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GeForce TITAN RTX

GeForce RTX 2080

GeForce RTX 2070

Top-Tier | $1001-$3,000Mid-Tier | $501-$1000Low-Tier | $100-$500
Runner Up: RTX 2080TiRunner Up: Radeon RVIIRunner Up: AMD Vega 64

TOP-TIER

Pros: The fastest gaming card on the market right now | Cons: With great power comes a light wallet

Summary

The Titan RTX is the latest and greatest thoroughbred to exit the Nvidia stables. It is the fastest and priciest gaming card on the market currently but as a wise man once said to his doe-eyed friend: “if it’s performance you want, dagnabit man, it’s performance you’ll get!”. I mean the bank can wait for that mortgage payment, right?… right 😉

Key Specs:

GAME-ABILITY 4K @ 120+Hz
NVIDIA® CUDA Cores4608 
Clock Speed1350 MHz
Boost Speed1770 MHz
Memory Clock7000 MHz
Memory Speed (Gbps)14 Gbps
Memory Size24 GB GDDR6 
Memory Interface384-bit
Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec)672 GB/s 
TDP280 Watts
NVLink 2-way (100GB/s)
Outputs3 x DisplayPort, 1 x HDMI, 1 x USB Type-C 
Multi-ScreenYes
Resolution7680 × 4320 @60Hz (Digital)
Power InputTwo 8-pin
Bus TypePCI-Express 3.0 ×16

MID-TIER

Pros: The RT goodies and NVLink for that “DP” gaming | Cons: Not much faster than the outgoing 1070 models

Summary

The RTX 2080 is one-third of the original trio of cards that ushered in the “Ray-tracing for the masses” era of gaming technology. It was released in 2018 to much fanfare by Nvidia but was not well received by a market coming down from a Bitcoin mining high. One of the main reasons for the poor reception was that it along with the other 20 Series cards were a bit overpriced compared to the previous generation 10 Series line. Aside from the introduction of (currently) underutilized Ray tracing capabilities, the performance gains were limited. Once developers start to utilize the RT cores in these cards, there’s no doubt that they’ll start to deliver the performance they were designed to. Unless you really need to futureproof yourself though I would suggest a 1080Ti if you can find one for a reasonable price.

Key Specs:

GAME-ABILITY 4K @ 60+Hz
NVIDIA® CUDA Cores2944
Clock Speed1515 MHz
Boost Speed1710 MHz
Memory Clock7000 MHz
Memory Speed (Gbps)14
Memory Size8GB GDDR6
Memory Interface256-bit
Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec)448
TDP215 W
NVLink2-way (100GB/s)
OutputsDisplayPort 1.4 (x3), HDMI 2.0b, USB Type-C
Multi-ScreenYes
Resolution7680 × 4320 @60Hz (Digital)
Power InputOne 6-Pin and One 8-Pin
Bus TypePCI-Express 3.0 ×16

LOW-TIER

Pros: RT Cores baby, can’t wait till we can use em! | Cons: Gains are minimal compared to last gen, no NVLink.

Summary

Another RTX card seeming to suffer a similar fate to that of its upmarket counterpart. The RTX 2070 is only marginally faster than a last gen 1070 Ti but does integrate Ray Tracing technology that may or may not take off with game developers. If you already have a 1070 Ti or higher, you may be better off waiting for the 30 to 40 Series cards or pay up for a TITAN RTX which should give you a reasonable bump in performance if you can justify the cost.

Key Specs:

GAME-ABILITY1440p @ 120+hz
NVIDIA® CUDA Cores2304
Clock Speed1410 MHz
Boost Speed1620 MHz
Memory Clock7000 MHz
Memory Speed (Gbps)14
Memory Size8GB GDDR6
Memory Interface256-bit
Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec)448
TDP175 W
NVLinkNot Supported
OutputsDisplayPort 1.4 (x3), HDMI 2.0b, DVI-D
Multi-ScreenYes
Resolution7680 × 4320 @60Hz (Digital)
Power InputOne 8-Pin
Bus TypePCI-Express 3.0 × 16

 

COMPARISON

SpecificationsTITAN RTXRTX 2080RTX 2070
ChipTU102TU104TU106
FinFET process12 nm12 nm12 nm
CUDA cores4,6082,9442,304
Texture Units288184144
Tensor Cores576368288
RT Cores724636
GPU base clock1,350 MHz1,515 MHz1,410 MHz
GPU boost clock1,770 MHz1,710 MHz1,620 MHz
Memory Bus384-bit256-bit256-bit
Memory Bandwidth672 GB/s448 GB/s448 GB/s
Video memory24 GB GDDR68 GB GDDR68 GB GDDR6
Power consumption280 W215 W175 W

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