Nvidia has announced its next-generation graphics card series the RTX 20-series GPUs, and every tech geek is talking about what real-time ray tracing will bring to PC gaming.
Well, before rushing to buy it you should follow the best strategy of adopting or purchasing new technology, and it is “wait a little bit before jumping in.”
Is it worth upgrading to Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080?
Well in this article I will be covering the basics of What Nvidia has added or what is improve in GeForce RTX 2080 and should you upgrade it.
NVIDIA RTX 2080 FE VS RTX 2080 VS GTX 1080
|Spec||RTX 2080 FE||RTX 2080||GTX 1080|
|Boost clock||1800 MHz (OC)||1710 MHz||1733 MHz|
|Frame buffer||8GB GDDR6||8 GB GDDR6||8GB GDDR5X|
|Memory speed||14 Gbps||14 Gbps||10 Gbps|
The GTX 1080 has 8GB of GDDR5X memory with 10Gpbs memory speed and 256bit memory interface and memory bandwidth of 320GB/sec.
The base clock of GTX 1080 is 1607 MHz with a boost of 1733MHz and comes with 2560 CUDA cores. The GTX 1080 has 9 teraflops of computer power.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 has 8GB of GDDR6 VRAM with 14Gbps memory speedthe and 256bit memory interface along with 448GB.sec bandwidth.
The base clock of RTX 2080 is 1,515 MHz along with a boost of 1,710MHz and features 2944 CUDA cores.
There will be a GeForce RTX 2080 Founders Edition that has overclocked boost clock at 1,800 MHz.
Well by comparing the specs of RTX 2080 and GTX 1080 I can tell there is a huge improvement in terms of performance between GTX 1080 and RTX 2080. The turing architecture is also adding its part in improving performance.
Price to performance
It is a rule of thumb new technology is expensive with a higher percentage of risk in it. However, enthusiasts dare to test new products. RTX 2080 Ti will cost $1,199 that’s is something Rs. 140,000 in Pakistan. That is a lot of money to spend on a card.
RTX 2070 and 2080 are sweet spot for most of the people that costs only $599 and $799 respectively. Here in Pakistan it could go as higher as Rs. 70,000 for RTX 2070 and Rs. 90,000 for RTX 1080 – if things remain same and currency is not depleted again.
What this means is that 4K gaming is entirely affordable for the first time, and when aftermarket designs start rolling out in the coming months, it’s going to become even more attainable for more people.
4K or not 4K?
For years 1080p gaming is a most popular resolution for gamers and with small segment preferring 1,440p displays, and Nvidia Turing might be the beginning of an end for 1080p gaming. Even the GeForce RTX 2070 will be capable of to max out most of the currently available games at 4K resolution at smooth framerate. Well now here’s the question do you want to upgrade to 4K resolution and enjoy crispy 4K gameplays? Or you are good with 1080p or 1,440p gaming resolution.
If you are looking to play games on 4K resolution, it could be a lot of money, specially for us living in Pakistan. Two significant things needed to play 4K games include a graphics card like GTX 1080Ti or latest RTX 2070 and RTX 2080 with lower prices and Gaming Monitor that support 4K resolution, and those are really expensive in Pakistan (I’ve been personally looking to buy one for quite a long time but could find one at a reasonable price). Well, playing games on the 4k resolution could cost you around Rs. 160,000 in Pakistan excluding the cost of other parts of PC.
Should You Buy It?
At the end of the day all comes down to your choice and budget you have, my advice is to take a look at your current equipment’s, budget and what you want to achieve with your computer. If you are good with playing games at 1080p, then there is no need to upgrade to RTX 2080. Because improving your graphics will not be enough to play games at the 4K resolution. You may have to upgrade other parts of PC too including a 4K capable gaming monitor.