GeForce RTX 2080



Sure, the RTX 2080 Ti is the fastest graph­ics card and has all sorts of cool and po­ten­tially use­ful fea­tures, but at cur­rent prices it’s a tough pill to swal­low. Drop­ping down to the RTX 2080 will get you still ex­cel­lent per­for­mance – it’s the sec­ond fastest con­sumer GPU, edg­ing out the GTX 1080 Ti – and save you around £450. And you still get the same ray trac­ing and DLSS fea­tures, al­beit not quite as many of each core type. Un­for­tu­nately, with­out any di­rect com­pe­ti­tion from AMD, Nvidia has in­creased prices this round, with the RTX 2080 tak­ing over the £700 GPU mar­ket.

The one ma­jor caveat is the same as the other RTX cards: we’re still wait­ing for games that en­able ray trac­ing ef­fects and DLSS. Those should start ar­riv­ing in the next month or so with a Shad­owoftheTom­bRaider patch and Bat­tle­fieldV, but will the RTX 2080 be pow­er­ful enough to use the new fea­tures? Hope­fully, though per­haps not at max­i­mum res­o­lu­tion and qual­ity. If RTX fea­tures are like other graph­ics set­tings, we’ll be able to run at a re­duced-qual­ity ray trac­ing mode that will look nearly as good and per­form bet­ter.

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