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Nvidia’s Latest Announced Project, the RTX 2080 GPU, has at on the horizon for savvy and committed tech nerds. The Newest GeForce product promise the moon!

I, myself being one, am excited to finally have clear details on the features, name, and expected product launch date for Nvidia’s new branch of architecture, Turing.

Nvidia GeForce Event at the Upcoming Gamerscom:


Nvidia, this coming Monday, is set to present at Gamerscom. For months, Nvidia’s been dancing with the details about its recently unveiled Turing GPU Architecture. Earlier today, during their Siggraph keynote, this new architecture took form before the eyes of viewers. This new architecture, along with three pro-oriented workstation GPUs, will join in its Quadro family. It’s expected – now that the architecture is revealed – Nvidia will also unveil and demonstrate the RTX 2080 GPU. So far, here’s what we know:

The Details of the RTX 2080 GPU:

Nvidia describes their new Turing architecure as:

‘the greatest leap since the invention of the CUDA GPU in 2006.’

If you’re unfamiliar with the CUDA GPU, this blew the door of the hinges in terms of graphic programming. So, to make such a statement is anything less than surprising. However, with recent revealings, this might hold a ‘kernel’ of truth. The Quadro RTx chips come with a unique proprietary feature, RT Cores, or Ray Tracing. This is a first-of-its-kind rendering method which traces the pattern of light interacting with objects in any given display. Ray tracing isn’t anything new. However, with recent implementation and support from Microsoft, this feature is added to DirectX.

Nvidia Turner Architecture Roadmap.

What makes this even more unique is the architectures ability to ‘real-time’ trace objects. Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang revealed the following:

‘Hybrid rendering will change the industry, opening up amazing possibilities that enhance our lives with more beautiful designs, richer entertainment and more interactive experiences … the arrival of real-time ray tracing is the Holy Grail of our industry.’

Further Details for Consideration:

The new Turing-based Quadro GPUs will feature Tensor Cores, which are AI-centric. It will also contain over 4,600 CUDA cores, which are estimated to deliver upwards of 16 trillion+ floating computation point operations every second. So, in theory, the RT cores can perform up to 25 times the tracing of Nvidia’s Pascal architecture. Quite a boost in performance.

The chip features GDDR6 memory to keep things running efficiently. Also, this card supports NVLink, bringing the card capacity to somewhere near 95-96GB. Insane!

Price Point and Release Date:

If you’re thinking of picking up one of these bad boys, be sure to bend low and pick up all the spare change you can find. Estimations place a base RTX 2080 at around the $700-$1000 dollar mark. The new Quatro RTX line starts at around $2,300 for a 16GB edition. Stepping up to the 24GB model will cost you a whopping $6,300! Double that memory, and you’re talking about giving a fiscal planner a stroke: $10,000 for this high-end bad boy.

The release dates are as follows:

  • The GeForce RTX 2080: August 30
  • The GeForce RTX 2070: September 27
  • And, The GeForce RTX 2060: October 25

Concluding Thoughts:

I would expect to see big changes coming to the world of GPUs in the next year. Nvidia is flying high, and I think their wings will withstand the heights to which they soar. This project has been in the crucible for some time. It’s exciting to get details on the project. Companies such as Siemens, Black Magic, Epic Games, Autodesk and Pixar are already signed up to receive this architecture. An exciting time for Nvidia and gamers alike!

What are your thoughts?! Will you shell out the $10k for this beast of a graphics card? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Editors Note: To further illustrate the RT performance of this chip, Unreal offers a unique video illustrating normal RT, and the RT of Turing Architecture. Enjoy!