Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti are loaded with boundary-pushing graphics tech

The wait is over, friends. After a week of rampant rumors and outright teasing by Nvidia itself, CEO Jensen Huang proudly revealed the long-awaited GeForce RTX 2080 and GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, powered by the company’s radical next-gen Turing GPU, at an event on Monday, August 20 ahead of Gamescom in Cologne, Germany.

These graphics cards look like beasts, infused with dedicated tensor and RT cores to accelerate real-time ray tracing, the Holy Grail of gaming graphics, and enough visual firepower to feed 4K G-Sync HDR displays, the Holy Grail of gaming monitors. They’re equipped with a cutting-edge VirtualLink VR connection, too, and a speedier SLI connection called NVLink.  

The $999 GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition blows past the GTX 1080 Ti, and the $699 GeForce RTX 2080 far outpaces the previous-gen flagship in real-time ray tracing operations. That makes them among the first consumer GPUs capable of keeping up with Nvidia’s beastly new $2,000 4K G-Sync HDR monitors, the Acer Predator X27Remove non-product link and Asus ROG Swift PG27UQRemove non-product link, without begging for mercy—albeit at a hefty price. Previously, only the GTX 1080 Ti and swanky Titan-class hardware could feed the ravenous displays. Nvidia also announced a $499 GeForce RTX 2070.

These boundary-pushing graphics cards are built for the future of gaming, today—but with expensive prices that’ll keep you saving your pennies for a while, too. Let’s dig in! 

This article originally published on August 20, 2018, but has been updated to include links to additional information revealed after the announcement event, including a list of custom RTX graphics cards available to preorder and the initial games supporting Nvidia’s new technology. Full disclosure: Because Nvidia would provide GeForce information only via an in-person briefing in Cologne, Germany, with no alternative venue in the United States or by virtual means, we accepted the company’s offer to pay for my flight and hotel in order to get the story. 

GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and RTX 2080 specs, price, and release date 

Here’s a quick list of specs for the tl;dr crowd: 

GeForce RTX 2080 Ti: 

  • CUDA cores: 4,352 
  • Clock speed: 1350MHz base, 1545MHz boost, 1635MHz boost (OC Founder’s Edition)
  • Memory capacity: 11GB GDDR6 
  • Memory path: 352 bits 
  • Memory bandwidth: 616GBps 
  • Ports: VirtualLink/USB-C, DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0b 
  • Power: 2 x 8-pin, 250W TDP stock, 265W TDP OC Founders Edition
  • Release date: September 20, 2018 
  • Price: $999 stock, $1,199 Founders Edition

GeForce RTX 2080: