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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 graphics cards now available

20 September 2018

The new NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20-series graphics cards bring additional performance over the previous 10-series along with new features including real-time ray tracing.

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 graphics cards now available

 

Browse our range of NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 graphics cards HERE

 

Browse our range of NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics cards HERE

 

NVIDIA has released their new GeForce RTX 2080 graphics card today with both Founders Edition and AIB partner cards available. It’s been a long wait for the new GeForce RTX 20-series graphics cards – over 2 years since the GeForce GTX 10-series was launched – but they’re finally here. So, what exactly sets the new RTX 20-series graphics cards apart?  (27/9/18) Note: GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics cards are now also available.

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20-series cards use the new 12nm Turing architecture which, when combined with the new GeForce RTX platform, brings real-time ray tracing, artificial intelligence and programmable shading to a reality. NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 utilizes the new TU104 GPU with 2944 shader cores and 8GB of GDDR6 memory. NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti utilizes the new TU102 GPU with 4352 shader cores, 11GB of GDDR6 memory and 68 RT Cores for improved ray-tracing performance. Turing equipped GeForce RTX 20-series graphics cards are the first graphics cards capable of real-time ray tracing. 

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Founders Edition - showing fans

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Founders Edition

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti - showing fans and branding

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition

 

 

What is real-time ray tracing?


Ray tracing is a rendering technique usually used in animation/production studios when creating movies. It offers far more detailed lighting, reflections and shadows which help to create a more lifelike and realistic image. NVIDIA’s new RTX 20-series graphics cards contain RT cores that are specifically designed to run ray tracing calculations in real-time. High framerates are maintained in games by combining traditional rasterization techniques with ray traced shadows, reflections and refractions. 

 

In a future update, Shadow of the Tomb Raider will offer ray tracing options that take advantage of the latest RTX 20-series graphics cards. Upcoming games such as Battlefield V and Metro Exodus will also offer the option of enabling ray tracing for improved graphics. Ray traced frames also allow frames to be rendered with more detail than non-ray traced frames in scenes that contain multiple sources of light. Check out NVIDIA’s graphics comparison video below demonstrating RTX ON vs RTX OFF in Shadow of the Tomb Raider.

 

 

 

Comparison of RTX OFF vs RTX ON showing more lifelike reflections in Battlefield V

 

Battlefield V - Ray-Tracing OFF vs Ray-Tracing ON - NVIDIA RTX 20-series

 

 

Other new features of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20-series graphics cards include;

 

-    The use of next-generation, ultra-fast GDDR6

-    GeForce RTX 2080 uses 8GB memory at 14Gbps

-    GeForce RTX 2080 Ti uses 11GB memory at 14Gbps

-    Dedicated RT Cores and Tensor Cores

-    A new Founders Edition cooler design for a large vapour chamber for improved thermal and acoustic performance

-    AIB brands are also featuring new cooler designs for improved thermals and acoustics

-    Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS)

-    NVLink (multi-graphics card support)

 

 

What is Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS)?


DLSS is a new super sampling antialiasing (AA) technique that utilises the deep learning strengths of the Tensor cores in the new RTX 20-series graphics cards. Essentially, DLSS learns on its own how to produce results that closely approximate the quality of 64X super sampling. By offloading this extra load to the Tensor cores means that enabling DLSS has little to no impact on framerate. For extra control, DLSS is adaptive and can be changed in the NVIDIA drivers with a slider.

 

 

NVLink – the new multi-card solution


NVLink is the interface used to connect 2 GeForce RTX 2080 or 2080 Ti for improved performance. The NVLink interface offers increased bandwidth over older SLI and SLI HB bridges for supporting high resolutions and framerates. For the GeForce RTX 20-series graphics cards, NVLink is used on GeForce RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti models only.

 

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti / GeForce GTX 1080 Ti / GeForce RTX 2080 / GeForce GTX 1080 specs

NVIDIA GeForce

RTX 2080 Ti FE

RTX 2080 Ti

GTX 1080 Ti

RTX 2080 FE

RTX 2080

GTX 1080


GPU
 
TU102 TU102 GP102 TU104 TU104 GP104

NVIDIA CUDA Cores
 
4352 4352 3584 2944 2944 2560

Tensor Cores
 
544 544 n/a 368 368 n/a

RT Cores
 
68 68 n/a 46 46 n/a

Transistor Count
 
18.6 Billion 18.6 Billion 12 Billion 13.6 Billion 13.6 Billion 7.2 Billion

Boost Clock (MHz)
 
1635 1545 1582 1800 1710 1733

Base Clock (MHz)
 
1350 1350 1481 1515 1515 1607


 
           

Memory Speed
 
14Gbps 14Gbps 11Gbps 14Gbps 14Gbps 10Gbps

Standard Memory Config
 
11GB GDDR6 11GB GDDR6 11GB GDDR5X 8GB GDDR6 8GB GDDR6 8GB GDDR5X

Memory Interface Width
 
352-bit 352-bit 352-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit

Memory Bandwidth
 
616GB/sec 616GB/sec 484GB/sec 448GB/sec 448GB/sec 320GB/sec


 
           

NVIDIA GPU Boost
 
4 4 3.0 4 4 3.0

NVIDIA SLI-Ready
 
Yes - (via NVIDIA RTX NVLink Bridge) Yes - (via NVIDIA RTX NVLink Bridge) Yes - (via SLI or SLI HB Bridge) Yes - (via NVIDIA RTX NVLink Bridge) Yes - (via NVIDIA RTX NVLink Bridge) Yes - (via SLI or SLI HB Bridge)

VR Ready
 
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Required Power Connectors
 
8-pin + 8-pin 8-pin + 8-pin 6-pin + 8-pin 6-pin + 8-pin Depends on model 8-pin

 

Along with these new features, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20-series graphics cards carry over existing technologies such as;

 

 

NVIDIA Ansel

 

-    NVIDIA Ansel offers gamers the ability to take in-game photos from anywhere and at any angle

-    Meaning that you are not locked to the game’s first or third person view

-    Super-resolution, 360, HDR and stereo photographs are available in supported games

-    A full list of supported games can be found on NVIDIA’s website

 

 

DirectX 12 (DX12)

 

-    The most recent DirectX 12 API is supported by GeForce RTX 20-series graphics cards

-    Microsoft’s DirectX Raytracing (DXR) – a feature of DirectX 12 – is supported by the new NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20-series in real-time

 

 

G-SYNC

 

-    NVIDIA G-SYNC is an adaptive refresh rate technology used to match your monitor’s refresh rate to your FPS

-    When the monitor’s refresh rate matches your FPS, screen tearing and stutter is virtually eliminated

-    Depending on the model, G-SYNC supported monitors are available with up to 240Hz refresh rates

-    G-SYNC HDR is available on supported monitors for more realistic brightness

 

 

GeForce Experience

 

-    GeForce Experience is an essential companion for your NVIDIA GeForce graphics card

-    GeForce Experience allows you to easily keep your drivers up to date and to optimize your game settings for the best gaming experience

-    NVIDIA ShadowPlay works similarly to a DVR

-    Capture gameplay up to 4K at 60 frames per second using NVIDIA ShadowPlay

-    Pressing a hotkey instantly captures the last 30 seconds using the Instant Replay feature

-    Share videos, and stream to online services without leaving your game using the NVIDIA ShadowPlay overlay

-    NVIDIA Highlights can automatically capture key moments such as game-changing plays, clutch-kills and more

 

 

Browse our range of newly released NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 graphics cards HERE

 

 

Browse our range of newly released NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics cards HERE

 

 

 

 

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