NVIDIA Just Announced The GeForce RTX 20 Series Featuring New Turing Architecture

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, GeForce RTX 2080, and GeForce RTX 2070 are all powered by the new Turing GPU architecture, bringing together "real-time ray tracing, artificial intelligence, and programmable shading", according to the announcement.

The webpage update, which went live a bit before the press conference, wrapped also promised to show off videos of "Shadow of the Tomb Raider", "Metro Exodus", and "Battlefield V" illustrating how the new lighting tech and cards would impact the games.

The pro-level Turing cards have been built for the rigours of ray tracing, and by sporting the same RTX moniker it's looking like the new GeForce gaming cards are going to be heavily focused on the same ray traced goal.

But Nvidia's founder and boss Jensen Huang has touted the Turing architecture as the largest development in Nvidia's history noting it's the "greatest leap since we created CUDA" and as such has the power and architecture to handle real-time ray-tracing in graphics cards the average Joe or Jill can buy. It can compute 45 trillion simultaneous RTX operations. The flagship card will have 11 GB of memory with 4352 CUDA cores, a 20% jump from the previous generation. In terms of ray tracing power, they can push out 8 and 10 Gigarays per second respectively, or 60 trillion and 78 trillion RTX operations per second.

The most powerful of the two cards arriving next month, the RTX 2080 Ti, will start at $999. This includes the GeForce RTX 2070 priced at $599 (USD), GeForce RTX 2080 for $799 and the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti for $1,199. The RTX 2070 will only cost $599, however it's now not available for pre-order just yet. Zotac has not officially confirmed these prices.

Nvidia will sell the new RTX cards through partners such as Asus, EVGA, and Gigabyte. As you can see below, there will be both reference and Founders Editions of the cards available. The higher end Strix and Dual series will be factory overclocked and will use extra-thick 3-slot coolers to increase heat dissipation allowing the fans to spin slower. Huang promised that the cards will run whisper-quiet even when fully stressed and overclocked.