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GeForce TITAN RTX

GeForce RTX 2080

GeForce RTX 2070

Top-Tier | $1001-$3,000 Mid-Tier | $501-$1000 Low-Tier | $100-$500
Runner Up: RTX 2080Ti Runner Up: Radeon RVII Runner 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 Cores 4608 
Clock Speed 1350 MHz
Boost Speed 1770 MHz
Memory Clock 7000 MHz
Memory Speed (Gbps) 14 Gbps
Memory Size 24 GB GDDR6 
Memory Interface 384-bit
Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec) 672 GB/s 
TDP 280 Watts
NVLink  2-way (100GB/s)
Outputs 3 x DisplayPort, 1 x HDMI, 1 x USB Type-C 
Multi-Screen Yes
Resolution 7680 × 4320 @60Hz (Digital)
Power Input Two 8-pin
Bus Type PCI-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 Cores 2944
Clock Speed 1515 MHz
Boost Speed 1710 MHz
Memory Clock 7000 MHz
Memory Speed (Gbps) 14
Memory Size 8GB GDDR6
Memory Interface 256-bit
Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec) 448
TDP 215 W
NVLink 2-way (100GB/s)
Outputs DisplayPort 1.4 (x3), HDMI 2.0b, USB Type-C
Multi-Screen Yes
Resolution 7680 × 4320 @60Hz (Digital)
Power Input One 6-Pin and One 8-Pin
Bus Type PCI-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-ABILITY 1440p @ 120+hz
NVIDIA® CUDA Cores 2304
Clock Speed 1410 MHz
Boost Speed 1620 MHz
Memory Clock 7000 MHz
Memory Speed (Gbps) 14
Memory Size 8GB GDDR6
Memory Interface 256-bit
Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec) 448
TDP 175 W
NVLink Not Supported
Outputs DisplayPort 1.4 (x3), HDMI 2.0b, DVI-D
Multi-Screen Yes
Resolution 7680 × 4320 @60Hz (Digital)
Power Input One 8-Pin
Bus Type PCI-Express 3.0 × 16

 

COMPARISON

Specifications TITAN RTX RTX 2080 RTX 2070
Chip TU102 TU104 TU106
FinFET process 12 nm 12 nm 12 nm
CUDA cores 4,608 2,944 2,304
Texture Units 288 184 144
Tensor Cores 576 368 288
RT Cores 72 46 36
GPU base clock 1,350 MHz 1,515 MHz 1,410 MHz
GPU boost clock 1,770 MHz 1,710 MHz 1,620 MHz
Memory Bus 384-bit 256-bit 256-bit
Memory Bandwidth 672 GB/s 448 GB/s 448 GB/s
Video memory 24 GB GDDR6 8 GB GDDR6 8 GB GDDR6
Power consumption 280 W 215 W 175 W

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