Our First Look
Over the years, the general trend for new GPU launches, especially GPUs from new graphics architecture is to launch only with the "reference" graphics card designs, developed by AMD or NVIDIA. While the idea of a "reference" design has changed over the years, with the introduction of NVIDIA's Founders Edition cards, and different special edition designs at launch from AMD like we saw with Vega 56 and Vega 64, generally there aren't any custom designs from partners available at launch.
However with the launch of NVIDIA's Turing architecture, in the form of the RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti, we've been presented with an embarrassment of riches in the form of plenty of custom cooler and custom PCB designs found from Add-in Board (AIB) Manufacturers.
Today, we're taking a look at our first custom RTX 2080 design, the MSI RTX 2080 Gaming X Trio.
|MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Gaming X Trio|
|Base Clock Speed||1515 MHz|
|Boost Clock Speed||1835 MHz|
|Memory Clock Speed||7000 MHz GDDR6|
|Outputs||DisplayPort x 3 (v1.4) / HDMI 2.0b x 1 / USB Type-C x1 (VirtualLink)|
12.9-in x 5.5-in x 2.1-in (327 x 140 x 55.6 mm)
|Weight||3.42 lbs (1553 g)|
Introduced with the GTX 1080 Ti, the Gaming X Trio is as you might expect, a triple fan design, that makes up MSI's highest performance graphics card offering.
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 21, 2018 - 03:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: RTX 2080, nvidia, TU104
The Tech Report takes a look at the less of the two new Turing cards, the RTX 2080. It has not been as well received as the 2080 Ti as it is very similar in performance to the GTX 1080 Ti. One possible area which the new card might hold an advantage is in frametimes, with the new card providing smoother performance, as opposed to raw frames per second. As their review shows, this is true in some cases but not all; see if your preferred games might benefit from the new RTX while we await releases which support the new features present on the RTX series.
"Nvidia's GeForce RTX 2080 brings Turing to a price point that's more accessible than the flagship RTX 2080 Ti. At $800, however, the Founders Edition card we're testing still has to contend with the GTX 1080 Ti in today's games. We see whether the RTX 2080 can establish a foothold as gamers await its future potential."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- GeForce RTX 2080 Overclocking Preview with Scanner @ [H]ard|OCP
- NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Shows Very Strong Compute Performance Potential @ Phoronix
- MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti DUKE @ Guru of 3D
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 To RTX 2080 Ti Graphics/Compute Performance @ Phoronix
- Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 GAMING OC 8G @ Guru of 3D
- GeForce RTX 2080 Ti & 2080 Mega Benchmark @ Techspot
- Initial NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Linux Benchmarks @ Phoronix
- Asus GeForce RTX 2080 Ti RoG Strix @ Guru of 3D
- AMD GPU Generational Performance Part 2 @ [H]ard|OCP
Subject: General Tech | September 20, 2018 - 12:23 PM | Alex Lustenberg
Tagged: turing, RTX 2080 Ti, RTX 2080, rtx, podcast, pascal, nvidia, Intel, i9-9900K, i7-9700K, coffee lake
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Subject: Graphics Cards | September 20, 2018 - 03:21 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: turing, RTX 2080 Ti, RTX 2080, nvidia, evga
NVIDIA's Turing-based 2000 series graphics cards are finally official, and partners are unleashing all manner of custom cards based on the new GPU. EVGA is launching the RTX 2080 Ti and RTX 2080 under a new XC Ultra Gaming series that uses a translucent shroud (with a very Gameboy Color nostalgia vibe) that wraps a dual fan ICX2 cooler in customizable white, black, and red trim and a large multi-heatpipe cooler to pair with the Turing GPU and GDDR6 memory.
EVGA is introducing four XC Ultra Gaming series cards, with two RTX 2080 Tis and two RTX 2080s which differ in price and boost clockspeeds. The graphics cards feature 2.75 slot designs with ICX2 coolers and hydro dynamic bearing fans. EVGA claims the cooler is 14% cooler and 19% quieter. The taller card design reportedly allows for a taller fan hub and thicker blades that can push air through the thicker heatsink without extra noise (whereas its 2-slot cards use a smaller fan hub with more blades to try to balance things). Display outputs include three DisplayPort, one HDMI, and one USB-C VirtualLink.
