It’s been a long time since we’ve had a decent graphics update. Has that day finally come?

Today, Nvidia has announced the RTX 2080 Ti. Like many, the first ‘spec’ we looked at was the price. The RTX 2080 Ti comes in at around an eye-watering $600-1000 USD depending which model you purchase.

This is quite a step up from previous graphics cards (ignoring the Titan V). So does the price stack up with this new card? Here’s the specs:

NVIDIA’s newest flagship graphics card is a revolution in gaming realism and performance. Its powerful NVIDIA Turing™ GPU architecture, breakthrough technologies, and 11 GB of next-gen, ultra-fast GDDR6 memory make it the world’s ultimate gaming GPU. GeForce® RTX graphics cards are powered by the Turing GPU architecture and the all-new RTX platform. This gives you up to 6× the performance of previous-generation graphics cards and brings the power of real-time ray tracing and AI to games. When it comes to next-gen gaming, it’s all about realism. GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is light years ahead of other cards, delivering truly unique real-time ray-tracing technologies for cutting-edge, hyper-realistic graphics.

  • Real-Time Ray Tracing
  • NVIDIA® GeForce ExperienceTM
  • 6x Performance of Previous Generations
  • NVIDIA® Ansel
  • NVIDIA® Highlights
  • NVIDIA® G-SYNCTM-Compatible
  • Game Ready Drivers
  • Microsoft® DirectX® 12 API, Vulkan API, OpenGL 4/5
  • DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0b
  • Designed for USB Type-C and virtual link
  • HDCP 2.2
  • NVIDIA® GPU BoostTM
  • VR Ready

If we compare the specs of the Nvidia GeForce 1080 Ti vs the Nvidia GeForce 2080 we get the following (noting that these specs are not final):

Core Speed: 1480MHz vs 1607Mhz
Boost Clock: 1582MHz vs 1800MHz
Memory: 8192MB vs 11264MB
Memory Speed: 1376MHz vs 1750MHz
Memory Bus: 256Bit vs 352Bit
Memory Type: GDDR5 vs GDDR6
Shaders: 2944 vs 3584
Power Consumption: 210w vs 220w

Note that the architecture of this card has changed from Pascal to Turing. This gives a big boost in performance.

Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang. “This new Turing processor is just a monster, it’s incredible.” Nvidia is now measuring its ray-tracing performance as a key target for these new cards. Huang showed off a number of demonstrations of existing cards and new rendering techniques with the RTX series.

Make of that what you will. We will need to see real-world benchmarks to see if this card is worth the upgrade. Like most of you, I’ve been sitting on my 1080 GTX since launch. The card still performs very well in most modern games.

Will you be upgrading this time around?