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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20 series is now official: Here's everything you need to know

NVIDIA RTX 2080 Ti
NVIDIA RTX 2080 Ti (Image credit: Windows Central)

After months of rumors and speculation, NVIDIA's GeForce 20 series is now official. The company announced the latest GPUs ahead of Gamescom, and is eschewing the GTX moniker in favor of RTX to highlight the new real-time ray tracing features. The Turing-based RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti come with dedicated cores that provide a significant boost in real-time rendering and image processing — six times over the previous generation — and NVIDIA is highlighting those capabilities by switching to RTX branding.

Turing is the most advanced GPU NVIDIA has created to date, with its development taking over ten years. NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang stated that the platform is the company's most important breakthrough since the launch of CUDA back in 2006. Or as he put it, RTX makes "things that look like things look like things."

GeForce RTX 2080/RTX 2080 Ti: Specs

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti
CategoryNVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
ArchitectureTuringTuring
GPUTU104-400TU102-300
CUDA Cores29444352
Core Clock15151350
Boost Clock1800 (OC)1635 (OC)
Maximum Resolution7680x43207680x4320
Memory8GB11GB
Memory Bus256-bit352-bit
Memory Bandwidth448GB/s616GB/s
Memory StandardGDDR6GDDR6
TDP225W260W
Input1 x 6-Pin, 1 x 8-Pin2 x 8-Pin
ConnectorsDisplayPort 1.4
HDMI 2.0b, USB-C
DisplayPort 1.4
HDMI 2.0b, USB-C

GeForce RTX 20 series: Pricing and availability

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20 series

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20 series

The Founders Edition RTX 20 cards are designed for "crazy amounts of overclocking," and NVIDIA is also introducing a new fan design that makes these cards run significantly quieter than GTX 10 series cards.

The RTX 2070 forms the entry point into the RTX series, with the card set to retail for $599. The RTX 2080 will be available for $799, and the high-end RTX 2080 Ti will go on sale for an eye-watering $1,199. That's for the Founders Edition cards; and AIB partner cards will be selling for as low as $499. Third-party RTX 2080 will retail from $699, and the RTX 2080 Ti will hit shelves from $999.

The Founders Edition RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti are up for pre-order right now, with deliveries set to commence from September 20. The RTX 2070 is listed as coming soon, and we should know more in the coming weeks. For now, have a glance at our roundup of the best graphics card picks.

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8 Comments
  • Amazing specs, those prices aren't *unreasonable*. Very expensive, yes but not when you consider the specs. The 2070 actually isn't a bad GPU and costs the same (or less) than I paid for my 1060
  • It also needs to be considered that its been a 2 year wait, so much better specs then current gen should be a matter of fact. Its been a really really long time since the gtx 1080.
  • Two years is a lifetime in PC tech!
  • Exactly my point ;)
  • Livestream showed different price, ranging from $499 to $999. Still expensive, just not as expensive.
  • Nvidia basically found an excuse to raise the price of the xx70 series by 25%, xx80 by 16% and xx80TI by a whopping 30%!
    That's what you get when there is no competition.
    And judging by the specs, the 2080 doesn't stand a chance against the old 1080TI. Sure it has RTX, but you'll probably need the 2080TI to run that at a decent framerate.
    Looks like I'm skipping this series and getting me a 1080Ti instead.
  • If you call game-changing lighting effects an excuse then sure. The conversation isn't about price, it isn't about resolution and frame rate for once. It's about the RTX platform. The Turing processor is a true generational leap over the current crop.
  • Impressive! How long till crypto miners ruin this for the rest of us by making prices skyrocket?