It’s been a while since a major graphics card launch, but all the rumors point to imminent arrivals from Nvidia. Countless leaks have not only revealed the names of two new gaming graphics cards
The name change has received mixed views, with some questioning the move from the highly familiar and still cool-sounding GTX series, however, there are already details on Nvidia’s developer website as to why this might be, with the RTX platform ‘fuses ray tracing, deep learning
However, it’s the specifications that are of more interest to gamers and the two new cards don’t disappoint if you’re looking for more CUDA cores and tweaked memory configurations. As well as reportedly using GDDR6 memory compared to GDDR5X on the latest models, the GTX 1080 Ti will see its CUDA cores bettered by the RTX 2080 Ti by a sizeable amount, rising from 3,584 to 4,352 – that’s an increase of 21%.
Similarly, the RTX 2080 out-does the GTX 1080 at 2,944 CUDA cores compared to 2,560, which equates to an improvement of around 15%. Interestingly the TDPs are significantly higher, especially for the RTX 2080 which sits at 285W compared to 180W for the GTX 1080. It’s no surprise, then, that all the leaked images of the new RTX cards feature large triple-fan coolers and it remains to be seen if Nvidia will offer a reference cooler too.