See, you should not pre-order any technology related. Not play, not Teslas, and certainly not bleeding computer hardware, which usually debutes with bleeding core defects only made clear after reviews have passed. I shouted the meaning of the rooftops when AMD's Ryzen CPUs were launched with okay game performance. And the very day that Nvidia announced its new GeForce RTX graphics card, I said you should not assign them either.
But then Tom Hardware published this ridiculous article titled "Just Buy It: Why Nvidia RTX GPU is Worth the Money" and There Have Been Rodents In My Mind Since.
It's just so bad . Everything about it's bad, from framing the headline to most of the basic arguments. I'm not here to tear the sentence apart, though. GamersNexus did it already, line of absurd line. Here's the thing: I understand what Tom's Hardware tried to do, assuming it was a real attempt at discourse rather than a blatant trick of extinction clicks. (Having worked one-on-one with Tom's writer much earlier, I think it was really a genuine attempt.)
Some people have valid reasons to pre-order a GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and ride on the bleeding edge just now reviews unseen. It is valuable to understand that although I personally disagree with it and very valid points were abandoned by the roadside while Tom's Hardware article grew poetically with lines like "You can sit around twiddling your thumb and hope that an RTX 2080 gets cheaper, or you can enter the world with beam tracing and high speed, 4K games today and never look back. "
In danger of coming out like a big asshole, I call a transition and play Devil & # 39; s Advocate to my own feelings. This is the article Tom's Hardware should have run, with a header that is framed much less controversially. That's why you might want to "Just Buy It" and pre-order a GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, although I do not recommend it. Because it could have been done right .
Live the ultra-fast 4K life
"What these price-panic pundits do not understand is that it's valuable to be an early adopter," Tom's article declares. "And it's a cost to either delay the purchase or get an older generation product, so you can save money."
The arguments made to back it up in the original article were not very convincing. But it's actually a very true statement with a very handy scenario that this new GPU generation switches over: 4K, 1
update rate of 4K monitors was limited to 60Hz. It was not really a problem, given that the only consumer graphics card that can wedge these frames on 4K is $ 700 GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, and even having trouble maintaining a constant 60 fps. But now the DisplayPort 1.4 standard can create 4K screens even longer. The first 4k, 144Hz G-Sync HDR displays are now shipping and they are not brilliant, albeit with a prompt $ 2000 entry fee. This week, Acer announced far cheaper 4K, 144Hz monitors that lack some of the G-Sync HDR bells and whistles, but are just as melting fast.
At least in theory. The GTX 1080 Ti pumps out just around 60 fps in most 4K games, remember. It can not feed these bleeding animals. Heck, the GTX 1080 Ti can not keep up with a 144Hz refresh rate of 1440p in many games if you have turned up your eye candy. But the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti comes loaded with a huge 4,352 CUDA kernels, almost 800 more than GTX 1080 Ti's 3,584. Judges of Nvidia's performance requirements for the RTX 2080, the fancy new RTX CUDA kernels should pump out more frames in traditional games than their predecessors core-to-core.
How fast can the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti go? We do not know for sure before reviews hit. But even now there is absolutely no doubt that the RTX 2080 Ti will be the fastest graphics card when it comes out, and probably with a significant margin. If you feel the need for 4K, 144Hz speed and you have deeper pockets than me, it makes sense to preorder the $ 1200 graphics card if you want as many fast, ultra-high-definition frames as possible, regardless of the sticker price.
This does not apply to the cheaper GeForce RTX 2080, by the way, especially as it costs significantly more than its predecessor this time. There is no guarantee that it comes up much faster than the GTX 1080 Ti in traditional games for reviews landing. Nvidia compared its performance only to the previous generation GTX 1080.
Securing a Track
Regulations make little sense to me. Do not buy a pig in a bag and what, especially if the pig costs more than Teen Brad's first car. But in a Full Nerd episode that analyzed the GeForce RTX launch, a reader from outside America struck me with a question that really made me think. In some countries, buyers may return for any reason for a specific period after receiving it (30 days, in this case).
