Nvidia Turing is the latest and greatest GPU architecture. Coming a full two years after Pascal, it was an excruciating wait, but it was worth it. The Turing-powered Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, RTX 2080 and RTX 2070 are poised to be the best graphics cards for the games we play for the next few years.
Nvidia Turing will introduce real-time ray tracing and AI tech into consumer graphics cards for the first time. It’s a true paradigm shift as the new GeForce RTX gaming cards are may completely change the look of the best PC games.
Both the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and RTX 2080 are available for pre-order now and will get a hard launch on September 20, 2018. The GeForce RTX 2070 to follow at a later date sometime in October. There are also more professional-leaning Quadro GPUs that will be due to arrive in the fourth quarter of 2018 – which in Nvidia’s case means any time from October 29, 2018, to January 28, 2019 – either way we expect to see them soon.
We’ve also seen some speculation that a mobile version of the RTX 2080 is on the way, and while the previous speculation pointed to it launching by the end of 2018 – we have our money on it launching early on in 2019. Either way, if they’re nearly as powerful as Nvidia claims the desktop version is, we’re going to see some extremely powerful gaming laptops very soon.
The headline feature of Nvidia Turing is the inclusion of ray-tracing tech that can render more realistic visuals and lighting in real time without having to fall back on programming tricks. These specialized RTX cores essentially calculate how light and sound travel in a 3D environment at a rate of up to 10 GigaRays on the RTX 2080 Ti. These specialized cores will also supposedly allow Nvidia Turing-based graphics cards to process ray tracing up to 25 times faster than Pascal.
When these RTX Cores aren’t in use for processing ray tracing, they’ll essentially switch off, ceasing to draw any power.
In addition to these RTX cores, the Turing Architecture will also feature Tensor Cores, like the ones found in Volta. These specialized cores enable artificial intelligence and neural networking so that Turing cards get better at rendering over time – something previously exclusive to supercomputers.
As with Volta, Nvidia Turing is adopting GDDR6 memory – up to 11GB in the RTX 2080 Ti, which can clock in at up to 14Gbps, quite the leap over the Pascal-powered Nvidia Titan XP that clocked in at 11.4Gbps.
The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is an absolute behemoth of a GPU. With 4,352 CUDA cores, 11GB of GDDR6 VRAM with a 352-bit memory bus and 18 billion transistors, it’s going to be capable of 4K Ultra gaming at high refresh rates for years to come. It’s no wonder it comes with such a high price tag.
The more mainstream RTX 2080 and RTX 2070 are both still quite impressive, though, and will absolutely destroy the previous generation. The former will feature 2,944 CUDA cores, 8GB of GDDR6 memory and will clocked at 1.5GHz at its base frequency. The 2070, though will be a bit weaker, coming with 2,304 CUDA cores 8GB of GDDR6 VRAM and clocked at 1,410Mhz base.
Now that Nvidia has released a few more vague graphs, we have a better idea of how the new Nvidia cards are going to perform. The new Turing cards should be able to perform up to 2x faster than their Pascal equivalents when DLSS is enabled, and 1.5x better with it disabled. Thanks to the baked in AA improvements in the Tensor cores, you’re looking at about a 20-40% increase in games that don’t support DLSS.
A leaked 3DMark Time Spy benchmark also shows the Nvidia RTX 2080 outperforming the Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti by 5% and the Nvidia GTX 1080 by 35%.