The NDA on the Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti has been lifted and we are finally getting the numbers and reviews that we need in order for us to decide whether or not we can recommend these new graphics cards to the general public.
I talked about how the Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti is not what Nvidia promised, at least at launch but here we are going to look into what other publications have to say about the graphics cards.
Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti/2080 Review Roundup
The following is what major publications have to say about the new Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti and 2080 graphics cards that are based on the Turing architecture.
According to The Verge, the Nvidia RTX 2080 is not powerful enough for 4K 60 FPS gaming and that the Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti is the only real option if you are looking to hit that sweet spot at the higher resolution. The Verge gave the Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti a score of 7.5 out of 10 and the Nvidia RTX 2080 got an 8 out of 10.
It is also worth noting that both these cards have a higher TDP and need a 650W power supply. It is also interesting that the Ray tracing / DLSS improvements are still unknown, which is something that I have mentioned as well.
CNET also shared similar views regarding the graphics cards and mentioned that while these graphics cards are powerful, they are not what people expected. The following is what Sean Hollister had to say in this regard:
The verdict is in, and frankly, it’s not what we expected:may be powerful, but they may also be a tough sell for discerning PC gamers.
Tom’s Hardware mentioned that the Nvidia RTX is not the most powerful graphics card on the market and if you are looking to play games at 4K 60 FPS without turning down the settings then this is what you should get. In short Chris Angelini had the following to say regarding the matter:
If you aspire to game at 4K and don’t want to choose between smooth frame rates and maxed-out graphics quality, GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is the card to own.
That might be the case but keep in mind the price point as well as the fact that at launch we had nothing to test the ray tracing or DLSS features, it is indeed a tough sell.
PC Perspective found this to be a tough sell and found it hard to recommend. This seems like a common trend among the reviews and I feel the same way as well. Ken Addison had the following to say about the Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti and Nvidia RTX 2080:
Until we see substantial software adoption of features like DLSS and real-time ray tracing in PC games, or the GTX 1080 Ti disappears from the retail channel, it would be impossible for me to recommend the RTX 2080 over the GTX 1080 Ti.
That might seem to be a bit harsh but if it keeps the general consumer from jumping on the hype train then so be it. But I am sure that there are going to be plenty of people that are going to buy these cards no matter what and they probably have pre-ordered one of these GPUs without even reading the reviews.
Sam Machkovech compared the performance of the RTX 2080 to the GTX 1080 Ti and said that it is a tough sell keeping in mind how similar the performance is and the additional price that you are paying for the RTX graphics card. The following is what he had to say in this regard:
$1,200 is a lot of money to guarantee locked 4K/60fps performance at near-highest settings in your favorite PC games, while the wait and additional cost of the RTX 2080 feels like a lot to ask for when the above benchmarks tell us that the 1080 Ti still pretty much packs the same punch.
$1200 is a lot of money for a graphics card, no matter how great it performs. At the end of the day this is a product for the general consumer and at this price point, there are only a few people that can afford to get one of these graphics cards.
Nate Oh also had similar thoughts. He mentioned the high price, the comparable performance and the lack of features that were promised at launch. The following is what he had to say in this regard:
[Gamers] will have to think long and hard about paying extra to buy graphics hardware that is priced extra with features that aren’t yet applicable to real-world gaming, and yet only provides performance comparable to previous generation video cards.
Engadget gave the Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti am 86 out of 100 which is pretty decent. Devindra Hardawar mentioned that the GPU is able to deliver 4K 60 FPS and also praised how cool it was under load. He also mentioned the lack of ray tracing supported games like the countless others before him.
The RTX 2080 Ti is the fastest consumer video card today by far, but you’ll have to pay dearly for the privilege of owning one. And while we’re intrigued by NVIDIA’s ray tracing and AI rendering technology, it’s too early to tell how useful they’ll be.
The Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti might be the worlds fastest graphics card right now and it might seem like the shiny new thing to get but unless we can see how well it performs with ray tracing enabled titles and how many games actually support the feature we cannot recommend it, just like other publications what I have mentioned here.
Let us know what you think about the Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti and whether or not this is something that you are interested in getting.