Nvidia announces new raytracing-focused RTX 2080, 2080 Ti graphics cards

Nvidia announces new raytracing-focused RTX 2080, 2080 Ti graphics cards

"Turing is NVIDIA's most important innovation in computer graphics in more than a decade", said Justin Walker, director of GeForce desktop at NVIDIA, in the release.

The new line hits in September with the GeForce RTX 2080 listed at $800 and the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti listed at $1,200, both for a Sept. 20 release.

Nvidia has also recruited publishers of some of the biggest upcoming games of 2018, as evidenced by a few tweets using the company's #BeForTheGame hashtag. This includes the GeForce RTX 2070 priced at $599 (USD), GeForce RTX 2080 for $799 and the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti for $1,199. This announcement happened during the companies #BeForTheGame presentation at Gamescom 2018 where CEO Jensen Huang took to the stage to detail and reveal the new GPU and architecture that is powering the GeForce RTX 20 series.

Turing is NVIDIA's brand new, eight-generation architecture that succeeds Pascal. Prices and specs didn't appear in this initial leak, but the page does include hard confirmation that the cards will ship with a bump to Nvidia's Turing chip architecture.

With the help of Nvidia's real-time ray tracing tech, DICE is able to reflect explosions, fire, and the surrounding environment dynamically, emulating the surfaces of water, glass, and cars while taking into account the angle at which the player is viewing them.

Nvidia's GeForce RTX cards are officially out of the ray-traced bag, and every card maker seems eager to join in.

The most powerful of the two cards arriving next month, the RTX 2080 Ti, will start at $999. For reference, the RTX 2070 is said to outperform a Titan Xp, although precisely how this is measured wasn't made clear and should absolutely be treated with caution given the metric fiddling going on. Unfortunately, and since NVIDIA has not provided any performance figures in current-gen games that do not use ray tracing, we don't know how much faster the RTX2080Ti will be compared to the GTX1080Ti.

If we had to guess, we'd say that the RTX 2080 will probably be the card most serious PC gamers opt for. You can also pre-order the special "Founders Edition" of each card on Nvidia's site.