Nvidia has finally released some references for one of its new RTX cards, but takes them with a salt grain.
According to Nvidia, the upcoming RTX 2080 card will on average offer a 50 percent performance over the older GTX 1080 model when running 4K games.
The references are presented in the supplier-given slide below, which tested the cards on 10 different games. The company did not specify how the rated performance gains, but the dark green bars show that the RTX 2080 hardware can run a game 30 to 60 percent faster over the GTX 1080 card, depending on the title.
However, Nvidia claims that the RTX model can offer even higher performance increases when the GPU's new "deep learning super sampling" or DLSS feature is turned on. This technology uses AI-powered algorithms to essentially help the graphics card to better evenly rendered objects in play.
According to the reference marks, this DLSS feature (depicted by the bright green bars) can at least double the performance gains offered by the RTX 2080 card. But only 16 newer games currently support DLSS, so you can not count on it for each title.
To further highlight the RTX 2080, Nvidia also launched a slideshow that showed that the card can run more popular existing games at 4K resolution, still achieving 60 frames per second.
The company issued benchmarks on Wednesday about doubts as to whether the new RTX graphics cards are really worth the price. The RTX 2080, for example, will start selling next month at $ 699. The second model, RTX 2080 Ti, will go to a huge $ 999.
It has not helped Nvidia basically refrain from releasing traditional reference data for both cards. Instead, the company has spoken up its new "ray tracing" technology inside the RTX graphics cards, which promises to add realistic looking lighting and shadow effects to virtual environments.
Unfortunately, ray tracing has a limitation like DLSS: it only works fully if a game is built to support it. So far, only 11 upcoming games have decided to adopt Ray-Tracing technology, and reduce the selling point.
Nevertheless, Nvidia has promised that the RTX cards can offer at least two times higher performance than the older GTX 10 series. This was somewhat supported by the company's references published today, but the data also underlines some warnings.
Stay updated on our review of the cards, which will be September 20th.