The wait is finally over and Nvidia’s much-anticipated Turing-based cards are finally here, on our shores, and independent reviews are already pouring out left and right.
Looking over at particularly two well-known retailers, PC Hub and DynaQuest PC, pricing for both cards is very steep. For the RTX 2080, the cheapest model listed is the Zotac Mini Twin Fan at Php 48,820 while the most expensive model is the ASUS STRIX OC, coming in at Php 68,430.
If you want an RTX 2080 Ti, you’d better dig deeper into your pockets because the cheapest model listed is Zotac’s AMP! edition at Php 72,230 and the most expensive is the ASUS STRIX OC model at Php 96,200.
As we’ve discussed during the RTX 20-series’ launch last month, official SRP for the RTX 2080 is $699 ($799 for the Founder’s Edition) and $999 for the RTX 2080 Ti ($1199 – Founder’s Edition). So yes, a lot of these prices are quite beyond the official SRP (Php 12,000 more than the SRP for the cheapest RTX 2080 Ti).
Still, you can sort of justify the high prices only if you’ve convinced yourself that these cards will work very well with future RTX-enabled games. But the problem is, no independent reviewer has, so far, tested real-time ray tracing with these new cards because no games have it yet.
The thing is, the RT and Tensor cores are where the price premium sits and we simply barely show or measure its potential at the time of writing.
While real-time ray tracing and DLSS performance is still mostly a mystery (outside of a few demos Nvidia has provided reviewers to test), the new cards do perform well in a traditional way. That is to say, they perform better than their predecessors in non-RTX games of today. The RTX 2080, for example, performs similarly to the GTX 1080 Ti, while the RTX 2080 Ti beats it by around 28% in most games.
Right now, the RTX 2080 is a slightly more expensive GTX 1080 Ti, and its extra $100 or so buys you a raffle ticket for Nvidia’s possible improved-games future[…] Every test we threw at the cards saw these two cards—this week’s RTX 2080 and March 2017’s GTX 1080 Ti—essentially run neck-and-neck.
Prices for the GTX 1080 and 1080 Ti have dropped in the recent weeks and thus, prospective buyers now have a choice of either buying the better performing, but more expensive RTX cards or buying the cheaper, but still well-performing GTX 10 cards.
The 2080 Ti seen from a 1080 Ti purely based on shading performance is impressive, but the big question remaining is that extra 25 to 40% extra performance worth the price tag?
With tons of people having pre-ordered these cards and many more wanting to buy either one, it really is very nerve-wracking wait for RTX and DLSS-enabled games to come out and showcase what the RTX cards can really do.
But given that not all the facts are laid out yet, we’d hold on to our money until independent tests have painted a much more complete picture, which should include ray tracing and DLSS performance.