Nvidia unveils RTX 2000 series graphics cards

Isaac Cain
August 23, 2018

The new GPUs were unveiled at a special NVIDIA two-day event called the "GeForce Gaming Celebration" which kicked off on August 20 at the Palladium in Cologne, Germany ahead of Gamescom 2018. There's also no word yet on the availability of the GeForce RTX 2070. The card is said to slightly outperform NVIDIA's current GeForce GTX 1080 by roughly 8%, but not quite match the GTX 1080 Ti.

The new lineup of video cards includes the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, 2080, and 2070.

Shares of Nvidia rose about 3% following the announcements. The RX 2080 Ti can process 10 GigaRays a second and 78T RTX operations, while the other cards in the family are progressively slower.

The non-Founders Edition versions of the cards, which aren't available through the Nvidia website, start from $US499 internationally.

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The 2070 doesn't have a pre-order date at the moment sadly. It was a lead-up to talk about the technologies powering the company's new series of GPUs, which were leaked by AIB partners and retailers beforehand. Nvidia's new chips, which are based on a recently updated architecture known as Turing, speed things up by rendering part of an image using this existing approach, and then tapping artificial intelligence to predict and fill in the remaining light effects. This makes Nvidia's Pascal line look affordable again, especially when a GTX 1080Ti is looking like a cheaper option than RTX's lowest offering. As it stands, the GeForce RTX 2070 and GeForce RTX 2080 cost $100 more than Nvidia's advertised reference price points, and the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is $200 more. Last week, Nvidia's largest and oldest business of selling graphical processing units, or GPUs, for video game players beat analyst estimates, bringing in $1.8 billion compared with estimates of $1.75 billion.

The cards are based on the brand new RTX platform which allows up to 6x the performance of the previous generation while making use of the new Ray Tracing technology that has had the industry buzzing since Nvidia demonstrated it several months ago.

NVIDIA computer graphic cards are shown for sale at a retail store in San Marcos, California, U.S. August 14, 2018.

Electronic Arts (EA) and Square Enix are among the developers confirmed as supporting the new processor units, while games such as Shadow Of The Tomb Raider and Battlefield V will also support the technology. While most would expect a 2080 Ti to achieve at least a steady 60 FPS at 4K resolution, in this demo it doesn't even approach those sort of steady frames at 1080P.

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