The EVGA RTX 2080 Ti XC Ultra Gaming comes in two models: the 11G-P4-2383-KR and 11G-P4-2382-KR. Memory clocks on the 11GB of GDDR6 memory is clocked at 14000 MHz on both models, but the $1,199.99 11G-P4-2382-KR features a 1635 MHz boost clock for its 4352 CUDA cores while the $1,249.99 11G-P4-2383-KR takes things up a notch to a 1650 MHz boost clock. Of course, enthusiasts can use EVGA's Precision X1 or NVIDIA's new OC Scanner software to overclock on their own. The RTX 2080 Ti graphics cards have 2 8-pin power connectors.
As far as the RTX 2080 XC Ultra Gaming cards, the $799.99 08G-P4-2182-KR and the $849.99 08G-P4-2183-KR pair a TU104 GPU with 2944 CUDA cores with 8GB of GDDR6 memory clocked at 14000 MHz. The cheaper model features a 1815 MHz boost clock while the higher priced model clocks in at 1850 MHz. EVGA's RTX 2080 XC Ultra Gaming cards use a 6+8 pin power connectors.
EVGA's XC Ultra Gaming cards come with a 3-year warranty and are currently being offered on the company's website. While they were previously available for pre-order, at the time of writing the cards are listed as auto-notify presumably due to the launch window slipping back a week.
What are your thoughts on EVGA's take on Turing?
- Asus Announces ROG Strix, Dual, and Turbo Series RTX 2080 Ti and RTX 2080 Graphics Cards
- The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti Review
- The Architecture of NVIDIA's RTX GPUs - Turing Explored
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 19, 2018 - 01:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: turing, tu102, RTX 2080 Ti, rtx, ray tracing, nvidia, gtx, geforce, founders edition, DLSS
Today is the day the curtain is pulled back and the performance of NVIDIA's Turing based consumer cards is revealed. If there was a benchmark, resolution or game that was somehow missed in our review then you will find it below, but make sure to peek in at the last page for a list of the games which will support Ray Tracing, DLSS or both!
The Tech Report found that the RTX 2080 Ti is an amazing card to use if you are playing Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice as it clearly outperforms cards from previous generations as well as the base RTX 2080. In many cases the RTX 2080 matches the GTX 1080 Ti, though with the extra features it is an attractive card for those with GPUs several generations old. There is one small problem for those looking to adopt one of these cards, we have not seen prices like these outside of the Titan series before now.
"Nvidia's Turing architecture is here on board the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, and we put it through its paces for 4K HDR gaming with some of today's most cutting-edge titles. We also explore the possibilities of Nvidia's Deep Learning Super-Sampling tech for the future of 4K gaming. Join us as we put Turing to the test."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X TRIO @ Guru of 3D
- Nvidia RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti review: A tale of two very expensive graphics cards @ Ars Technica
- GeForce RTX 2080 @ Guru of 3D
- RTX 2080 Ti Founder Edition @ Guru of 3D
- Turing RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti Benchmarked with 36 Games @ BabelTechReviews
- NVIDIA GeForce RTX IS HERE. Introducing the GeForce RTX 2080 & RTX 2080 Ti – 4K 60 FPS or bust! Review @ Bjorn3d
- Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080TI & RTX 2080 @ Modders-Inc
- MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Gaming X Trio 8 GB @ TechPowerUp
- ASUS GeForce RTX 2080 STRIX OC 8 GB @ TechPowerUp
- Palit GeForce RTX 2080 Gaming Pro OC 8 GB @ TechPowerUp
- MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Duke 11 GB @ TechPowerUp
- Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 & 2080 Ti @ Techspot
- ASUS GeForce RTX 2080 Ti STRIX OC 11 GB @ TechPowerUp
- MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X Trio 11 GB @ TechPowerUp
- NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti & RTX 2080 Founders Edition Reviewed @ OCC
- NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Founders Edition 8 GB @ TechPowerUp
- Nvidia RTX 2080 @ Kitguru
- Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti @ Kitguru
- NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition 11 GB @ TechPowerUp
- Nvidia Turing GeForce 2080 (Ti) architecture @ Guru of 3D
- NVIDIA Turing GeForce RTX Technology & Architecture @ TechPowerUp
New Generation, New Founders Edition
At this point, it seems that calling NVIDIA's 20-series GPUs highly anticipated would be a bit of an understatement. Between months and months of speculation about what these new GPUs would be called, what architecture they would be based off, and what features they would bring, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti were officially unveiled in August, alongside the Turing architecture.
