With the high demands for graphics, cards that support 4K content, GPU manufacturers are constantly releasing improved products to meet these demands. The most recent GPU released in the market is NVidia GeForce RTX 2080. Though it is extremely expensive, the RTX 2080 proves to be a reliable GPU for 4K gaming, video editing and movie streaming. Discussed below are other features that make the RTX 1080 one of the world’s most powerful graphics cards.

Overview

With the NVidia GeForce RTX 2080, you can now play 4K games at 60fps on a single graphics card. The card boasts of AI-driven and ray tracing Tensor cores, which are part of the new advances in computer graphics. Though its price is incredibly high, RTX 1080 beats other video cards sold in the market today.

NVidia recently demonstrated how the neural network in the video card could automatically add detail and colorize images when creating high-resolution images. The video card also comes with several new ports including the NV Link, which replaces the high-bandwidth connector used in NVidia’s previous video cards. The NV Link promises to deliver up to 50 times transfer bandwidth when compared to the previous technologies.

Specifications

• Ports: one USB-C, one HDMI 2.0 and three DisplayPort 1.4
• 2 x 8-pin power connectors
• Dual-slot form factor
• 14Gbps memory speed
• Video memory of 11GB GDDR6
• Boost clock of 1,635MHz (OC)
• Base clock of 1,350MHz
• 4,352 CUDA cores

Availability and Price

NVidia announced that it would release the RTX 2080 it and RTX 2080 on 20 September 2018. You can view more details about the two graphics cards from NVidia’s website. The company also looks forward to launch the RTX 2080 in October. The three graphics cards with feature the new Turing architecture, which has more cores when compared to its predecessor (the Pascal architecture).

It will cost you $1,199 (AU$1,899 and £1,099) to get the Founders Edition of the NVidia GeForce RTX 2080. The video card is more expensive than its predecessor (NVidia GTX 1080 Ti), which had a retail price of $699 (AU$1,129 and £669). NVidia announced that the GPU will retail with a starting price of $999, which is about AU$1,390 and £1,049.

Design and Cooling Mechanisms

The entire RTX series features a completely new dual-fan cooling system. Traditional NVidia GPUs had a blower-style cooler that was not quite effective at cooling the card. The new dual-fan system can siphon cool air and scatter it on an open heatsink with a goal of exhausting heat on the card in different directions.

The dual-fan system has a bigger cooling capacity that allows it to move more air. The RTX 1080 Ti rocks a full-length vapor chamber for covering it in entirety. It seems to be the perfect solution for delivering quiet and ultra-cool performance that NVidia promised.

Performance

NVidia’s GeForce Gaming Celebration, which took place at Gamescom this year, allowed gamers to test the RTX 2080. The graphics card can allow you to play PC games at a 4K resolution in excess of 6o frames per second. You can even play a game such as Shadow of the Tomb Raider at 50-57 fps, which is an incredible speed rate for a game running on a single graphics card. With the video card turned on, you can also play Metro: Exodus and Battlefield V on 4K and Ultra settings at over 100fps.

The Turing architecture included in the RTX 2080 promises to deliver more cores and more performance per core. Unlike its predecessor (the Pascal architecture), it will feature significant updates and new technologies for allowing deep learning Tensor cores and enabling real-time ray tracing. NVidia equipped the video card with 14GB GDDR6 that aims at improving its bandwidth.

The previous Pascal architecture boasted of improved tile rendering and compression technologies that lack in the new Turing architecture. Both architectures excel in bring the future of 4K gaming nearer to gamers. However, the Turing one stands out for its RT and deep learning cores.

Connectors

As the standards for display connectors are rapidly evolving, NVidia added several new options on its RTX series. One of the new additions in the series is Virtual Link, which is a USB Type-C connection that includes HBR3 video and power and USB 3.1 Gen2 data. Virtual Link can allow you to use one cable when powering a VR headset. Other connectors included in the RTX 2080 are HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.4.

Supported Games

You can rely on the ray tracing technology in the RTX 2080 to provide effects such as ambient occlusion, reflections, shadows and lighting when playing PC games. The supported PC games include Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Project HD, and MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries, JX3, Justice and Enlisted. Other supported games include Control, Battlefield V, Atomic Heart and Assetto Corsa Competizione.

Majority of these supported games will come out by the end of this year while others will come out in 2019. The post-launch patch of the Shadow of the Tomb Raider game will support the RTX 2080 effects. It is easier to get games that support new hardware features such as the RTX effects these days. All you need to do is to be on the lookout for new releases of PC games.

Pros and Cons

Pros
• USB-C connectivity
• Supports various 4k content
• Leads the ray tracing computer graphics technology

Cons
• Supports a small range of ray tracing games
• Expensive to purchase

Is the NVidia GeForce RTX 2080 worth Buying?

RTX 2080 targets those who truly believe in NVidia’s vision to disrupt the computer graphics market. The graphics card is also suitable for a PC gamer looking to play different games at incredibly high frame rates per second. Regardless of its price, the RTX 2080 is currently the most powerful graphics card in the global computer graphics market.

There are still a number of unanswered concerns regarding the power consumption of the RTX 2080. Getting the video card may be a great investment for a PC gamer or PC user. You can get the card if you are certain that it can meet your PC needs when it comes to handling 4K content.