Surprise, Surprise: Nvidia Unveils Brand-New GPUs Ahead of Gamescom

Nvidia is rolling out its new RTX GPU series to replace the GTX series, starting with the RTX 2070, RTX 2080, and RTX 2080i.

Late last week, we reported (via CNET) that the next line of Nvidia GPUs was on the immediate horizon. bringing with it blistering next-gen technology and unrivaled power. 

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Today, Nvidia unveiled that line of cards at their press conference ahead of Gamescom. As evidenced by the stunning Shadow of the Tomb Raider trailer in the header above, Nvidia’s new line of RTX (real-time ray tracing) graphics cards will take video game graphics to an entirely new level. 

Boasting new GGDR 6 VRAM, burly memory bandwidths, and more robust CUDA core technology than previous models, the RTX cards will provide considerable performance boosts over the current generation of Nvidia hardware, including the the company’s previously monstrous Titan cards. 

You can pre-order the cards on Newegg or directly from any of the myriad GPU manufacturers who have already announced they are currently building the cards, such as MSI, ASUS, Gigabyte, Zotac, and many others. 

According to reports, the RTX 2070 will replace the GTX 1080; the RTX 2080 will replace the GTX 1080ti; and the RTX 2080ti will be a beast unto its own. Here are the specs for each of the Turing-powered cards via the Nvidia website:

Spec RTX 2080ti RTX 2080 RTX 2070
Price $1,199 $799 $599
CUDA Cores 4352 2944 2304
Boost Clock 1635Mhz 1800Mhz 1710Mhz
Base Clock 1350Mhz 1515Mhz 1410Mhz
Memory Speed 14Gbps 14Gbps 14Gbps
Memory (VRAM) 11GB DDR6 8GB DDR6 8GB DDR6
Memory Bandwidth 616GB/s 448GB/s 448GB/s
Max Resolution 7680×4320 (8K) 7680×4320 (8K)  7680×4320 (8K)
Height 4.556″ 4.556″ 4.435″
Length 10.5″ 10.5″ 9.0″
Width 2-slot 2-slot 2-slot
Power Consumption 260W 225W 175W


All of the new RTX GPUs are G-Sync compatible, use the Nvidia GeForce experience, and provide state-of-the-art Ray Tracing capabilities. It is currently unclear when or if current GTX GPUs, such as the GTX 1080 and 1080ti, will fall in price. However, it does seem logical considering these RTX upgrades will be replacing them in both function and price. 

You can learn more about the RTX line’s Turing architecture here. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and info on Nvidia’s ray-tracing capable, Turing-powered graphics cards. 

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Jonathan Moore is the Editor-in-Chief of GameSkinny and has been writing about games since 2010. With over 1,200 published articles, he's written about almost every genre, from city builders and ARPGs to third-person shooters and sports titles. While patiently awaiting anything Dino Crisis, he consumes all things Star Wars. He has a BFA in Creative Writing and an MFA in Creative Writing focused on games writing and narrative design. He's previously been a newspaper copy editor, ad writer, and book editor. In his spare time, he enjoys playing music, watching football, and walking his three dogs. He lives on Earth and believes in aliens, thanks to Fox Mulder.