If by any chance you have been a tech enthusiast or a hardcore gamer, you probably know what GPU is and what it does. If not, we are here to help you out. Being a tech enthusiast or a hardcore gamer, you know it is very difficult to manage without a high-end GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) which generally comes as graphics card. It is all because the output the human eyes want to see is just limitless. Which in case increases the specs requirement for the software to provide. You just cannot slam in the quality you want from a system and not have something that can actually process that for you. Here comes the role of GPU. Previously, the computing system had little to no GPU drives and memory provided along with them. But as the requirement increased, so did the availability of such drives.
A Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) is a specialized electronic circuit designed to rapidly manipulate and accelerate the creation of images in frame buffer intended for output to a display device. So basically, it a device that shares the load of CPU in image creation to provide you much faster and elegant results without stressing the CPU alone.
Having come across GPU, you shouldn’t have missed the name “NVIDIA”, one of the leading companies in Graphic Cards manufacturer and a competitor to other Graphic Card manufacturer “AMD”. Nvidia is an American Technology Company specializing in making GPUs for the gaming and professional markets as well as SoCs for mobile computing and automotive market. The Nvidia GPU lineup is named “Nvidia GeForce”. Since 2014, it has shifted to four market in particular- gaming, professional, visualization, data centers, and auto.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX GPUs
The NVIDIA RTX platform fuses ray tracing, deep learning and rasterization to fundamentally transform the creative process for the content creators and developers through the NVIDIA Turing GPU architecture and support for industry leading tools and APIs. Application which are built on the RTX platform has the ability to bring the power of real-time photorealistic rendering and AI-enhanced graphics, video and image processing.
Ray tracing which has been used as non-real-time rendering, it provides some cool features related to the lighting by simulating the physical behavior of light. It makes the viewing experience realistic. RTX-enabled GPU provides dedicated ray tracing acceleration to provide real-time raytracing in games and other graphics applications.
As a comparison, we can say that everything that an RTX GPUs include is there to help with the better processing of the graphics in real-time, that makes the viewing experience mesmerizing and natural as we would see from the ease of naked eyes. Experience the view as we have been watching it through a window rather than through a monitor. All the ray tracing, AI, rasterization etc. feature work in unison to provide you the ultimate viewing experience on RTX GPUs.
GeForce RTX Gaming Graphics Cards for Gaming Experience
NVIDIA GeForce RTX delivers the ultimate gaming experiences. Powered by the new NVIDIA Turing GPU architecture, and the revolutionary RTX platform, RTX graphics cards bring together the ray tracing, AI and programmable shading which brings out the whole new level of gaming experiences.
NVIDIA has been focusing on the gaming experience of the users as their major concern and aim for the company. It has many GPUs that provide ultimate gaming performance yet development is necessity of time and users tend to ask for more even they have had their best. Its some of the GPUs on the lineup for gaming are:
- GeForce GTX 1080 Ti – based on NVIDIA Pascal Architecture with 11GB GDDR5X memory and 11Gbps speed
- GeForce GTX 1080 – based on NVIDIA Pascal Architecture with 8GB GDDR5X memory and 10Gbps speed
- GeForce GTX 1070 and 1070 Ti – based on NVIDIA Pascal Architecture with 8GB GDDR5 memory and 8Gbps speed and difference in cores as 2432 and 1920 resp.
Also, the NVIDIA GTX gaming lineup is huge and they have been developing the capabilities of their GPUs to a whole different level, all being better than before. But recently though, they have announced next gaming lineup as GeForce RTX GPUs. This GPU lineup is going to change the gaming experience with the compatible devices and games that could use the graphics card to its full potential. The outcome is going to be mind-blowing.
Currently, the RTX lineup has 3 Graphics Cards on the verge of release. They are as follows:
- GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
- GeForce RTX 2080
- GeForce RTX 2070
These three are the newest and most advanced graphics cards with the NVIDIA Turing architecture that is said to be advanced in so many ways to the Pascal architecture. There is definitely going to be additions to the lineup upon frequent development and research works. NVIDIA RTX already has begin being used by few game makers releasing in few months’ time that utilizes the amazing new features of the NVIDIA next-gen graphics cards.
GeForce RTX Specs
Featured with next-gen NVIDIA Turing architecture and numerous hours of R & D, we expect to see some spectacular advancement on the specs side of these three new graphics cards. As said earlier, all 3 graphics cards have been built on NVIDIA Turing architecture. All of them have RT cores to allow the hardware acceleration of light rays in real-time that has never been done before. The possibilities include deferred shading, real-time transparency and translucency effects with objects in motion. The color production and the accuracy will be to point.
The official specs for these GPUs are given below.
|Names||RTX 2070||RTX 2080||RTX 2080 Ti|
|GPU Architecture||Turing (TU104)||Turing (TU104)||Turing (TU102)|
|Process||12nm NFF||12nm NFF||12nm NFF|
|GigaRays||6 /s||8 /s||10 /s|
|Cache||4 MB L2||4 MB L2||6 MB L2|
|Base clock||1410 MHz||1515 MHz||1350 MHz|
|Boost clock||1620 MHz
1710 MHz OC
1800 MHz OC
1635 MHz OC
|Compute||7.5 TFLOPs||10.1 TFLOPs||13.4 TFLOPs|
|Memory||8 GB GDDR6||8 GB GDDR6||11 GB GDDR6|
|Memory speed||14.00 Gbps||14.00 Gbps||14.00 Gbps|
|Memory bandwidth||448 GB/s||448 GB/s||616 GB/s|
|Power connectors||8 pins||8+8 pins||8+8 pins|
These are the detailed specification to the all-new RTX graphic card range of NVIDIA. With the advancement form the previous generation graphic card, the performance is sid to have increased drastically.
