Nvidia’s GeForce RTX graphics cards – The RTX 2070, RTX 2080, and RTX 2080 Ti – are all now available. And if you listen to rumours, they will be reavealing their GeForce RTX Mobility graphics cards at CES 2019, with laptops carrying the mobility cards available to buy in February.
What’s so special about the RTX range?
These cards will be faster than their predecessors, with the most powerful, the RTX 2080 Ti, boasting 18.9 billion transistors, 4352 CUDA Cores. 68 RT Cores, and 544 Tensor Cores – but what does all that really mean? Ultimately it means that if you want the best possible 4K HDR performance then this is the one to go for.
The RTX 2080 is the mid-range option, and likely to be the most popular of the three, because it does a great job of balancing between performance and price. It has 13.6 billion transistors, so it a way behind the 2080 Ti, but it’s still capable of handling Ultra HD HDR at 60Hz so it’s a great option.
The baby of the bunch is the RTX 2070, with the least amount of power but the most affordable in price. For some reason, Nvidia haven’t released any real information about the RTX 2070’s performance, but they do say that it will be able to render 4K images at 60fps.
Is there a catch?
The most important thing to note about the RTX range is that they won’t fit into all machines. With PC manufacturers striving to make more environmentally friendly and smaller PCs that use less power, there is less room available for larger and more powerful GPUs, making it problematic for users who need their capabilities.