This has been quite a hectic but enjoyable 4-day exploration evaluating the new Turing RTX 2080 Ti and RTX 2080. Both cards did exceptionally well performance-wise compared to either the GTX 1080 Ti or to the TITAN Xp. The new RTX 2080 Ti is the fastest gaming card in the world. It totally blows away its nearest competitors, the RTX 2080, the TITAN Xp, or the GTX 1080 Ti – but its performance and features come with a premium price. And AMD’s top liquid-cooled Vega 64 card sits well below the RTXes to mostly trade blows with the GTX 1080.
NVIDIA is betting their gaming future on introducing RTX and ray tracing now. AMD is unlikely to refresh Vega for gaming, and they will be forced to add ray tracing to their own next generation or be left behind. Intel is also working on their own discrete graphics and will also need to consider ray tracing, so the state of the art will probably move forward with NVIDIA’s bold move.
Turing is a first generation RTX product and it is expensive to produce, but for the first time in many years, there is a real leap forward in visuals by adding hardware accelerated inference and ray tracing to GeForce. PC games will obviously “look better” with ray tracing, and it is very likely that game developers will be motivated to add these new features quickly. It appears that Turing RTX is a great start in the right direction.
The RTX 2080 offers a good upgrade path at $699/$799 for current GTX 1080 owners who will be getting a slightly faster card than a GTX 1080 Ti but with new RTX features. And the RTX 2080 Ti offers a very good upgrade path for TITAN Xp owners who also paid $1199 for their cards, but will now get about one-third more performance with great new features.
There is no competition for NVIDIA, and we hope that AMD will be able to bring out a new and powerful flagship video card, however, we just don’t see this happening until perhaps late next year when they bring out new consumer GPUs on 7nm. In the meantime, NVIDIA will probably take more mindshare and marketshare as they work on adding RTX to mainstream gaming.
The main issue we see is for GTX 1080 Ti owners who paid $699 for their cards, but who must now spent $999 to $1199 to upgrade to a RTX 2080 Ti. Enthusiasts who must have “the latest” will not have any issues with the RTX 2080 Ti’s pricing, although the average working gamer may find the upgrade difficult to afford.
We are totally impressed with this high-performance dual 8-pin PCIe cabled Turing RTX 2080 Ti flagship chip that has such exceptional performance at ultra 4K. It stands alone as the fastest video card in the world and commands a price of $999 to $1199. The RTX 2080 starts at a more reasonable $699 and is the second-fastest card. We are looking forward to reviewing the RTX 2070 next month which is based on TU106 and starts at $499.
The Founders Edition of either RTX are well built, solid, and good-looking, and they are overclocked +90 MHz over stock clocks. The Turing Founders Editions are a big improvement over the earlier blower-style editions and they look great also.
Although the RTXes use massive complex chips, we see good overclockability with quietness at stock voltage and fan profile from the Founder Edition design, and our follow-up overclocking article will explore overclocking further.
- The RTX 2080 Ti is the fastest video card in the world by a large margin.
- The RTX 2080 is priced similarly to the GTX 1080 Ti but has new features and it is slightly faster.
- Ray tracing is a game changer in every way and a leap forward over rasterization.
- Turing brings AI/deep learning and ray tracing to improve visuals while also increasing performance with DLSS.
- Overclocking headroom is very good – GPU Boost 4.0 works with the NVIDIA/PrecisionX1 scanner utility very well even though it is in beta.
- The reference design cooling is quiet and efficient; the card and well-ventilated case stay cool even highly overclocked on a warm Summer-like day.
- It is possible to use two of these cards for extreme SLI performance with new higher-bandwidth bridges.
- The backplate is a nice touch and the updated industrial design is eyecatching.
- Price – especially for the RTX 2080 Ti. Although it offers an excellent upgrade path from the Pascal TITAN Xp for the same price, it may be an expensive proposition for current GTX 1080 Ti owners.
- If you are buying the ultimate video card right now and looking for the highest performance, the RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition is the only choice. It is a high performance status card to run in the fastest 4K and VR systems. The RTX 2080 is faster than the GTX 1080 Ti at a similar price and it has newer features.
- We would like to award both RTXes BabelTechReviews’ Editor’s Choice Award. Turing brings important new features to PC gaming to improve both performance and visuals.
Turing RTX brings superb top-performers to the GeForce family. With great forward-looking features, you can be assured of immersive gaming by picking this card for 4K or for VR.
If you currently game on a lesser video card, you will do yourself a favor by upgrading to a RTX video card. They will give you better visuals for ray tracing, and DLSS will allow for better performance for the games that use it.
Stay tuned, there is a lot coming from us at BTR. Next up, we will test RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti overclocking this week. Next week we will benchmark the Vive Pro and the Oculus Rift with the top RTX, Pascal, and Vega cards. And don’t forget to check out BTR’s tech community! Comment below or on the forum please. Following are a list of links for further reading or viewing.