Are the NVIDIA Turing GeForce RTX cards worth getting? Not really.
Well, for those of you who have already pre-ordered your cards, you should not continue reading this article. The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 and GeForce RTX 2080 Ti reviews has just been published, and after checking out the articles, we can’t say we are impressed in the slightest.
For starters, the performance per watt of Turing seems pretty similar to Pascal. Anandtech’s review posted figures where the GeForce RTX 2080 consumed around the same amount of power as the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, while delivering around the same level of performance. No massive jump there like what we saw when NVIDIA made the momentous leap from Maxwell to Pascal. Pretty understandable though, as we aren’t seeing a jump as big as the one from 28nm planar to 16nm FinFET here.
Performance, well, it’s pretty morbid, especially if you compare it to the gap between Maxwell and Pascal. The GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is just a hair slower than the GeForce RTX 2080 in most games. For comparison’s sake, the GeForce GTX 980 Ti was slower than the GeForce GTX 1070, while the GeForce GTX 1060 is a match for the the GeForce GTX 980. The GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is faster than the similarly priced Titan Xp by a fair margin, but that’s because Titan cards are poor value for gaming anyway.
The gap will widen once raytracing starts getting implemented into more games, and the Deep Learning Supersampling (DLSS) will definitely make a difference. If the game supports them. For the current crop of games, if you see a good deal for a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, don’t pass it up just yet. For most games, you will most probably not see a difference.
For the money NVIDIA is asking for the latest GeForce RTX cards, it is really quite hard to justify getting them, especially the GeForce RTX 2080. If you have the money for a GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, more power to you, as it is, and probably will be, the fastest card for some time. Just know that you aren’t exactly getting great value for money here. If you are running a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, and the games you play have SLI support, you might want to consider getting another GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.