NVIDIA Turing GPU reviews hit the web

Posted on Wednesday, Sep 19 2018 @ 15:38 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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A large batch of NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti reviews hit the web. Overall, NVIDIA's new Turing-based video cards appear to be a mixed bag. The GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is undoubtedly the most powerful gaming card in the world, it's significantly faster than its predecessor but this comes at a massive price. The GeForce RTX 2080 on the other hand is a bit underwhelming at the current price level. Depending on which benchmarks and reviews you check, the card is trading blows with the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, but doesn't beat it convincingly. There's a lot of good, but the cards face a lot of competition from the existing Pascal series.

At the moment, the RTX 2080 series looks build for the future, but in terms of current performance, the RTX 2080 may not be exciting enough to pick over discounted GeForce GTX 10-series parts. This may change in the coming months, at the moment there are zero games that support the new RTX and DLSS features.

Reviews can be found all over the web, I'll highlights some parts from reviews. PC Perspective took a look at both cards, they write the RTX 20-series launch is a bit conflicting. The site complains the RTX 2080 lacks enough performance to justify its launch price:
Struggling in most scenarios to beat the GTX 1080 Ti (and failing in some cases), the RTX 2080 doesn't provide the same sort of performance leap we saw coming from the GTX 980 Ti to the GTX 1080. We had previously measured a roughly 20% performance increase going from the previous generation Ti product to the mainstream "80" GPU with the 900-series to 1000-series transition, but now we have to move to the 2080 Ti to see that same sort of performance increase within the RTX lineup. This very well could explain why NVIDIA decided to lead with their RTX 2080 Ti this time, instead of waiting the traditional 6-9 months.
The Tech Report checked out the RTX 2080 Ti and concludes its the fastest single-GPU they've ever tested - by a wide margin. But do you want to shelve out $1,200 for it?
With the RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition in our test rig, I found myself spontaneously savoring the smoothness and fluidity of Far Cry 5's Montanan waterfalls, marveling at the wavering points of candlelight in the opening scenes of Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and squinting at the fire of the desert sun in Assassin's Creed Origins just to feel more of that pleasant tingle. It's the kind of feeling that makes it easy to forget that you dropped $1200 or more on a graphics card.
TechPowerUp tested quite a lot of RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti cards, you can check their review of the RTX 2080 Founders Edition over here. Interestingly, the site notes NVIDIA is now almost twice as power efficient, and twice as fast, at the same time, as AMD's GPUs. Unfortunately, there's still an idle power consumption bug, but that should be fixed in a future driver. Performance-wise, TPU says the RTX 2080 is about 9 percent faster than the GTX 1080 Ti in 1440p and 4K gaming.
In terms of performance, RTX 2080 exceeds the performance of GTX 1080 Ti, by 9% both at 1440p and 4K, making it the perfect choice for 1440p gaming, or 4K when you are willing to sacrifice some details settings to achieve 60 FPS. Compared to RTX 2080 Ti, the 2080 is around 30% behind. Compared to Vega 64, which is the fastest graphics card AMD can offer, the performance uplift is 44%.

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