The Geforce RTX line is moving video games closer and closer to the real thing. Should you watch the video on Nvidia.com about the RTX technology, you will see some pretty amazing graphic in games like Tomb Raider, Battlefield and a racing game as well – Assetto Corsa Competizione. Each game, especially Assetto Corsa, come closer and closer to what looks like the real thing. It’s almost better than watching a race on TV – that’s how much the technology has evolved.
Comparing the Geforce 1080ti to the RTX 2080
One of the challenges many in the IT industry are seeing (or just video gamers in general) is that the 1080ti card packs the same punch as the 2080 card. Even more disappointing, is the fact that Nvidia has stopped manufacturing the GTX series. In this way, Nvidia is somewhat pushing gamers to purchase RX series cards (even if they don’t want to).
That being said, GTX series cards will be available still for some time – but not for too much longer. Forbes reported in November of 2018 that the 1080ti cards were already starting to become difficult to find.
One of the cool things that Nvidia talks about with the RTX series is Ray Tracing. It’s a new technology that sounds nifty and cool. Ray Tracing is noticeable when you look at reflections with a ray tracing capable card, like the RTX series. Light bouncing off of objects is something game developers generally do well, but if you look close enough you’ll see the reflection break down. However, game developers have become pretty good at reflections, and it can be difficult to see the difference between ray tracing and normal output without ray tracing. Also, if you read reviews about the RX 2080, you’ll read that the ray tracing needs to be set to high or ultra high for it to make a major impact.
One of the challenges with the technology is that since Ray Tracing is relatively new on the scene, not many game manufacturers have incorporated or support the technology yet. So turning on ray tracing can sometimes backfire because the game developer has not yet incorporated it into their game, or have not designed the game with ray tracing in mind.
Ray tracing is actually not a new concept, but hardware in the past (compute, GPU) has been unable to support the number of calculations required in order to make ray tracing a realistic venture.
Conclusion – is the RTX 2080 worth purchasing?
We’re not saying that the Nividia RTX series isn’t worth purchasing. However, one thing we are saying is that if you currently have a Geforce GTX 1080ti, it’s probably not worth upgrading your card yet and spending close to a thousand dollars to purchase one. If you have a sub-par GPU now, and you want to buy the best, see if you can get your hands on a 1080 or 1070ti before they’re all gone. If you can’t find one, then it may be worth considering the RTX series.
We’re sure this will change in the future, but with any new technology, new does not always mean “best.”
RTX 2080 Price Comparison
Below we have compared the current prices of the RTX 2080, in terms of different manufacturers. This price comparison is valid as of February 2019. These are prices in Canadian.
The Geforce RTX 2080 is approximately $1,000 CAD across most manufacturers. The new RTX series uses GDDR6 RAM while the GTX series uses GDDR5.
To purchase one of the cards on sale below just click on the text, which is hyperlinked.
EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 XC Ultra Gaming, 8GB GDDR6 – $1006
ZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 2080 AMP 8GB GDDR6 256-bit Gaming Graphics Card – $968
MSI RTX 2080 Gaming X Trio GeForce 8GB GDRR6 256-Bit VR Ready Graphics Card – $1149
ASUS GeForce® RTX 2080 O8G Dual-Fan OC Edition GDDR6 – $949.00