UPDATE: Nvidia has pushed back the view date for GeForce RTX 2080 graphics cards from the previous September 17th to a new September 19th embargo. Reviews will now drop just hours before the $799 GPUs launch, alongside the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti reviews on the same day.

It sounds as if Nvidia has been struggling to get the sample hardware into reviewers' hands, with some still waiting on their RTX 2080 graphics cards. This gives reviewers less than a week to get reviews out even now, but the extra couple of days should help provide some additional depth to coverage.

With no ray-traced games available though, the reviews could be a little curious. The headline feature of the GeForce RTX 20-Series is its ray-traced capabilities, so Nvidia had best hope standard performance holds up well against the far cheaper GeForce GTX 1080 Ti and GeForce GTX 1080.

Original Story: 05-Sep-2018 - Nvidia GeForce RTX 20 Series First Reviews and Benchmarks out September 17th

The official embargoed review dates for Nvidia’s upcoming GeForce RTX 20 Series graphics cards have been revealed.

Previously expected to arrive on September 14th, the first GeForce RTX 2080 reviews will, in fact, arrive on September 17th, three days before the GPU is due to launch.

Meanwhile, those interested in the top-of-the-line GeForce RTX 2080 Ti will have to wait until September 19th to hear the first impressions and see the first gaming benchmark results. That’s less than a day before the $1200 graphics card actually launches. It’s a lot of a money to slap down on a hope and a prayer.

Those initial rumours of September 14th reviews weren’t totally without merit, however. Friday, September 14th is when the embargo on discussion of the Turing GPU architecture is lifted. It’s unclear what precisely can even be talked about on this day, although it’s unlikely to be much more than was shown at the RTX series reveal event last month.

GeForce RTX 20 Series NDA dates:

  • September 14th — Turing architecture
  • September 17th — GeForce RTX 2080 reviews
  • September 19th — GeForce RTX 2080 Ti reviews

Keep your eyes peeled then, it's shaping up to be a hectic week. There are still so many unanswered questions about performance, both in terms of with ray-tracing and without, matched with a hefty price increase that is doubtless going to raise expectations. Can Nvidia deliver with its $1200 GPU? We'll find out soon.