Why We Need All This GPU Power
Given the information of this post, which I'll keep updated as we get closer to August 20 (or whenever NVIDIA unveils these new graphics cards), we can expect the GeForce RTX 2080 to beat the GTX 1080 Ti and even the TITAN Xp. Hell, there's a tease of the RTX 2080 beating out the TITAN V and if it does that, we're looking at a new graphics card that's capable of gaming at 4K 144FPS on a single card.
The only problem I have with that is that if the RTX 2080 is that fast, what in the hell would we need the RTX 2080 Ti for? This is why I don't think the GeForce RTX 2080 will beat the TITAN V, but I think it'll beat the GTX 1080 Ti which makes the purported $649 price sound right. NVIDIA could drop the price of the GTX 1080 Ti once the RTX 2070/2080 are announced, but then there's a huge gap between $649 and $1199 (which is what the TITAN Xp is priced at).
NVIDIA's new GeForce RTX 2080 being faster than the GTX 1080 Ti means the TITAN Xp should be wiped away overnight, and replaced with what I'm thinking will be the TITAN RTX with 12-16GB of GDDR6. NVIDIA could split it up into two cards at $1199 and $1499 with 12GB of GDDR6 and 16GB of GDDR6, respectively. This leaves the $649 to $1199 market wide open for NVIDIA to price the RTX 2080 Ti and any other card between the RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti, with a wide $500+ gap between cards.
The heading of this part of the article is 'why we need all this GPU power' and the answer is: new G-Sync HDR monitors. Acer and ASUS have both released new 27-inch 4K 144Hz G-Sync HDR gaming monitors that cost $2000, yet there's no graphics cards on the market that can drive them. There's no single-GPU solution that handles 4K at Ultra details and is able to pump out 144FPS.
I've been using both of the new 4K 144Hz G-Sync monitors and I'm using an NVIDIA TITAN Xp Star Wars Collectors Edition graphics card, which is the single best graphics card on the market. I'm only playing Overwatch and can't have it on Ultra details and hit 144FPS at 4K, so I'm having to drop it to a mix of low/medium detail to reach closer to 120-144FPS constantly at 4K. I don't want any frames dropping in those huge 12-player battles, and even this $1199 graphics card can't do it.
We don't just have the new 27-inch 4K 144Hz G-Sync HDR monitors but the soon-to-be-released Big Format Gaming Displays (BFGDs) in the coming months, with NVIDIA getting G-Sync into large 65-inch 4K TVs. They'll be the first to market with a 65-inch 4K 120Hz G-Sync HDR TV, which will be a new unexplored market for not just NVIDIA but any panel and TV partners like LG, ASUS, Acer, and so on.
There's never been a time before in the history of computing that we've really needed a new graphics card because monitor technology is so far ahead, and games can't be run on it easily. We've come close before with CRTs back in the day doing 1600x1200 @ 85-100Hz, and then the leap to 1920x1080 wasn't that bad as we had huge 30.5-inch 2560x1600 (yes, not 2560x1440) monitors. 4K was years away at that point, and still limited to 60Hz.
Until now, we've been limited to 60Hz on 4K but up to 165Hz on 2560x1440. 4K at 144Hz requires much, much more graphics card horsepower than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti and TITAN Xp are capable of. This is why we need Turing and GDDR6 here now with the new TITAN and GeForce RTX series cards.
I'll be updating this post as we go, with the first page being updated at all times. Thanks for reading!
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