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

By: Anthony Garreffa | NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Sep 19, 2018 1:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 100%Manufacturer: NVIDIA

SO MUCH MORE Coming Soon

 

As I said earlier on in the review, I've only had around 48 hours with the new GeForce RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti graphics cards. I wanted to get the main portion of this review out of the way with the larger of the two cards reviewed, meaning the RTX 2080 gets summed up here quickly in the RTX 2080 Ti review as it's already in our benchmark charts. I'll take a look at the GeForce RTX 2080 in a separate article soon.

 

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I will have more detailed 8K benchmarks with stock and OC results, as well as upcoming NVLink benchmarks when an NVLink bridge and hopefully second RTX 2080/RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition arrive. 4K 144Hz HDR game benchmarks will also happen, as well as more of a look into 3440x1440 performance for 21:9 UltraWide gaming monitors. I wouldn't recommend the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti to anyone on a 1080p monitor, and even a 1440p monitor is pushing it unless it's a high refresh rate 120/144/165Hz panel.

 

4K is where the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti stretches its legs, something you can see very obviously in our benchmark charts.

 

 

Final Thoughts 1.0

 

NVIDIA has released what is in my eyes, the best graphics card of all time. It's not just a faster card, it's a better card in virtually every single way. If we take the price out of the equation and look at it from purely a technological point of view, the Turing GPU architecture is a work of art. It delivers truly next generation performance and features, something that will only be fully realized in the years to come.

 

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It has been many years since we've had a truly huge GPU architectural shake up from NVIDIA, with Pascal feeling like a more refined Maxwell and that has been the last five years of our lives with the GeForce GTX series. The new GeForce RTX series marks a monumental time: NVIDIA is putting its foot firmly onto the ground and said "this is what we want to do with the future of PC gaming" with its new real-time ray tracing technology, RTX features, and brute gaming performance from the new RTX 20 series graphics card.

 

 

So what will AMD do now? Well, if you look at the charts for the most part the highest-end flagship Radeon RX Vega 64 can barely beat the GeForce GTX 1080. Vega 64 can't compete with the GTX 1080 Ti, let alone the RTX 2080 or RTX 2080 Ti. NVIDIA has utterly redefined the high-end graphics card market by pushing the price of their GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition to $1199, effectively killing the TITAN Xp that is the same price.

 

It also opens up the market for a Turing-based GeForce RTX which could come much closer to $1999 in my opinion, with up to 12-16GB of GDDR6 RAM and a full-blown Turing GPU with every bell and whistle enabled. This would leave the GeForce GTX 10 series on its own between $250-$700 covered by the GTX 1060 through to GTX 1080 Ti. NVIDIA is creating a new market between $700-$1200 that it doesn't just dominate, it's the only player. They have effectively shifted the entire graphics card market on its head and then drawn new lines in the sand with RTX.

 

I'm utterly blown away by the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti. Totally blown away.

 

So many people will get triggered over its huge $1199 pricing, but comparing it to the previous $1199 card in the TITAN Xp, it blows it away. If NVIDIA had provided 5-10-15% more performance over the TITAN Xp in the RTX 2080 Ti, I would've been impressed. More performance at that level of the graphics card industry is unheard of. AMD couldn't come close to the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, hell it was blindsided by it when they unveiled Vega at Capsaicin 2017.

 

NVIDIA held its own surprise launch event for the GTX 1080 Ti blowing everyone away. I knew people at AMD who were shocked at the sudden announcement and release of the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. AMD knew it could never beat the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, something that was launched before Radeon RX Vega 56 and 64, and absolutely dominated it until now. HBM2 and HBCC alongside the new Vega GPU architecture weren't enough in that form to compete against Pascal let alone Volta and now Turing.

 

The use of GDDR6 has been incredible, with NVIDIA the first with the new super-fast memory standard being a big upgrade over GDDR5X on the GTX 1080/1080 Ti and TITAN Xp. AMD went with HBM2 and it ultimately failed on Vega, but the implementation of GDDR6 on the new GeForce RTX cards is a big winner for NVIDIA. Starting at 14Gbps is incredible, as it can scale to 18-20Gbps giving us far more memory bandwidth than even HBM2 in its current form.

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