We've already posted our deep dive into the Turing architecture and the TU 102 and TU 104 GPUs powering these new graphics cards, but here's a short take away. Turing provides efficiency improvements in both memory and shader performance, as well as adds additional specialized hardware to accelerate both deep learning (Tensor cores), and enable real-time ray tracing (RT cores).
|RTX 2080 Ti||Quadro RTX 6000||GTX 1080 Ti||RTX 2080||Quadro RTX 5000||GTX 1080||TITAN V||RX Vega 64 (Air)|
|Base Clock||1350 MHz||1455 MHz||1408 MHz||1515 MHz||1620 MHz||1607 MHz||1200 MHz||1247 MHz|
|Boost Clock||1545 MHz/
1635 MHz (FE)
|1770 MHz||1582 MHz||1710 MHz/
1800 MHz (FE)
|1820 MHz||1733 MHz||1455 MHz||1546 MHz|
|Ray Tracing Speed||10 GRays/s||10 GRays/s||--||8 GRays/s||8 GRays/s||--||--||--|
|Memory Clock||14000 MHz||14000 MHz||11000 MHz||14000 MHz||14000 MHz||10000 MHz||1700 MHz||1890 MHz|
|Memory Interface||352-bit G6||384-bit G6||352-bit G5X||256-bit G6||256-bit G6||256-bit G5X||3072-bit HBM2||2048-bit HBM2|
|Memory Bandwidth||616GB/s||672GB/s||484 GB/s||448 GB/s||448 GB/s||320 GB/s||653 GB/s||484 GB/s|
260 W (FE)
|260 W||250 watts||215W
|230 W||180 watts||250W||292|
|Peak Compute (FP32)||13.4 TFLOPS / 14.2 TFLOP (FE)||16.3 TFLOPS||10.6 TFLOPS||10 TFLOPS / 10.6 TFLOPS (FE)||11.2 TFLOPS||8.2 TFLOPS||14.9 TFLOPS||13.7 TFLOPS|
|Transistor Count||18.6 B||18.6B||12.0 B||13.6 B||13.6 B||7.2 B||21.0 B||12.5 B|
|MSRP (current)||$1200 (FE)/
As unusual as it is for them NVIDIA has decided to release both the RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti at the same time, as the first products in the Turing family.
The TU102-based RTX 2080 Ti features 4352 CUDA cores, while the TU104-based RTX 2080 features 2944, less than the GTX 1080 Ti. Also, these new RTX GPUs have moved to GDDR6 from the GDDR5X we found on the GTX 10-series.
Subject: General Tech | September 18, 2018 - 01:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: RTX 2080 Ti, nvidia, leak, benchmark
A new leak has sprung from the green team, with a 2080 Ti purportedly showing up on some Final Fantasy XV benchmarks. The cards are in reviewers hands so it is possible someone slipped up on their NDA and these accurately depict performance, though this being the internet it is also likely someone is trolling. If true, the new card is almost 25% faster than the mighty Titan Xp, at least in a Final Fantasy XV benchmark. Unfortunately it will also cost more than a Titan Xp when it does finally arrive.
"At least that's according to results that popped up in a leaked database of Final Fantasy XV benchmarks, hat tip to TechRadar, in which the RTX 2080 Ti racked up a score of 5,897 compared to the 4,756 achieved by the Titan Xp."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Google Home Max @ The Inquirer
- Game streaming’s latency problems will be over in a few years, CEO says @ Ars Technica
- Amazon reportedly preparing to jump the shark with Alexa-powered microwave @ The Inquirer
- Top-5 notebook brands and top-3 ODMs see increases in August shipments @ Digitimes Research
- iOS 12, thoroughly reviewed @ Ars Technica
- ‘Vaporized’ electrons in graphene boost signals into the terahertz range @ Physics World
- Microsoft pulls plug on IPv6-only Wi-Fi network over borked VPN fears @ The Register
- Litter-Robot III Open Air @ The Tech Report
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 16, 2018 - 11:18 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: nvidia, rtx, RTX 2080 Ti, RTX 2080
There are two changes to the launch of NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 20-series of cards. The first change is that the general availability, as in the first possible moment to purchase a GeForce RTX 2080 Ti without a pre-order, has slipped a week, from September 20th to September 27th. The second is that pre-orders of the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti have also slipped. They will ship between September 20th and September 27th, rather than all of them shipping on September 20th.
The GeForce RTX 2080 (without the Ti) will still launch on September 20th.
