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Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti Actual Performance Locked Away For Consumers?

Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti has been delayed twice but it should be out before the end of the year. It seems that the performance that the Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti is capable is not fully unlocked and for the money that you are paying, you are not getting the power that the card can actually deliver and that is a shame.

Locking performance is not something new for Nvidia but in the older days, it was easier to bypass the measures that Nvidia had taken, nowadays it is not as common as most people would like.

Here we have the specifications of the Quadro RTX 600o that fully uses the TU 102 core. Keep in mind that this is the same core that the Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti uses and you will see the difference and the added performance that the Quadro has to offer.

Nvidia is asking for a huge premium for the added performance which might make sense keeping in mind that Quadro graphics cards are meant for a different market entirely. What concerns me is that come launch, people are going to be using the Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti graphics cards but they will not be using all the power that the cards are capable of as it is locked inside the hardware.

You can check out the specifications of both cards down below:

Graphics Card GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Quadro RTX 6000
Price 1,259 euros 6,300 USD
Architecture Turing Turing
GPU TU102 TU102
Process TSMC 12 nm TSMC 12 nm
Transistors 18.6 billion 18.6 billion
Die Size 754 mm² 754 mm²
Shaders 4352 4608
Tensor Cores 544 576
RT Cores 68 72
Texture Units 272 288
Geometry Engines 34 36
ROPs 88 96
GPU Base Clock 1,350 MHz
GPU Boost Clock 1,635 MHz
RTX-OPS 78 TRTX-OPS 84 TRTX-OPS
Gigarays / s 10 GRays / s 10 GRays / s
Memory Clock 1,750 MHz 1,750 MHz
Memory Type GDDR6 GDDR6
Memory Size 11 GB 24 GB
Memory Bus 352 bits 384 bits
Bandwidth 616 GB / s 672 GB / s
TDP 260 W 295 W
Power Connectors 2x 8-pin 2x 8-pin
SLI / NVLink 2x NVLink 2x NVLink

While the GPU is the same it is worth noting that the Quadro graphics card come with more shaders, tensor cores and RT cores. If you had the some for the mainstream card then you would get that extra boost in performance. Other than that the Quadro also has more texture units and ROPs.

This means that if Nvidia wanted, we could get much more out of the Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti but the company has chosen to go this route so that people do not buy the less expensive Quadro. The Quadro clearly makes more money per card. Which card sells more is another metric entirely.

Let us know what you think about the performance of the Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti being locked and whether or not you think this is the right thing for Nvidia do keep doing.