NVidia Releases The New RTX 2080 GPU With GDDR6 RAM

NVidia GeForce RTX 2080 Video Card
The GeForce RTX 2080 GPU. Image obtained with thanks from NVidia.

NVidia has released the new GeForce RTX 2080 GPU with GDDR6 RAM and ray-tracing. Ray-tracing is a rendering feature that facilitates real-time light reflections, something gamers have anticipated for years. It is also equipped with faster memory (described below).

The RTX 2080 sports a Turing processor capable of a boost frequency of 1,710 MHZ, unlike the older GTX 1080 which is 1,733 MHZ. The RTX 2080 GPU does have 8GB of GDDR6 RAM, though, unlike the 8GB of GDDR5X in the GTX 1080. The GDDR6 RAM does have the benefit of speed — 14 Gbps, which is a considerable improvement over the GTX 1080s 10 Gbps.

The NVidia RTX 2080 GPU is available for pre-order at a price of $799, and $1,199 for the Founder’s Edition.

It will be interesting to see what the competition between AMD, NVidia (and soon Intel) will bring for machine learning and video gaming, as impressive strides have been made over the years. AMD also developed a 7nm process for developing their new 32 GB Radeon Instinct Vega GPUs that may also be a game-changer.

Note: The RTX 2080 has been added to Kompulsa’s GPU section, where you can compare it to other GPUs.