News had leaked out prior to the intended announcement, but in an embargoed briefing on Tuesday afternoon, NVIDIA finally unveiled the next prong in their RTX generation of GPUs: Super.
The company has teased the Super GPUs since Computex, and finally they revealed three new GPUs: the 2080 Super, 2070 Super and 2060 Super, with the 2060 Super designed to be faster than the GTX 1080. The RTX Super 2060 and 2070 are expected to be available worldwide from July 9, two days after AMD’s 7nm Ryzen and Radeon 5700 XT cards go on sale, while the RTX 2080 Super will go on sale worldwide from July 23. All three cards will have 8GB of RAM.
The Super cards — at least the 2070 and 2080 versions — are designed to eventually phase out the RTX 2070 and 2080. The RTX 2080 Ti will remain the premium offering for gamers, and the RTX 2060 will remain in market as well. The Super cards are expected to have a 10 percent to 22 percent bump over their non-Super variants, although Nvidia wasn’t able to provide any expectations on the performance gap between the 2080 Super and the RTX 2080 Ti.
In the embargoed briefing, Nvidia explained that there weren’t any architectural changes with the Super cards, but more a matter of adopting learnings from the RTX rollout. “It’s just fine tuning the chip; in some instances we were able to get more out of a different chip,” Jeff Yen, Nvidia’s technical marketing director, explained.
The Australian pricing for each of the cards is as follows:
- GeForce RTX 2080 Super: $1209
- GeForce RTX 2070 Super: $860
- GeForce RTX 2060 Super: $690
Some other small changes between the models:
- RTX 2060 Super will have 8GB RAM instead of the 6GB on the non-Super RTX 2060, and will nearly match the RTX 2070 in performance;
- Nvidia claims the RTX 2070 Super will surpass the GTX 1080 Ti in performance for the same price as the RTX 2070;
- Memory speed on the RTX 2080 Super has been increased to be 15.5GBps, and the card will be faster than the Titan Xp (but not the RTX 2080 Ti)
Review samples of the cards are expected to go out later this month. With new GPUs from Nvidia, and new CPUs and GPUs from AMD, it’s become a busy month for hardware.