The next generation of Nvidia have finally been announced and are now known going to be the GeForce RTX. These cards promise to deliver the ultimate in PC gaming along with a whole new GPU architecture.
After a 2-hour presentation that could have been reduced to a matter of minutes as far as everyone was really concerned. The GeForce RTX cards have been released and now use the brand new Nvidia Turing GPU architecture. After wild claims of things will look like things and allot of talk of shadow’s what really does that mean for the everyday consumer.
In reality not very much, the only cards that have been initially revealed are the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, GeForce RTX 2080 and the GeForce RTX 2070. Yes, you did read that write for the first time ever the 2080 Ti is now launching with the 2080. User’s would usually have to wait several month’s between the 80 and the 80 Ti series cards.
Although not very many details are known regarding the 2050 and the 2060 series of cards. It is expected that these will not have the prefix of the RTX but will be the standard GTX cards. This will mean that the added benefits of the RTX’s will not filter down to the smaller series of cards.
The most important thing when dealing with a new type of graphics cards is what games will support the latest features. The games displayed during the presentation was Battlefield V, Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Metro Exodus. Over time I am sure more games will implement the RTX benefit’s this will not be for a year, or two before it will become widespread. This is because games manufacturers will not want to cater to just the top tier card’s but want as many PC’s to be able to play the game’s as possible.
If you have a current high end GTX card it could even be beneficial if you skip this generation completely and wait while more game’s take up the RTX additional benefits. Although we could write a massive article on why the Turing architecture could potentially be the future it is beyond the scope of this article.
Currently I have found a couple of stores that you can pre-order the RTX 1080’s and prices start from around £750 and so you can expect the RTX 2070’s to cost around £550 when they are on release. I suppose the super deal will be grabbing yourself a deal on all those extra 1080’s and 1070’s cards still on the shelves with hundreds of pounds already being slashed off the high-end cards.
However, unless you are an early adopter of all new technology it might be more frugal to wait. Although during the press conference there was a graphic displayed that showed the RTX miles ahead the previous generation. This is only showing the new features of the new cards. These where benchmarks that were never even supposed to run on the GTX series.
Therefore, in real world the GTX to RTX might only be the usual 25% increase on the previous generation. This would give very little reason for a current GTX 1080, or 1080 Ti owner to upgrade to the latest card.
The more intelligent approach to these cards would be to wait and see what actual real world game performance increase’s a user will actually get before buying one of these new RTX cards.