GeForce RTX 2000 series features
- NVIDIA Turing Architecture
With the leap from Pascal to Turing Architecture, the new cards give up to 6X the performance of previous-generation Pascal based graphics cards.
It has real-time raytracing enabled in games and enhanced by powerful AI technology to uplift the user experience.
- Game Ready Drivers
You are up and running the game even with the extensive settings in no time. The drivers are game ready. It provides you with the highest level of performance, and smoothest experience possible from the moment you start playing the game. No matter what game you are playing, it will always be adopted for the highest possible outcomes whenever you start to play. You won’t be disappointed with what you get as an output.
- NVIDIA Shadow play
Not only it optimizes with the games you play, but you can record and share high-quality gameplay videos, screenshots and livestreams with your friends. It is pretty handy-dandy and probably won’t let you do the hard-work instead have everything prepared for you.
- NVIDIA Ansel
Now you can turn your screenshots into an art. It provides you with powerful in-game photo mode that captures 360, HDR and super-resolution photos. Taking screenshots had never been so excited before.
- Virtual Reality
By combining advanced VR rendering, real-time ray tracing and AI, GeForce RTX is fixed to take the VR experience to a whole new level. Already VR is in its peak with its application and with newest technology applied, it is sure to blow the roofs off your head.
- NVIDIA G-sync and HDR
You can now get smooth, tear-free gameplay at the refresh rates up to 240 Hz that is crazy on its own and plus the functionality of HDR and god knows what more. For this little equipment to perform on full throttle, gaming peripherals are required to be on top class and for enthusiast gamers, this is the ultimate go-to equipment.
- DirectX 12
The support of DirectX 12 ensures the power for new visual effects and rendering techniques for more lifelike gaming experiences. Once in the game, you would like to get emerged into the likes and feels of the game.
The world has been moving forward in the resolution section with the addition of more and more “K” to the resolution. This graphic card family steps up the gaming experience with 4K resolution with every little detail covered.
Ports, Noise, and Cooling
With the changes made to the hardware inside the RTX 20 series, the exterior of the cards has received pretty sweet vamp too. After the use of single fans for decades now, with the new series, a second fan has been integrated to the system. Because of the high-power requirement of the cards, it was somewhat necessary thing to do. Through the throttling of the card, the temperature constraints have to be kept in mind.
Though there is addition of second fan for cooling purpose, the Graphic card sits much quitter than the previous version as assured by Huang. Even when fully clocked, the graphic card is said to maintain its temperature and noise at comfortable level. Better cooling solution is something that drives the user towards the third-party alternatives and to have something already included is an awesome thing to have.
The back-end of the card looks pretty neat with few port options. Alongside typical display port 1.4 and HDMI 2.0b connectors, there is also a VirtualLink, a USB-C shaped port that is designed to provide power and video to virtual reality headsets. Although none of the major ones are present with the support of the feature, but its always good thing to have something that might cut down on cables and their sizes for VR in any way near future.
NVIDIA RTX Release Dates and How To Order One?
The Founder’s Edition of the RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti and all other third-party models will be released on September 20th. The pre-orders are active right now and you can go check them out at the official website of NVIDIA here https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/geforce/20-series/.
The RTX 2070, meanwhile, will only be released on October the dates being unknown to the general public. You can pre-order cards from the official website but the “2070” stating “notify me” meaning you can have a notification set up whenever the card is ready for pre-order or sale.
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NVIDIA Turing RTX 2000 Series Prices
The NVIDIA RTX 2000 series graphics card comes in two version and their prices vary accordingly. The prices for the graphics cards are listed as below.
NVIDIA RTX 2070 – $499 US
NVIDIA RTX 2080 – $699 US
NVIDIA RTX 2080 Ti – $999 US
The prices for the Founder’s Edition of these cards are listed on the official website of NVIDIA as follows.
NVIDIA RTX 2070 Founder’s Edition – $599 US
NVIDIA RTX 2080 Founder’s Edition – $799 US
NVIDIA RTX 2080 Ti Founder’s Edition – $1,199 US
Development is the necessity for the evolution. We tend to keep marching forward towards the development exploring new areas, trying to achieve new things. We never settle with single thing, we just want to excel forward.
The graphics card too is something that needs frequent tweaks. The better the quality we get, the more we ask for. NVIDIA RTX 2000 series too is no different. Given the price point for the new cards, the specs are great to watch for. We get what we pay for. For the gamers perspective, it will a thing to watch what quality it puts forward for the existing peripheral devices and the new devices support. For me, it’s a win-win condition, the price is to the par and the specs are great as well. We just have to watch for what the outcomes are from the hypes put forward by the company.