Curious to know what the next-generation of games will look like? Here’s how to find out.
Nvidia is set to unveil its next-generation of GPUs designed specifically for high-end PC gaming. Pitched as the Nvidia GTX 2080 series – and likely the GTX 2070, 2060 and 2050 to echo last generation’s 10XX setups – these cards are set to be leaps and bounds above what’s come before.
Nvidia GTX 2080: How to watch Nvidia's Gamescom reveal
If you’d like to watch along and see the Nvidia GTX 2080 and family unveiled live on stage, Nvidia is streaming its entire GeForce Gaming Celebration keynote online.
Kicking off at 5pm BST Nvidia will unveil its new cards and talk through the future of consumer graphics. If you can’t make it down to the Palladium in Cologne, you can watch along live on Twitch.
Nvidia GTX 2080: What can you expect?
If you think claims around its capabilities are a tad ridiculous, there are a couple of things out there already that indicate PC gamers could be looking at an unprecedented leap in performance. Benchmarking scores that leaked online for Nvidia’s entry-level 20XX chip, the Nvidia GTX 2060, suggest that it bests last generation’s top-end GTX 1080 – a chip that was, at the time, unbelievably powerful.
Another clue to what we can expect comes from Nvidia’s own Siggraph announcement of business-class GPUs running on its new Turing architecture. Nvidia is known for sharing its business technology with its consumer arm, so there’s no reason to believe the same Turing architecture won’t come to consumer cards. If Nvidia makes no modifications to it for its consumer GPUs, we’re in store for some incredible processing power.
The biggest breakthrough for gamers is how Nvidia’s Turing architecture is capable of real-time ray tracing and utilising AI to help process complex graphical tasks with ease. A video shown earlier this year showcasing real-time ray tracing in Unreal gives us an idea of what you can expect from games running on a GTX 2080.
The video was initially believed to be running on Nvidia’s business-class Volta GPUs, but it turns out it’s on a single Turing-based GPU. If this same tech comes to the GTX 2080, there’s no reason to believe the next Star Wars Battlefront won’t look this jaw-droppingly realistic.
If Nvidia also follows a similar formula to its business-class RTX 8000, 6000 and 5000 cards, the GTX 2080, 2070 and 2060 will come using Samsung’s new best-in-class GDDR6 memory. This new class of RAM bests the capabilities of GDDR5 by offering up a potential 16Gbits/sec in transfer speeds.
There’s not long until we find out exactly what Nvidia is up to, and we're on the ground, so expect news shortly.