Nvidia has kicked off Gamescom 2018 with an announcement of the new GeForce RTX 2080 graphics card. Nvidia has also combined the various performance metrics of Turing to come up with a new performance metric to reflect the shift in processing methods here, arriving at a figure of 78T RTX-OPS (tera ray tracing operations per second). NVIDIA has broken from its "GTX" naming scheme, with the "R" in RTX standing for "ray-tracing". Curiously, Nvidia's website lists higher prices than those announced during the Gamescom event, though it's unclear if that's a simple mistake. The GeForce RTX 2070 Founders Edition will be priced at $599 USD, followed by the RTX 2080 Founders Edition at $799 USD, and the RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition retailing for $1,199 USD.
The new lineup of video cards includes the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, 2080, and 2070.
Alienware is wasting no time with Nvidia's hot new RTX GPUs.
Aside from games, Nvidia says its new RTX platform has major impacts on other things, including autonomous driving, medicine and machine learning.
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The RTX 2080 / 2080 Ti logo is seen on the side and has LEDs to glow when the card is operational. Upcoming games with ray tracing include Battlefield V, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Metro Exodus, Control, Assetto Corsa Competizione and more. Nvidia claims that each card can deliver up to six times better performance than previous comparable previous generation cards. However, don't expect those numbers to increase realism unless your favorite game or graphics app is designed for RTX. The RTX 2070 card comes with the same memory configuration at the RTX 2080, only sporting a handful fewer CUDA cores; 2,304 to be exact. Ray tracing works similarly, where rays of light hit objects and then bounce off to the camera, sometimes directly, sometimes after hitting other objects in the vicinity, just like in real life. These cards have the same port cluster as the Gaming X Trio series cards, but they don't have the beefed-up power delivery.
NVIDIA has launched Founders Edition versions of each of these three cards.
You might also notice that the card is fully enveloped by a lovely shroud, and even the NVLINK connector is protected by a matching removable cover, giving GeForce RTX GPUs a clean appearance.