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Nvidia reveals $800 GeForce RTX 2080 at Gamescom 2018

21 August 2018

We saw several of these demos at Nvidia's RTX Series launch event, and even got to play and capture a couple of the games in question with the settings cranked up and the new technology on show.

Nvidia's next-generation gaming graphics cards, the RTX 20 series, will launch on September 20 with a pair of products that'll start at $699. In short, ray tracing technology is capable of more realistic global illumination and accurate projections of ambient light, and affords the ability to efficiently calculate the reflections and light sources that exist outside of the screen space. Do note that these pricings are meant for NVIDIA's own Founders Edition cards and naturally, pricing for custom cards from manufacturers will be different from one model to another.

Nvidia claims Turing can accelerate real-time ray tracing up to 25 times faster than the older Pascal architecture, so expect better-looking environments in your games. HP is also hitting the ground running with its new OMEN Obelisk, a powerhouse rig that combines the new NVIDIA cards with speedy memory from HyperX. You can see 100% more detail thanks to seeing the flame in the reflection of the water, or in the reflections of windows on the buildings on the street.

The RTX 2070 will be available in October, and start at $499 USD, with the RTX 2080 at $699 USD, and the RTX 2080 Ti listed for $999 USD. NVIDIA has broken from its "GTX" naming scheme, with the "R" in RTX standing for "ray-tracing".

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The products launching today include the RTX 2070, 2080 and 2080 Ti. The tech creates cinematic renderings for video games.

UK Pricing is now an unknown, but we'll report back on much more about these cards as we get it. 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's new Founders Edition design features two fans rather than the company's previous blower-style cooler.

Nvida even says to more accurately judge the performance of new RTX cards, it had to create a new unit of measure called RTX OPS, which includes a combination of standard shader performance, floating point integer performance, ray tracing performance and AI performance.

Nvidia reveals $800 GeForce RTX 2080 at Gamescom 2018