NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti GPU Is 6x Times Faster In Ray Tracing Performance and 10x Faster In AI – RTX 2080 And RTX 2070 Also Equipped With RT and AI Engines

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Aug 20, 2018

NVIDIA just unveiled their brand new lineup of RTX graphics cards and has offered a one of a kind revolutionary leap that’s bigger than even the Kepler to Maxwell leap of old. The company has introduced two completely new engines into its GPUs that offer a performance boost of up to 600% in some visual effects! That is an absolutely insane leap and one that will be sure to propel the graphics industry forward a few years.

The holy grail of graphics – ray traced gaming is here, thanks to the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, RTX 2080 and RTX 2070

So what’s the big deal about? Well, all previous generations of NVIDIA GeForce graphics have contained only one type of engine: the shader engine. The brand new RTX series contains three types of engines: the standard shader engine, an RT engine, and tensor cores. NVIDIA has been able to harness the power of AI and dedicated RT processors to offer performance leaps that are absolutely unheard off in the industry. A single RTX 2080 Ti is 10x faster than a 1080 Ti in AI and 6x faster than a 1080 Ti in ray tracing – which is absolutely bonkers!

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A slide from the event showcasing the 8x performance leap over Pascal’s flagship.

NVIDIA has introduced a whole plethora of features in this event and has leveraged the increased AI performance to innovative techniques such as predicting pixels to dynamically lower graphics load at high resolutions – you can expect twice the number of fps in 4k thanks to the deep learned models predicting how pixels will play out. This means that even though the CUDA Core count of the RTX 2080 Ti isn’t that high over its predecessor, the AI will add on a multiplier effect – giving you much higher performance than anything that could naturally occur.

The ray tracing feature is of course the most revolutionary one however. Ever since the dawn of gaming, pixels have been rendered using rasterization which meant that developers had to add on effects and all the eye candy manually. With real-time ray tracing however, all the developer needs to do is set the material properties and add on a couple of lights for drop dead gorgeous and utterly realistic graphics. This isn’t a revolution waiting to happen – it’s already started.

The GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is powered by the TU102 GPU, while the RTX 2080 and the RTX 2070 are 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