Nvidia reveals $800 GeForce RTX 2080 at Gamescom 2018

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Nvidia announces new raytracing-focused RTX 2080, 2080 Ti graphics cards

Following a number of possible leaks and rumors the truth has finally been revealed today at Gamescom 2018 as NVIDIA took to the stage to announce their newest graphics processing unit (GPU), the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20 series. Both the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and GeForce RTX 2080 are getting Gaming X Trio versions.

As it turns out, for the RTX 2080-series cards, MSI is using a new Gaming X Trio nomenclature. Specifically, they are the: RTX 2070, RTX 2080, and RTX 2080 Ti.

The Founder's Edition cards will cost a little more than this, but these basic prices are a pretty decent starting point for a hugely powerful card that will clearly last you years. The GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is available for $1,199, the GeForce RTX 2080 for $799, and the GeForce RTX 2070 for $599. HP is also hitting the ground running with its new OMEN Obelisk, a powerhouse rig that combines the new NVIDIA cards with speedy memory from HyperX.

It can also create accurate light reflections on glass, metal, and over the eyes of in-game human characters.

As such, all founders edition cards come with a 90 MHz overclock out of the box.

But before we go on, ray-tracing for the uninitiated is a rendering technique that traces the path of light rays that illuminates an entire scene; that includes the reflection of reflections in reflections.

With the new Turing GPU based GeForce RTX 20 series lineup, NVIDIA is going to offer two key things, first is a brand new dual-axial fan-based cooling solution and the other thing is a factory overclock out of the box.

Earlier this year, Nvidia unveiled a showcase of real-time ray-tracing using Phasma and some Stormtroopers from the Star Wars franchise. RTX is going to define a new look for computer graphics. I was excited before - now I'm excited and really want an RTX card.

NVIDIA is working with developers such as EA, Epic Games, Square Enix on games with ray tracing.

The first batch of RTX GPUs, announced Monday, promise to bring "the biggest generational leap" in gaming graphics history, according to Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang. Second quarter revenues for several of its other business segments, including PC gaming, data centers and automotive, all beat estimates. But if they do deliver the performance Nvidia is promising, and Huang tends to now exaggerate too much, then we could be looking at a serious generational jump in the world of graphics.

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