In a long-awaited follow up to Nvidia’s release of the GTX 1080 in May 2016, the tech company has been teasing a successor to their 10XX series of GPUs, rumored to be codenamed the GeForce RTX 2080.
Skipping past the previously utilized Volta microarchitecture used by the Titan V series of cards, the 2080 is set to use the newly developed Turing architecture unveiled at SIGGRAPH 2018 August 13, notable for its strength in ray tracing (“a rendering technique that produces photorealistic graphics with true-to-life lighting and shadow formations“) and claiming to be “the holy grail of computer graphics.” This announcement follows Microsoft’s reveal of the DirectX 12 Raytracing API earlier this year.
PCB analysis suggests that the card is to consist of 8 to 16GB of GDDR6 memory, with GPU database tables hinting at 3,072 CUDA cores and a clock speed of 1.5 to 1.7 GHz, a significant gain compared to last generation’s flagship card. As per the newly-unveiled Quadro RTX series of workstation graphics cards, VR support is likely to use VirtualLink, “an open industry standard that enables next-generation VR headsets to connect with PCs and other devices using a single, high-bandwidth USB Type-C connector.”
Though rumours and speculation aren’t at a premium, a release date of the Founders Edition (Nvidia’s brand of GPU in contrast with aftermarket GPUs developed by outside manufacturers) is speculated to be announced August 20 just before Gamescom, with 2070 and 2060 models making their debut in the fall.
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