Nvidia’s New Range of Graphics Cards Are Insanely Expensive

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Gamescom 2018 has been given an incredible start from Nvidia by announcing their new high-end graphics cards, the GeForce RTX 2070, RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti.

The Inno3D GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, marketed as the "iChill Black" has unusual mesh grill design cashing, making it look somewhat different from the usual heat sink fins or fan assembly. The cards are based on Nvidia's new Turing architecture, which uses real-time ray tracing and AI for rich graphics rendering.

Gigabyte has four cards spanning the RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti SKUs under the WindForce OC and Gaming OC families. Keep in mind that the new RTX GPUs start at $799, and go up to $1,199 for the RTX 2080 Ti, so the pricing of the Alienware machines will vary depending on which GPU you choose.

If that's a bit rich for you - and you'll likely need a 4K, 120hz monitor to make the most of it in many games - there's also the GTX 2080 which features 8GB of GDDR6 RAM and other slightly reduced specs and thh GTX 2070 - a weaker still card but still one that outstrips nearly everything on the market right now. A standard RTX 2070 will set you back $US499; an RTX 2080, $US699 and an RTX 2080 Ti $US999.

Update #2: NVIDIA just announced prices that were a few hundred dollars cheaper than what was listed on their own website. It also packs 8GB of newfangled 14Gbps GDDR6 memory (more than the rumored 7GB), with 2304 CUDA cores. That means the Duke RTX 2080 needs a six-pin and an eight-pin connector, while the Duke RTX 2080 Ti takes a pair of eight-pin plugs.

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The new RTX GPUs from Nvidia are the first consumer grade GPUs to come with the company's newest Turing architecture. For a lifetime PC gaming nerd that's super-exciting; as Jen-Hsun's said, it's always been the holy grail of PC graphics.

For those who can attend in person, Nvidia promises the event will be "loaded with exclusive, hands-on demos running on the hottest upcoming games, presentations from some of the world's biggest game developers and some spectacular surprises". It's a technology that has been used in films for years, producing the life-like reflections and computer generated visuals you see in massive productions like Iron Man.

And on top of that, the film-grain effect was dialed up to stupid levels, and Nvidia techs gave you a good bollocking if you even looked like you were going to mess with the settings.

With the availability of the Turing GPU, the developers of all three video game studios say that they are now able to fully utilise NVIDIA's ray-tracing technology render realistic shadows and reflections throughout each respective title. Explosions are no more damaging, but they seem to swallow all available light, looking for more menacing as raging orange colour reflects all the way from the light source down a battle-damaged street.

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