With AMD’s NAVI based graphics cards set to launch in a few days on July 7, NVIDIA has officially announced the specifications and pricing of their RTX Super series of cards. The new Super iterations will replace the current line up except for the RTX 2060 which will remain along with the RTX 2080 Ti.
- GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER GPU – Starting at $399, Available July 9
º Up to 22% faster (average 15%) than RTX 2060
º 8GB GDDR6 – 2GB more than the RTX 2060
º Faster than GTX 1080
º 7+7 TOPs (FP32+INT32) and 57 Tensor TFLOPs
- GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER GPU – Starting at $499, Available July 9
º Up to 24% faster (average 16%) than RTX 2070
º Faster than GTX 1080 Ti
º 9+9 TOPs (FP32+INT32) and 73 Tensor TFLOPs
- GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER GPU – Starting at $699, Available July 23
º Memory speed cranked up to 15.5Gbps
º Faster than TITAN Xp
º 11+11 TOPs (FP32+INT32) and 89 Tensor TFLOPs
Is the jump to RTX worth it?
The RTX cards were originally released almost 10 months ago and we are now starting to see the applications using the real-time raytracing capabilities. CineTracer, for example, has implemented RTX in the v0.33 release for raytraced lighting, shadows and reflections for even more realistic simulations.
For RED shooters, you get substantial performance lifts using NVIDIA hardware, especially the RTX cards in combination with RED Cine-X for real-time decode. With the new Super cards replacing the previous models, you’re getting more performance at the same price.
If you’re looking at the new Mac Pro, there is still no NVIDIA support but they do have the FGPA Afterburner card which won’t come cheap. With only ProRes RAW confirmed so far, we are still waiting to hear if it will be able to be configured for other workflows like REDCODE RAW.
For those looking to build a new PC, it’s a perfect storm and you have plenty of options. With the AMD Ryzen 3000 chips about to start shipping in a few days, be sure to read up on benchmarks once the embargo lifts from many of the tech channels. Particularly the $749 Ryzen 9 3950X 16 core CPU.
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