It is finally here! After two years of eager waiting, Nvidia has finally announced, at an event in Cologne (Germany), that it will release a whole new series of graphics cards on September 20th 2018.
However, this is no ordinary improvement like cards before! Previously, Nvidia named its graphics cards with “GTX” beginning with the first of the 10 series cards which were the GTX 1080 on May 27th 2016. Since then, graphics cards released had less power and were targeted towards mid-range gamers. That was until March 10th 2017 when Nvidia released the 1080Ti which were more powerful but also more expensive…
Towards the beginning of 2018, there had been rumours of a new series of graphics cards, and many (such as myself) believed it would be called the 11 series: “GTX 1180” and “GTX 1180Ti”. Nevertheless, the rumours began gaining momentum, and at its peak hype (excitement) Nvidia suddenly hit us with promising benchmarks of the new 20 series.
As you can see there are many new upgrades and feature compared to the GTX 1080: Firstly, the RTX 2080 (and its complementary Founders Edition card) feature a new GPU architecture called Turing – replacing the old Pascal architecture – which points towards a more efficient GPU. Secondly, the memory speed for both cards has increased by 4 Gbps, and they now feature the new GDDR6 memory (seen next to “Frame Buffer”). Overall, this leads to higher frame rates, but of course, that was expected.
Here are the prices:
• GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition: $1,199
• GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Reference*: $999
• GeForce RTX 2080 Founders Edition: $799
• GeForce RTX 2080 Reference*: $699
*Reference is another way of saying normal
In conclusion, I feel that the prices of these graphics cards are quite high and would suggest buying a 10 series card if you are not gaming in 4k. This is because a GTX 1080 is still a great GPU and will be suitable for any 1080p gaming. Additionally, many popular games (such as CSGO, Fortnite and many, many more) will run at frame rates above 120fps using a GTX 1080; after 120 fps extra frames are almost negligible to the average gamer. I would only recommend buying an RTX 2080 Ti if you are an enthusiast and you have plenty of money to spend on the latest and greatest hardware.