NVIDIA Debuts $1,200 GeForce RTX GPUs Made for Gamers

Pauline Obrien
August 21, 2018

All of this is packed beneath an elegant looking cooler which doesn't use the same design pattern as the GeForce 10 series founders edition cards. That may be overstating things a bit - especially given that Nvidia's own USA website jumped the gun by posting photos, specs and pricing details before the official announcement. But let's not get distracted.

The new GPUs, based on an architecture codenamed Turing, merge conventional graphics rasterisation, real-time ray tracing, AI, and compute power for the first time.

The Predator Orion 5000 gaming desktops feature up to the latest NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 GPU, and up to 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7+ 8700K processors.

We wrote about Ray Tracing (alongside some other new high-end Nvidia technology) back at GDC 2018.

The 2070 accelerates real-time ray tracing up to 6 GigaRays per second - five times that of the Titan X, Huang noted.

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In terms of the lightning, the new RTX 2080 cards can provide up to 10 Giga Rays of lighting for ray tracing.

Here's the RTX 2070 Founders Edition and reference card specs. That's something in the region of an eight-fold improvement.

Playing the new Rotterdam map in Battlefield 5, however, was more convincing of how good real-time ray tracing can make a game look. Gamers will be able to play the most recent and upcoming titles in 4K with HDR at frame rates exceeding 60fps, according to Huang. For a lifetime PC gaming nerd that's super-exciting; as Jen-Hsun's said, it's always been the holy grail of PC graphics.

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Update: The site also said there was stock of the RTX 2080 Ti and 2080 available, although the links have since been taken down. Even the tip of the gun and the metal around the gun reflects the ideal light from the fire and other light in the image.

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In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, meanwhile, the technology is being used for Shadows. But having that even work requires a ridiculous amount of computational power, and films aren't even running in real-time.

That's the biggest difference between Nvidia's new RTX graphics cards, announced today, and the GTX line that came before it.

Of course, for users the main question is when the cards themselves will be available. For now, you can preorder some of the models above.

These new cards are expensive, but they're actually nowhere near as expensive as we'd anticipated and feared going into the event, with the cheapest option clocking in at just $499.

At $599, the Founders Edition of the GeForce RTX 2070 is a little more affordable, though Nvidia hasn't said when it'll release the card. These cards have the same port cluster as the Gaming X Trio series cards, but they don't have the beefed-up power delivery.

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