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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Review: No Seriously, Just Buy It (Page 1)

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Review: No Seriously, Just Buy It

NVIDIA's new GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is the best graphics card ever made, period.

By: Anthony Garreffa from Sep 19, 2018 @ 8:00 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 100%Manufacturer: NVIDIA


It's finally here, like... really, finally here.


NVIDIA's new Turing GPU architecture makes its first consumer graphics cards with the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and RTX 2080, and the upcoming RTX 2070 that will launch next month. NVIDIA had only just unveiled the next-gen Turing GPU architecture the month before at SIGGRAPH 2018, where it unveiled new Quadro RTX branded graphics cards that fanned the flames of the rumor mill of a brand change to RTX.

We heard last year that NVIDIA were going to be mixing up the branding of the cards, but not to the extent of retiring the GTX moniker. NVIDIA's new Turing GPU architecture has ray tracing at its soul, with new RT Cores and Tensor Cores that it has borrowed from the Volta GPU architecture. Turing was built from the ground up for ray tracing, and was in development for 10 years alongside the development of previous GPU architectures in Maxwell and Pascal.


NVIDIA's new Turing GPU is the 'greatest leap since 2006 CUDA GPU', with the Turing GPU split into three: the Turing SM, RT Core, and Tensor Cores (NGX).


NVIDIA introduces RTX-OPS with the new GeForce RTX 20 series graphics cards, a way of measuring its ray tracing performance as well as Giga Rays/s to confuse us all. The new flagship GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is a freaking beast with 10 Giga Rays/s and 78T RTX-OPS with 11GB of GDDR6, while the RTX 2080 is knocked down to 8 Giga Rays/s and 60T RTX-OPS and 8GB of GDDR6, while the RTX 2070 that comes out next month will have 6 Giga Rays/s and 45T RTX-OPS with 8GB of GDDR6.

Putting The 'RT' in GeForce RTX

NVIDIA calling their new Turing graphics cards for consumers 'GeForce RTX' is the biggest shift in marketing for the company since the introduction of the GTX brand. RTX has a big road ahead of itself, as now NVIDIA is absolutely 100% committed to the world of ray tracing. We won't see NVIDIA move back to the GeForce GTX branding, ever.


The future of gaming is in real-time ray tracing, where NVIDIA is so far ahead it will be able to define the entire ray tracing industry. This is both a good, and a bad thing... as it gives NVIDIA full control of the entire ray tracing market right now. AMD is a player in the workstation space, but none of its consumer GPU architectures are capable of real-time ray tracing. Radeon is dead in the water for now, but I'm sure that's going to change with Navi... it has to change with Navi.

Pricing & Availability

NVIDIA is pricing its new GeForce RTX 20 series cards at much higher prices than previous-gen launches, but then again the company never launches its 'Ti' variant at launch so these are different times. The new GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition launches at $1199, the same price as the Pascal-based TITAN Xp. But the RTX 2080 Ti overall, starts at $999 while NVIDIA's higher-end Founders Edition knocks the price up to $1199.

  • GeForce RTX 2080 Ti - $999-$1199
  • GeForce RTX 2080 - $699-$799
  • GeForce RTX 2070 - $599

NVIDIA will sell its own Founders Edition cards at higher prices than the standard RTX 20 series cards, with the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition costing $1199, RTX 2080 Founders Edition costing $799, and the soon-to-be-released RTX 2070 costing $599.


This launch is very different to previous launches of GPUs from NVIDIA, with most of the first wave of RTX 2080 Ti and RTX 2080 graphics cards eaten up. We should expect custom RTX 2080 Ti cards to be available towards the last days of September, and more so in October. If you want to grab yourself the new RTX Founders Edition cards (which kick serious ass) it'll depend on your location.

The second wave of RTX Founders Edition cards should be coming in the next few weeks, while custom cards are going to be released throughout this time. The first custom card I have is from ZOTAC in the form of the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti AMP graphics card, which I'll have a review up over the weekend of. There's EVGA, MSI, GIGABYTE, and Palit cards on the way while I'm securing other brands as we speak. Expect a large RTX 2080 Ti/RTX 2080 comparison when they're all here and in my grubby hands.

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