Nvidia’s ‘xx80’ graphics cards (such as the GTX 980 and GTX 1080) have always hit the sweet spot of offering amazing performance to justify their high prices. Now, as part of Nvidia’s Turing 20-series of graphics cards, the GeForce RTX 2080 is proving this is true once again, but with an even higher price tag and gaming performance that is just on the verge of breaking the 60 frames per second 4K barrier.
Pricing and availability
Just when we were getting over the $549 (£469, AU$925) Nvidia GTX 1080 being noticeably more expensive than its predecessor, the RTX 2080 dropped with an even higher $799 (£749, AU$1,199) price.
Bear in mind this is the price of the Founders Edition for this generation, which are high-end versions of Nvidia’s GPUs. You’ll find other models that start at a slightly lower $699 (£749, AU$1,199) price.
Still, the RTX 2080 represents yet another significant increase in price for Nvidia’s latest GPUs. It wasn’t too long ago when the Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti cost just as much at $699 (£669, AU$1,129). With this latest series of GeForce GPUs it seems Nvidia is once again skewing its existing graphics cards to be even more expensive and premium than in years past.
For a sub $500 high-end graphics card, it seems the $499 or £549 (about AU$690) Radeon RX Vega 64 is the only option left in town. However, AMD’s highest-end Vega GPU is getting long in the tooth after a year and there are almost no signs of Team Red introducing any new graphics cards any time soon.
The RTX 2080 will be available worldwide on September 20, 2018. However, stock might be difficult to find if you haven’t preordered.