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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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Dedale 21 August 2018 at 12:21 am UTC
I do not know yet if that technology will be usable on Linux (and for me it is all that matters as i do not game on windows). More importantly, those crazy prices mean the stock of Pascals will not see their prices coming down.

Even the prices of second hand cards are high.

So, i will camp over my 2 years old 970 for a good while. I am glad i did not mistreat it with overclocking. If it unfortunately croaks, i have the HD4600 from my CPU.


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Keyrock 21 August 2018 at 12:38 am UTC
Those prices are disgusting. That's the problem with Nvidia holding basically a monopoly on high-end gpus, they can charge whatever they want.
Comandante Ñoñardo 21 August 2018 at 12:45 am UTC
These prices reminds me the crisis of the Hard disks...
Remember when, few years ago, the prices of the HDDs increased A LOT due to a flooding in some islands and never went down?
Natedawg 21 August 2018 at 1:02 am UTC
I think I'd get one if there were some compelling real time ray-traced games, but I don't think those will become too common until a card like this is about as low end as what a 700 series card is today. I could see getting one when the 2050 or 2060 come out.
ElectricPrism 21 August 2018 at 1:24 am UTC
Just like Apple products can suck ass -- more expensive doesn't always mean better.

On LINUX -- that thing that we use, the AMD story is much better than other OS'es.

My reply to their nonsense?

OPEN SOURCE DRIVER OR GTFO.
TheRiddick 21 August 2018 at 3:33 am UTC
Still gotta slap the watercooling kit on my 1080ti mini card. I won't be able to afford a 2080TI until probably well into next year so that's ok. MAYBE AMD will figure something out by then if we're lucky? they just don't seem to be all that interesting in consumer GPU's anymore!

Anyway isn't the price increases also due to TRADE WARS related nonsense? like a %25 price increase on parts from China that is somehow going to cause prices to increase for the whole world because well the consumer regardless of where they are must pay for that BS like always right?!

ElectricPrism OPEN SOURCE DRIVER OR GTFO.

Vega is doing quite bad vs NVIDIA cards, around 20% slower in many cases, go read over at Phoronix about the Vega64. Open source drivers are cool and all but we are not seeing performance on par with how AMD runs under windows vs NVIDIA cards.


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Perkeleen_Vittupää 21 August 2018 at 3:47 am UTC
Boycott Nvidia now!
TheRiddick 21 August 2018 at 3:50 am UTC
Perkeleen_VittupääBoycott Nvidia now!

Yeah except there are no other real options, at least when you go past 1060GTX performance level!!!!!

When there is no alternatives then boycotts are VERY hard to do, your asking people to accept a more expensive and MUCH slower option (Vega)!!!!
Shmerl 21 August 2018 at 4:13 am UTC
TheRiddickVega is doing quite bad vs NVIDIA cards, around 20% slower in many cases, go read over at Phoronix about the Vega64.

Not sure what you were reading, Vega is beating Nvidia in many tests. That is Veta 56 vs GTX 1070 and Vega 64 vs GTX 1080. That is actually better than on Windows.

To match these new cards AMD will obviously need to produce something new as well.


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dubigrasu 21 August 2018 at 4:18 am UTC
I was waiting for the these cards to hit the market, not because I intend to buy one (way too expensive) but because it means I will be finally be able to get a GTX 1080ti, which will serve me for another few good years. My last Nvidia card was a GTX 780ti, which is still a very good card (although a bit power hungry).

Prices for 1080ti already dropped significantly (at least on Ebay), and is a hell of a good card to have, with no current rivals.
I am also somewhat tempted to wait and see AMD's counter-offer, but who knows how long will that take.
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