – allowing for greater OC headrooms and cooler operation.

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Let’s start with the sound levels and acoustics. The GTX 1080 – which is what NVIDIA is using for comparison against the RTX 2080 – can become as loud as 36 dBA under load but the RTX 2080 will only hit a maximum peak of 29 dBA. This is a pretty significant reduction and can be the difference between “annoying-whining-hum” and “a-comfortable-hum-that-you-can-barely-hear”. To put this into perspective a standard whisper is around 30 dBA. You can officially say that these things are as quiet as a whisper now.

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Up next, we have the slides that overclockers will actually be interested. NVIDIA has given new voltage curves of the cards and the VRMs can supply an unholy level of amperege to the GPU if required. Not only that but the voltage signal is now super clean and a lot tighter than before. Noise and ripple has been virtually eliminated and the company has managed to add on an additional 20 Watts of TDP envelope for a total of 55 Watts (this was 35 Watts with the GTX 1080). These additional few wattts will allow for more overclocking headroom – which I am sure their own Turbo Dynamic boost will utilize as well.

This brings me to the second point. While the slides clearly state that the GPU is meant for overclocking, these features will impact the average joe a lot more than actual professional OC-ers – wanna know why? Because they will undoubtedly be utilized by their dynamic turbo boost service which automatically applies the highest stable overclock possible to the card given the thermal conditions. This is also why Pascal cards run a lot higher in terms of frequency than their minimum guaranteed turbo boost – this is also why I suspect Turing will run a lot higher than the guaranteed turbo boosts imply.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX/GTX "Turing" Family:

Graphics Card Name NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
GPU Architecture Turing GPU (TU117) Turing GPU (TU116) Turing GPU (TU116) Turing GPU (TU106) Turing GPU (TU106) Turing GPU (TU104) Turing GPU (TU102)
Process 12nm FNN 12nm FNN 12nm FNN 12nm FNN 12nm FNN 12nm FNN 12nm FNN
Die Size 200mm2 284mm2 284mm2 445mm2 445mm2 545mm2 754mm2
Transistors 4.7 Billion 6.6 Billion 6.6 Billion 10.6 Billion 10.6 Billion 13.6 Billion 18.6 Billion
CUDA Cores 896 Cores 1408 Cores 1536 Cores 1920 Cores 2304 Cores 2944 Cores 4352 Cores
TMUs/ROPs 56/32 88/48 96/48 120/48 144/64 192/64 288/96
GigaRays N/A N/A N/A 5 Giga Rays/s 6 Giga Rays/s 8 Giga Rays/s 10 Giga Rays/s
Cache 1.5 MB L2 Cache 1.5 MB L2 Cache 1.5 MB L2 Cache 4 MB L2 Cache 4 MB L2 Cache 4 MB L2 Cache 6 MB L2 Cache
Base Clock 1485 MHz 1530 MHz 1500 MHz 1365 MHz 1410 MHz 1515 MHz 1350 MHz
Boost Clock 1665 MHz 1785 MHz 1770 MHz 1680 MHz 1620 MHz
1710 MHz OC
1710 MHz
1800 MHz OC
1545 MHz
1635 MHz OC
Compute 3.0 TFLOPs 5.0 TFLOPs 5.5 TFLOPs 6.5 TFLOPs 7.5 TFLOPs 10.1 TFLOPs 13.4 TFLOPs
Memory Up To 4 GB GDDR5 Up To 6 GB GDDR5 Up To 6 GB GDDR6 Up To 6 GB GDDR6 Up To 8 GB GDDR6 Up To 8 GB GDDR6 Up To 11 GB GDDR6
Memory Speed 8.00 Gbps 8.00 Gbps 12.00 Gbps 14.00 Gbps 14.00 Gbps 14.00 Gbps 14.00 Gbps
Memory Interface 128-bit 192-bit 192-bit 192-bit 256-bit 256-bit 352-bit
Memory Bandwidth 128 GB/s 192 GB/s 288 GB/s 336 GB/s 448 GB/s 448 GB/s 616 GB/s
Power Connectors N/A 8 Pin 8 Pin 8 Pin 8 Pin 8+8 Pin 8+8 Pin
TDP 75W 120W 120W 160W 185W (Founders)
175W (Reference)
225W (Founders)
215W (Reference)
260W (Founders)
250W (Reference)
Starting Price $149 US $219 US $279 US $349 US $499 US $699 US $999 US
Price (Founders Edition) $149 US $219 US $279 US $349 US $599 US $799 US $1,199 US
Launch April 2019 March 2019 February 2019 January 2019 October 2018 September 2018 September 2018
How high do you think RTX-Series graphics cards (like the 2080) will OC?