Monday, 18 May 2020

Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super

After the RTX 2060 and 2070 Super , Nvidia had another new video card ready: the RTX 2080 Super. It has the same suggested retail price as the old RTX 2080, which will disappear from the market, but must be a bit faster thanks to the fully switched-on TU104 GPU.

Why an RTX 2080 Super?

Let's start with the reason why Nvidia markets the RTX 2080 Super. With the 2060 and 2070 Super, it was immediately clear: those cards unmistakably had the goal of chopping AMD's Navi maps. At both the price point and the performance level of the RTX 2080, Nvidia actually has no competition, so from that point of view there was no reason for the RTX 2080 Super.

In theory, the RTX 2080 is the smallest upgrade of all: the TU104 GPU is fully powered up this time (128 additional Cuda cores, or 4%), the GPU clock speeds are marginally higher, and the GDDR6 memory is also higher clocked, resulting in an 11% increase in memory bandwidth. Fully activated TU104 chips have hitherto been used exclusively in expensive business Quadros; perhaps the pile of flawlessly functioning GPUs had grown to such a size that it was a shame to continue selling them partly disabled as RTX 2080s. Another theory is that Nvidia may have taken into account that AMD's Navi chips would be even higher in terms of performance. It was reportedly even working on an RTX 2080 Ti Super before, but it now seems to have been canceled completely .
Same price as the 'old' RTX 2080

The GeForce RTX 2080 Super is available immediately at a suggested retail price of € 749. You can buy the Founders Edition directly from the Nvidia site, although it is not known whether, as with the previous Supers, it is only a limited edition. Custom variants can also be sold immediately - at the bottom of this article you will find the results of the first models that reached us from Gigabyte and MSI.

As with the previous cards, when you purchase an RTX 2080 Super from a participating retailer, you get the games Control and Wolfenstein: Youngblood for free with your video card.

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