Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edi­tion

4K gam­ing gets real


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Now we come to the mon­ster in the room. The GeForce RTX 2080 Ti. It’s the gam­ing card we all want to own, but the ques­tion is, at $1,899, can mor­tals af­ford it?

The GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is built around the TU102 GPU, this is the ‘big Tur­ing’ chip and its re­lease is some­thing of a sur­prise given Nvidia’s re­cent strat­egy to de­lay the big chip un­til later in the mar­ket cy­cle. Spec wise, it’s a big jump over the out­go­ing 1080 Ti, with 4352 Cuda Cores tied up with 68 RT Cores and 544 Ten­sor Cores. It’s clocked slightly lower than the 2080 with a 1635MHz boost clock but more than makes up for it with sheer grunt.

There’s 11GB of 14Gbps GDDR6 me­mory, which with its 352-bit bus, gives an amaz­ing 616GB/s of me­mory band­width. There’s no doubt­ing that the RTX 2080 Ti is a se­ri­ously beefy card that’s likely to re­main very ca­pa­ble for years to come as the driv­ers ma­ture and fea­tures such as ray trac­ing. HDR and DLSS see more wide­spread na­tive adop­tion.

The FE 1080 Ti PCB was re­garded as be­ing ad­e­quate, but noth­ing more. The 2080 is a big step for­ward thanks to the in­clu­sion of a good qual­ity 13+3-phase DrMOS VRM which brings it into line with some de­cent cus­tom card so­lu­tions. As ex­pected, the RTX 2080 Ti fea­tures the same dis­play con­nec­tiv­ity as the 2080, with three DP 1.4 ports, HDMI 2.0b and the Vir­tu­alLink USB-C port. It car­ries all the out­stand­ing video ca­pa­bil­i­ties we men­tioned in the in­tro. Es­sen­tially it’s got the best of ev­ery­thing that’s pos­si­ble in 2018.

The cooler is the same as the one found paired with the 2080, and we’re pleased to see that it’s eas­ily ca­pa­ble of han­dling the more de­mand­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics of the 2080 Ti. It re­mains quiet even un­der load and tem­per­a­tures are kept well in check which al­lows the GPU to push the boost clocks higher, for longer.

The RTX 2080 Ti is a per­for­mance mon­ster, no doubt about it. 60Hz+ 4K gam­ing is eas­ily doable. If you’re one of the for­tu­nate folks to be gam­ing on a 1440p 100Hz+ mon­i­tor, you’re in for a real treat with 100fps+ be­ing an ab­so­lute walk in the park. The power con­sump­tion lev­els are a small step up from the 1080 Ti, and we did no­tice slightly high idle power con­sump­tion, though it was noth­ing to be alarmed about.

We love the RTX 2080 Ti. It’s a tech­no­log­i­cal mar­vel, not just be­cause of its gam­ing prow­ess, but the for­ward look­ing fea­tures it brings to the ta­ble. If the 2080 Ti is a mon­ster, then so is its price. $1,899 is a big step up. That’s money that buys you a de­cent gam­ing PC, but hey look at what Ap­ple did with the re­cent iPhone launch. It’s a pay to play mar­ket. If you want the best gam­ing graph­ics card on the mar­ket, here it is. You’ll no doubt get to en­joy sev­eral years of top notch high fi­delity gam­ing. CHRIS SZEWCZYK

It re­mains quiet even un­der load and tem­per­a­tures are kept well in check...

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