Just days before Gamescom 2018 opened its doors last month, NVIDIA took the opportunity to reveal its latest gaming-oriented graphics card series, the GeForce RTX 20 series. It marked the arrival of NVIDIA Turing GPU into the gaming space with not only performance upgrade but also new features that promised to enable equally new graphics technologies in games such as real-time ray tracing and NVIDIA DLSS.
Available in the three different variants as a start, the GeForce RTX 2080 is flanked by the king of the hill GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and the slightly lower-end model GeForce RTX 2070. Make no mistake though, all three models are made for the high-end market.
Equipped with Turing TU104 GPU, the GeForce RTX 2080 comes standard with 46 streaming multiprocessors which carry a total of 2944 CUDA Cores. Being a Turing GPU, the card also contained 368 Tensor Cores for Deep Learning-related operations alongside 46 RT Cores for ray-tracing.
Since this is a Founders Edition card, it has a slightly higher boost clock speed at 1800MHz although its base clock speed remains standard at 1515MHz. The card’s 8GB GDDR6 256-bit memory also runs at a standard speed of 14Gbps with an effective speed of 7GHz and has a TDP rating of 225W.
So, what all those numbers supposed to mean in terms of gaming? Well, we run several initial tests to provide you with a glimpse of the 4K gaming experience on GeForce RTX 2080.
ASUS ROG Maximus X Hero motherboard and ASUS ROG PG27A 4K Gaming Monitor are courtesy of ASUS Malaysia. G.SKILL Trident Z RGB DDR4 memory modules are courtesy of G.SKILL. WD Blue 3D NAND Solid State Drive is courtesy of Western Digital Malaysia. Cooler Master Hyper H411R CPU cooler and Cooler Master MasterWatt 750W power supply are courtesy of Cooler Master Malaysia.
Let’s start with the popular graphics benchmark suite, 3DMark by UL. Within the suite, several its tests are designed for 4K resolution including Time Spy Extreme and Fire Strike Ultra. We also added tested the GeForce RTX 2080 with the rest of Time Spy and Fire Strike benchmarks that are made for Full HD and 1440p resolution.
Here are the results:
We also tested the card with Shadow of the Tomb Raider which was just released a few days ago. However, do note that we are not running any ray tracing and NVIDIA DLSS feature on the game due to the fact that they require RTX patch which is not yet available at the moment.
Nevertheless, here are the results of our test using DirectX 12 and highest graphics preset with all four anti-aliasing options that are available in the game:
There you have it, a quick look at the potential firepower that is contained within the new GeForce RTX 2080. These numbers are just tip of the iceberg though as we will be taking a deeper look at the card through our full review coming your way very soon together with a head-to-head comparison against its predecessor, the GeForce GTX 1080.
As opposed to GeForce RTX 2080 Ti which has been delayed to next week, the GeForce RTX 2080 will be rolled out to consumers starting from tomorrow onwards. While this Founders Edition card might not be officially available in Malaysia, the GeForce RTX 2080 custom boards will be readily available in our market from plenty of manufacturers out there including ASUS, GIGABYTE, MSI, and ZOTAC as you can see from the NVIDIA GeForce Malaysia official store’s pre-order list.
However, you do have to check with your favorite PC hardware retailers for the exact in-store availability for each GeForce RTX 2080 and GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics card that you are planning to purchase. Meanwhile, don’t forget to check out our first look at the flagship GeForce RTX 2080 Ti’s performance right here.