After waiting for a month since Nvidia launched the GeForce RTX 20 series, we were finally able to give you a performance review. As you all know now, we have a new flagship graphics card on the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti with prices ranging from $ 1,000 for partner cards and $ 1,200 for the Founders Edition edition, we are talking about Titan X money here.
Meanwhile the vanilla RTX 2080 landed at $ 700 for the partner model and $ 800 for the Founder Edition. Later next month we will also get RTX 2070 for $ 500 or $ 600 for FE cards. This means gamers are looking somewhere between $ 100 and $ 300 more for an equivalent model than the previous generation. In addition, the Founders Edition model brings a premium of $ 100 to $ 200 more, and only knows this will be the only model in stock from time to time.
However, it should be noted that the price of graphics cards dropped to regular levels. After a year of rising prices due to indirect mining demand, now the 1080 GTX is now being sold for less than $ 500 MSRP, reaching nearly $ 1,000 at one point in early 2018. Fortunately for gamers, madness is now over. . We will discuss the price and availability of the RTX 20 series with better detail towards the end of the review. For now, let's get specifications from the road and then jump to the benchmarks.
Based on Turing Nvidia's architecture, and as RTX shows in its name, Ray Tracing is now raging. Basically what we have here is a hybrid rendering type that combines ray tracing with traditional rasterization, so together with the new Tensor Cores we also get "RT cores."
Nvidia stated that the fastest GeForce RTX model can produce 10 billion rays per second, compared to uncorrected Pascal is a 25x increase in light tracking performance. However, today's games don't use light tracking because it is very slow on today's hardware, so it's hard to say exactly what the benefits of hybrid rendering will be. Utimately that will depend on how future games apply technology, which we will touch further at the end of the review.
The flagship RTX 2080 Ti packs 4352 CUDA cores, a 21% increase over 1080 Ti. This along with Tensor and RT cores has seen an increase in GPU print size by 60%, partly explaining why this section is very expensive. Although this new GPU is manufactured using the "FinFetNvidia" 12nm TSMC process, basically only 16nm with a larger reticle limit. Their wise performance is identical according to TSMC which explains clock speed.
By the way, 4352 cores are clocked at a base frequency of 1350 MHz with a boost clock of only 1545 MHz, which is comparable to 1080 Ti. I must note that the FE model overclockes to 1635 MHz. Then using 11GB 14 Gbps GDDR6 memory on a 352-bit memory bus, this card has a memory bandwidth of 616.0 GB / sec.
The GeForce RTX 2080 comes with 2944 CUDA cores, a clock clock speed of 1515 MHz and a boost clock of 1710 MHz, 1800 MHz for the FE model. It uses the same 8GB 14 Gbps GDDR6 memory but on a slimmer 256-bit wide bus for a bandwidth of 448.0 GB / s.
As mentioned earlier, the 2080 Ti packs 10 Giga Rays per second, this number has been reduced by 20% for the standard 2080 to 8 Giga Rays per second. Then the upcoming RTX 2070 next month will pack 6 Giga Rays per second, a 40% reduction from flagship. At this point we don't know what this means. Will 6 Giga Rays per second be useful? Only time will tell.
For testing we use a Core i7-8700K clock on 5GHz memory and 32GB Vengeance DDR4-3400. For AMD GPUs, I have used the Radeon Adrenalin Edition 18.9.1 driver and for the Nvidia the GeForce 399.24 driver, while the new GPU GeForce GTX 20 series will use the 411.51 driver version. In total we have a dozen games to go along with several other tests. So tomorrow, we will release a 35 mega game benchmark (now online!) ... Let's get the results.
Starting with the results of Battlefield 1 1440p we see that the RTX 2080 is capable of delivering GTX 1080 Ti performance like, initially I was worried that 2080 would be slower than 1080 Ti, placing it between 1080 and 1080 Ti. Fortunately, it's better than that and here we see it delivering 27% more performance when comparing average image frequency, 23% for frame time results.
Even so, we saw that the system resistance was quite heavy at 1440p so this result was a bit useless, even though they told us that if you are a big GTAV fan and only play at 1440p the RTX series will not provide extraordinary boost performance.
Again, this is a 4K resolution that helps separate RTX from GTX. Here the Ti 2080 is 37% faster than 1080 Ti, and that is a very good advantage. We also saw that 2080 is roughly the same as 1080 Ti, placing it far ahead of vanilla 1080, actually almost 50% faster, so the results are amazing here.