Preorders for GeForce RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti have dried up quickly and who knows what accessibility will look like their launch on September 20? If you want to secure a day pass now, you must not lend Nvidia (or Amazon, or who) $ 800 to $ 1300 to date and are sure you will be able to cancel or return your order if you turn less than excited about performance , it could actually be a smart idea to pre-order an RTX 20 serial card as soon as possible. Doubtful so if you have a 4K, 144Hz display!
Note that Nvidia's online store allows you to cancel a order before it is sent at any time and offers a full 30-day money back guarantee for all products. It makes the founder Edition graphics card and their newfangled dual-fan cooling design a pretty tempting place to spell a queue. Amazon's return policy is usually also very customer friendly.
Secure the future
"Life is short. How many months or years will you wait to enjoy a new experience?" Ask the inch hardware article. "When you die and your whole life blinks for your eyes, how much do you want not to have Ray Tracing?"
ugh. It's not just a bad argument, but a spectacular bad.
It brings up an important point, though: Real-time beam tracking, long considered the holy grail of graphics, is actually a new experience. It's so bleeding, Windows 10's new DirectX Raytracing API has not even been pushed to the usual operating system. Nvidia's RTX implementation comes years earlier than expected, and distributes a hybrid rendering model that mixes beam tracking with traditional rasterized graphics accelerated by dedicated RT and tensor hardware that enhances the performance of radiation tracking. AMD's current Radeon GPUs can not match this in any way.
However, competitor AMD delivers data processing and graphics chips in Xbox One and PlayStation 4, the most important console options and new software that relies on new hardware always turns out to be a chicken and egg scenario. If you really believe that beam tracking and AI accelerated tasks like Nvidia's new Deep Learning Super Sampling technology are the future of computer graphics – and many developers and GPU nerds I've talked with in recent weeks, really believe this, at least as far as ray tracing is concerned-then you may want to put your money where your mouth is. You want to pre-order a GeForce RTX 2080 or RTX 2080 Ti to prove gamingmakers that yes, there is an audience for this on PC.
Now, I would not do this, especially with just 20 games pledging RTX support so far and the sour taste of DirectX 12's adoption rate in my mouth. But if you're so passionate about supporting the cutting edge of technological advancement, to have as much radiation tracking as possible, blinking in front of your dead bed, good, good at you. Ray tracing will probably be the new normal for PC graphics at some point, but it will not happen in the near future without the support of developers and PC players.
If you're super VR focused, you'll also need to consider VirtualLink, the black new "a cable to control all of them" virtual reality standards like piggybacks on top of USB-C. It is supported by computer giant giants like Oculus, Valve, AMD, Microsoft and (obviously) Nvidia, and it comes into these new RTX graphics cards. But VirtualLink is not embedded in the currently available consumer's VR headphones, such as the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, so there's probably no point in pre-drawing an RTX graphics card before reviews come out.
But if you definitely plan to pick up a next generation Rift or Vive, know that each headset's parent company retains the standard. If you are a VR enthusiast who upgrades to a new graphics card in the near future and feel that VirtualLink will be ubiquitous in the coming years, it may make sense to invest in a GeForce RTX now. The new models will not win worse than their predecessors. But again you are looking forward to something after you purchased your graphics card.
So there you have – the article Tom's Hardware should have published. An article that actually articulates some of the logical reasons why you might want to pick up your hard earned money on a GeForce RTX 2080 Ti immediately.
If you're one of these people, it's an overview of all the custom GeForce RTX graphics cards you can buy right now, and here are Nvidia Founders Editions. But every fiber of my "never preorder!" Are screaming valid opponents to each of these. Unless you have a very specific reason to pre-order, most people should not specifically with custom RTX cards that could not reveal the time. When it comes to buying hardware that costs hundreds to hundreds of dollars, waiting for reviews – it's from me here at PCWorld, or another reviewer you trust – is always the best option.