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The GPU race continues on once again, as NVIDIA have now officially announced the GeForce RTX 2000 series of GPUs and they're launching in September.

This new series will be based on their Turing architecture and their RTX platform. These new RT Cores will "enable real-time ray tracing of objects and environments with physically accurate shadows, reflections, refractions and global illumination." which sounds rather fun.

They will start off with three models to succeed their current top of the line:

  • RTX 2070 with 8GB GDDR6, available in October
  • RTX 2080 with 8GB GDDR6, available in September
  • RTX 2080 Ti with 11GB GDDR6, available in September

Naturally, for a brand new series they won't be cheap!

The "Founders Edition" NVIDIA are offering will be £1,099/$1,199 for the RTX 2080 Ti, £749/$799 for the RTX 2080 and £569/$599 for the RTX 2070. From what I've seen, these editions will have a higher clock boost over the normal editions.

The normal "Reference" editions will be cheaper of course, with the RTX 2080 Ti at $999, RTX 2080 at $699 and RTX 2070 at $499. Unsure on the UK prices for the normal editions, as I can't see them listed currently but you get the idea.

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NVIDIA generally have good support for new GPUs on Linux, so I'm sure a brand new driver is already on the way to be released soon.

See more on the official NVIDIA site, their announcement blog post and this post as well.

Will you be picking one up, will you be waiting for the normal edition or will you wait and see what AMD have to offer?

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Shmerl 20 August 2018 at 8:34 pm UTC
That's crazy expensive, even for new GPUs.

I'm interested in when AMD are planning to make new desktop cards. Some suggested 2019.

Last edited by Shmerl at 20 August 2018 at 8:35 pm UTC
Xpander 20 August 2018 at 8:37 pm UTC
ShmerlThat's crazy expensive, even for new GPUs.

I'm interested in when AMD are planning to make new desktop cards. Some suggested 2019.

Theres no competition sadly and also GDDR6 is said to be 20% more expensive which is exactly the difference between 399 MSRP 1070 had and 499 dollars the 2070 has
Shmerl 20 August 2018 at 8:43 pm UTC
XpanderTheres no competition sadly and also GDDR6 is said to be 20% more expensive which is exactly the difference between 399 MSRP 1070 had and 499 dollars the 2070 has

AMD went with HBM2, but prices were inflated more because of the cryptocurrencies. I think lack of competition is more of a reason here for the higher than usual price. AMD should catch up.
Beamboom 20 August 2018 at 8:44 pm UTC
Now the prices will finally drop on the 1080s - ergo I can get one (and then Vive is next on my list!).
jordicoma 20 August 2018 at 8:45 pm UTC
It seems that it need a special, proprietary extensions for vulkan, to get the raytracing and the new compute cores.
They say that those extensions will come at the future (now you can only get it from directx on windows.
To get all of those raytracing efects (they only give you a partial raytracing), the games would have to be programmed specifically for those extensions. For the normal games, you will lose 1/3 or more of chip that won't be utilized.
It would be sold if they promised all those features with the current cores (or improved ones) and like amd implementing it with opencl (nvidia has probably one of the worse opencl compatibility of all).
And remember, linux support probably will be in half a year (or more), and it wont have wayland, or hi-res console support.

(And it's too expensive for me).
Liam Dawe 20 August 2018 at 8:45 pm UTC
Guestyep and ill be staying with my 980ti.those prices are way out of reach for me
I'm pretty much the same, my 980ti still has a good year or two of life in it yet
Segata Sanshiro 20 August 2018 at 8:49 pm UTC
I'll probably wait until real-world benchmarks come out to see the actual performance differences, because all these claims about 10x and 8x performance only refer to ray-tracing and not conventional gaming performance. If it turns out the 2080 can finally deliver a satisfactory 4k gaming experience across big titles at over 60fps, then I'll pick one up.
tmtvl 20 August 2018 at 8:55 pm UTC
So are they already submitting patches to mesa? Oh wait, that's AMD, nevermind.
PieOrCake 20 August 2018 at 9:05 pm UTC
I guess that my 1080 Ti won't be top of the range for much longer. Not that it matters - it still eats everything I throw at it, and probably will for years.
Comandante Ñoñardo 20 August 2018 at 9:19 pm UTC

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