Nvidia has been teasing and teasing, but today is finally when the company announces their next line of consumer, gaming-focused GPUs. The Turing Architecture was revealed a few weeks ago when Nvidia launched their latest Quadro card, which they market with its Real-Time Ray-Tracing capabilities. Prefixed with the RTX tag, this was the first product that Nvidia announced for their new venture, after making a big bid on real-time ray-tracing earlier this year. But that’s a $10 000 card, and not even close to something you’d want in your desktop for gaming. At Gamescom today, supposedly two cards will seek to change that.
Thanks to a deluge of leaks we already know what Nvidia is planning to reveal: both the RTX 2080 and RTX 2080Ti. They’re the two new flagship cards that Nvidia is going to offer perhaps as early as today, with the promise of some stunning ray-tracing tech demoes during the briefing itself. Developers behind games such as Shadow of the Tomb Raider are rumoured to appear, and show off just what these incredibly powerful cards can do. So no real surprises, but there’s still a lot of information that isn’t quite yet locked down well enough to take it as fact.
But it’s just hours until we know everything for sure, and you can catch Nvidia’s full Gamescom Briefing below (the stream will start at 18:00 local time).
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The naming change is a big talking point, considering Nvidia has mostly stuck to an interactive convention with each new architecture. Nvidia clearly wants consumers to know that their next focus is ray-tracing, so much so that the cards possibly capable of dealing with the massive performance overhead will be able to be identifiable on the box itself. You can expect hardware partners to put out their own versions of both these cards (many of which have been leaked), but we’ll see if Nvidia choose to go ahead again with its first-party Founder’s Edition line.
There’s a lot to be excited about if you’re really into PC hardware like I am. It’s been a long time in the shadow of the Pascal line, and I’m ready to set into some new sunlight.
Last Updated: August 20, 2018
Ghost In The Rift
August 20, 2018 at 16:54
I got a AMD RX 480, have been keen to replace it but in the same budget range, don’t think ill be looking at Nvidia as prices will be way out of my reach, even on the 2060 level…
Ghost In The Rift
August 21, 2018 at 07:13
Not a bad presentation but very confusing for me, sure RTX does the job but that premium price for lightning effects and softer shadows!? if i had more info to go on sure easy decision to make as on paper this sounds to good to be true but we only got RTX info, nothing else, will wait for reviews to drop and any hints AMD may drop for Navi, though rumors suggest Navi will be a budget range card, if Navi does not drop by the end of the year ill opt for a 2070, if any are still available close to MSRP, which is HIGHLY UNLIKELY !!!
August 21, 2018 at 09:27
Not excited. Sorry. Even if you could get one of these cards, everything else in your rig would have to be up to parto taken advantage of the card’s power. So if you have R50,000 or more to burn for the card and top of the range hardware, you are a lucky son-(or daughter)-of-a-gun!