I did a lot of research to find the right parts for my Want a Really Fast Computer? These Parts Will Do It post. Of course the computer industry never stops and new NVIDIA video cards were announced right after the post went live. I’ve not yet ordered my new parts so I’ll have to determine if I should get one of the new cards. Yes, I’ll have some Amazon links below for which I receive a commission. I would LOVE it if I got one of these cards for free, but I seriously doubt that will happen.
The top of the line card comes from various manufacturers, but I’ve selected the ASUS GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11G Turbo Edition simply because I’ve been very happy with ASUS over the years.
It has 11 GB of GDDR6 RAM running at a base clock of 1350 MHz that can be boosted to 1635 MHz. The card has 4,352 CUDA cores and 352-bit memory bandwidth running at 616 GB/sec. NVIDIA claims that this card delivers up to 6X the performance of previous generation cards. I take those claims with a grain of salt, but even half that would be a huge jump. The exact price and ship date have not yet been announced, though expect prices over $1000.
If that card may be out of your price range, there is a second card that doesn’t have as much memory and brings prices down a bit. With the ASUS GeForce RTX 2080 O8G Dual-Fan OC Edition, you’ll have to settle for 8 GB of memory instead of 11 GB. It has a faster boost clock of 1,800 MHz. The cutback means you “only” have 2,944 CUDA cores and the 8 GB of GDDR6 RAM operates with a 256-bit bandwidth running at 448 GB/sec. This card will be released on September 20, 2018 and will be under $1000.
A third card is coming later in the RTX 2070 line. No timeframe or specs are currently available, though it may bring a price as low as $500. That’s still pricey for many, but far more palatable than the two 2080 cards.