The results of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti cards in NVLink surprised me. In some games we have beyond the multi-GPU scaling of Pascal, with Rainbow Six Siege scaling the best on Turing. Shadow of the Tomb Raider has some baller scaling at 4K and 8K, while other games vary with scaling.
For those that will be buying the Big Format Gaming Display TVs next year, a BFGD with its native 4K 120Hz HDR G-Sync image on a massive 65-inch gaming TV is going to require serious horsepower. This is something I was concerned with when NVIDIA first announced the BFGD, was that we don't have a graphics card setup fast enough to handle 4K 120FPS.
It didn't matter if you used TITAN Xp cards in SLI and spent $2400 a few months ago, you won't hit 120FPS average in most games. You could dial settings down, but when you're buying a huge new 65-inch 4K 120Hz HDR G-Sync TV, you'll want max eye candy. Well, with RTX 2080 Ti in NVLink, that is now possible.
I'm using one of the 4K 144Hz HDR G-Sync gaming displays and I finally have a set of GPUs that is capable of driving 144FPS average. I have to tune a few settings in some games because we're not yet at 4K 144FPS with Ultra settings (minus AA) but we're damn close. A tweak of the shadow settings, and detail settings, and we're hitting 144FPS without an issue with RTX 2080 Ti NVLink.
If we compared $1199 graphics card (TITAN Xp) against $1199 graphics card (RTX 2080 Ti) and then the two setups in SLI and NVLink, respectively - we're looking at $2400 worth of graphics cards. Now get yourself one of those new 4K 144Hz HDR G-Sync panels and you're looking at another $2000.
So we're now at $4400.
$4400 is the entry cost of gaming at 4K 120FPS. That's no CPU or RAM, motherboard or SSD, case or PSU. Add on another $1500-$2000 for a decent Core i7-8700K, 16GB RAM and a large 1TB+ SSD and you're going to be hitting $6500 without a problem.
2 x NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti cards in NVLink and a beautiful new 27-inch 4K 144Hz HDR G-Sync gaming display is pretty damn good value for money if you compared it to previous-gen multi-GPU setups and high-end monitors from over the last few generations.
A few generations ago $1100 was the launch cost of 2 x GeForce GTX 980s, while an ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q would cost $800. This is $1900 total and would've provided 1440p 50FPS at the time in Metro: Last Light (this is 2014) while BioShock: Infinite ran at 113FPS average at 1440p (99FPS on a single GTX 980).
Rewinding past that, I remember buying $2000+ monitors over the years with the Sony G520 and my beast HP LP3065 (30-inch 2560x1600 @ 60Hz) monitors with thousands of dollars worth of graphics cards. For enthusiasts, it's not about the money - it's about having the best.
Right now, 2 x GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics cards and a 4K 144Hz HDR G-Sync gaming monitor is the best gaming experience you can have. You can have multi-monitor setups that might be better, but that's an entirely different conversation. Now that we have 4K 144Hz monitors the best triple-monitor gaming rig would be a 3 x 4K 144Hz gaming rig which would really drive up the GPU requirements.
And even then, the RTX 2080 Ti cards in NVLink are the only option at that resolution. This is why we have NVLink with the additional bandwidth for next level gaming setups like triple 4K and triple 8K monitors... not that there is a huge customer base for that.
NVIDIA should be applauded for being the ONLY company in that space.
NVIDIA is the only company on the planet with graphics cards even capable of driving 4K 120FPS. There is no AMD Radeon graphics configuration that can drive 4K 120FPS or higher like the new GeForce RTX 2080 Ti cards can in NVLink. Nothing.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Turing: NVLink Multi-GPU Tech]
- Page 3 [Up Close: NVLink Bridge]
- Page 4 [Test System Specs]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - Synthetic]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - 1080p]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - 1440p]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - 3440x1440]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - 4K]
- Page 10 [Power Consumption]
- Page 11 [Unlocked: 4K 120FPS Gaming]
- Page 12 [Should You Buy RTX 2080 Ti NVLink?]
- Page 13 [Final Thoughts]