This was all announced on the NVIDIA forums. The brief, ~six-sentence post did not clarify whether this applied to the OEMs, such as ASUS, EVGA, MSI, PNY, ZOTAC, and Gigabyte. It’s entirely possible that they are just referring to the Founder’s Edition. NVIDIA also did not mention why the delay occurred. Given the relatively short duration, it could be anything from one of the recent natural disasters to accidentally forgetting to add an automatic stop threshold to the pre-order page. Who knows?
The NVIDIA website has been updated to show “Notify Me” instead of “Pre-Order” for the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, so pre-orders have officially shut down for that product. The regular RTX 2080 is still available for pre-order on NVIDIA’s website, though, so you still have a little time to pre-order those.
You can also, of course, wait for the reviews to make a more informed decision later.
A Look Back and Forward
Although NVIDIA's new GPU architecture, revealed previously as Turing, has been speculated about for what seems like an eternity at this point, we finally have our first look at exactly what NVIDIA is positioning as the future of gaming.
Unfortunately, we can't talk about this card just yet, but we can talk about what powers it
First though, let's take a look at the journey to get here over the past 30 months or so.
Unveiled in early 2016, Pascal marked by the launch of the GTX 1070 and 1080 was NVIDIA's long-awaited 16nm successor to Maxwell. Constrained by the oft-delayed 16nm process node, Pascal refined the shader unit design original found in Maxwell, while lowering power consumption and increasing performance.
Next, in May 2017 came Volta, the next (and last) GPU architecture outlined in NVIDIA's public roadmaps since 2013. However, instead of the traditional launch with a new GeForce gaming card, Volta saw a different approach.
Subject: General Tech, Systems | September 10, 2018 - 04:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: jetson xavier, nvidia, arrow electronics
Looking to do a little bit of black box programming but need new hardware to do it? NVIDIA have partnered with Arrow Electronics to produce the newest Jetson system, the Xavier.
The Xavier supports JetPack and DeepStream SDKs, as well as CUDA, cuDNN, and TensorRT software libraries. The 512-core Volta GPU with Tensor Cores offer 10 TFLOPS at FP16 and 20 TOPS at INT8, with the two NVDLA engines adding another 5 TOPS each. It is not just the processing power which has been upgraded, running full out the Xavier is rated at 30W with the option to reduce that maximum to 10W or 15W if efficiency is more important than raw speed.
If you are currently using the Jetson TX2 you have some thinking to do as this units pin-out will not be compatible, however many of the signals are. The units are in pre-order right now, with the Dev Kit selling for $2500 (USD), $1300 if you are a NVIDIA Developer Program member.
Check out the specs and PR below.
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 10, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NVIDIA and Arrow Electronics, Inc. today announced they are bringing NVIDIA Jetson Xavier, a first-of-its-kind computer designed for AI, robotics and edge computing, to companies worldwide to create next-generation autonomous machines.
The collaboration combines NVIDIA’s world-leading AI capabilities with Arrow’s global roster of industrial customers and its broad support network of engineers and designers. This opens the door to the development and deployment of AI solutions for manufacturing, logistics, smart cities, healthcare and more.
“We are entering a new era of intelligent machines that will supercharge industries from manufacturing to healthcare,” said Deepu Talla, vice president and general manager of Autonomous Machines at NVIDIA. “NVIDIA and Arrow are working together to ensure that the unmatched AI capabilities of the Jetson Xavier platform reach deep into the global marketplace with first-class technical support and design.”
“At Arrow, we focus on connecting our global customers and developers to the right technology to enable transformative digital business,” said Aiden Mitchell, vice president and general manager, IoT Global Solutions at Arrow. “NVIDIA’s AI platform and Jetson Xavier is at that point, and our industrial customers can secure the Xavier developer kit from Arrow.com today.”
Jetson Xavier — available as a developer kit that customers can use to prototype designs — is supported by comprehensive software for building AI applications.
This includes the NVIDIA JetPack and DeepStream SDKs, as well as CUDA, cuDNN and TensorRT™ software libraries. At its heart is the new NVIDIA Xavier processor, which provides more computing capability than a powerful workstation and comes in three energy-efficient operating modes.
“Edge intelligence in modern robotics is a critical component in driving new use cases and increasing adoption. This relationship is primed to showcase the value of robotics in new areas and help drive continued innovation in the space,” said John Santagate, research director of Worldwide Robotics at IDC.
The NVIDIA Jetson Xavier developer kit is now available for purchase through Arrow’s website at https://www.arrow.com/nvidia.