Rumour: Nvidia preparing to launch GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Super in early 2020

Written by Jon Sutton on Wed, Nov 20, 2019 11:58 AM

And back down the rumour rabbit hole we go with reports surfacing that Nvidia is preparing a Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Super for launch in early 2020. We’ve come full circle on this one, with rumours earlier in the year being quashed but now they’re very much alive again.

This is according to various ‘leaks’, in particular from kopite7kimi on Twitter, who accurately leaked info on the GTX 16 and RTX Super series. They also flubbed their scops on a 2070 Ti and a 1650 Ti, so attach as much worth as you deem necessary. The leaks suggest the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Super uses the full Turing TU102 GPU used by the Nvidia Titan RTX.

As such, specs-wise, we could be looking at a graphics card which is very similar to the Titan RTX aside from memory. That means the full complement of 4608 CUDA cores, 576 Tensor Cores, 72 RT (Ray Tracing) cores, 288 TMUs and 96 ROPs. It would be a bit of a monster, basically, and is rumoured to be capped off with faster 16Gb/s GDDR6 memory, versus 14Gb/s  on the Titan RTX.

There are still a couple of question marks over this rumour though, aside from the veracity of it. There are the questions of how much VRAM the RTX 2080 Ti could ship with, the width of its memory interface, and the base and boost clock speeds of the GPU itself. These are the key aspects which are going to differentiate the RTX 2080 Ti Super from the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and the Titan RTX.

Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2080 Ti has 11GB GDDR6 at 14Gb/s, running on a 352-bit memory bus and providing total memory bandwidth of 616 GB/s. The Titan RTX has 24GB GDDR6 memory at 14Gb/s, this time on a 384-bit memory bus and providing overall memory bandwidth of 672 GB/s. Even assuming the RTX 2080 Ti stuck with 11GB GDDR6 and a 352-bit interface, the bump in memory clock speed would equate 704GB/s total memory bandwidth. If Nvidia opted for 12GB GDDR6 on the same 384-bit interface used by the Titan RTX, we’re talking an obscene 768GB/s memory bandwidth. For now, this is all conjecture, but we’d have quite a video card on our hands.

Things get even flakier when we try to drill down to clock speeds. Both the RTX 2080 Ti and the Titan RTX have base clock speeds of 1350 MHz, so this would be fairly likely. The RTX 2080 Ti offers boost clock speeds of 1545 MHz while the Titan RTX pushes it all the way up to 1770 MHz. The rumours suggest the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Super will somewhat split the difference with a boost clock speed of ~1700 MHz.

What this is all eventually boils down to then is price and timing.  With the next-gen Ampere GPU allegedly set to debut in mid-2020 this would make an GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Super an odd proposition. It would certainly be Nvidia’s fastest GeForce graphics card yet, and perhaps only just shaded by the Titan RTX, but it also runs the risk of being usurped within a handful of months by the expected GeForce RTX 3080/3080 Ti. 

Pricing will be key, particularly if Nvidia still wants to make the $2499 Titan RTX a vaguely tempting proposition for those with deep pockets. You can pick up an RTX 2080 Ti for somewhere in the region of $1100-1300, and we’d like to see a rumoured RTX 2080 Ti Super come in and effectively replace it at this price point. An accompanying price drop for the RTX 2080 Ti would be good as well, particularly if Nvidia hopes to have these graphics cards on the market side-by-side.

Or, in a another likely scenario, this entire rumour is bullshit and 2020 is all about the more predictable scenario of GeForce Ampere. Nvidia dipping its first toes into 7nm GPUs should be exciting stuff, to be honest, and would certainly cast a long shadow over another Turing GPU.

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20:12 Nov-20-2019

Maybe 3000 will not come in summer 2020 but later? Late 2020 to early 2021?

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20:07 Nov-20-2019

Can they not?


I'd rather see what Ampere has in store.

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18:12 Nov-20-2019

I never understood those low clock speed calculations. You can reasonably expect in most cases to run the 2080Ti at 1900MHz or more, so why are we even considering any of this 1350/1545 nonsense? If 2080Tis ran that slow - they'd be beaten by 2080s...
That being said - VRAM is what interests me now. Especially since I've done some 8K and 10K resolution testing last night (results on GD Discord). 16GB should be the minimum for high-end cards going forward.

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18:16 Nov-20-2019

Allows them to have low TDP numbers and low power consumption numbers on paper.
The gtx 1080 for example consumed way above the 180W mark it was given when on full clock boost, around the territory of the Vega 56, maybe slightly higher.

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21:46 Nov-20-2019

I can only imagine what my 1080s were consuming at 2100MHz + mem OC at 100% during ETH mining... :D

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12:56 Nov-21-2019

Vega 64 teritory, though faster.

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13:19 Nov-21-2019

do they? https://www.techpowerup.com/review/asus-gtx-1080-strix/22.html
it doesn't go above 200W running around 2000 mhz

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17:54 Nov-21-2019
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20:30 Nov-21-2019

the 2nd picture is total system consumptions, so the card alone does not pull more than 200-220W

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20:34 Nov-21-2019

also it can't pull more than its power limit, so if it has 200W power limit then it will draw 200W on the boost clocks

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21:40 Nov-21-2019

Yes but you can see it consuming about as much as a vega56 on the same system.

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21:13 Nov-20-2019

Correct me if I am wrong but I heard the human eye can't really tell the difference for 8K is this true?

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21:45 Nov-20-2019

I hear that the human eye can't see past 30fps...


Anyway, I'd say for me this is more as a form of supersampling than anything else. Games are inherently jaggy, unlike the real world and what our eyes perceive, so my guess is that we'd need a 16K image downsampled on a 4K display to have a jaggy-free experience. Perhaps 20K on a 5K display... But something like a true 4K vs 8K film on a TV? You'd probably not be able to tell whatsoever.
At 5K or 8K on my 1440p screen I see jaggies, but not necessarily the game ones - the screen ones, probably.

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14:58 Nov-20-2019

Wasn't Nvidia very strict earlier this year about not working on or even planing to have 2080Ti Super card?

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16:50 Nov-20-2019

They also said that the gtx 980 is the strongest GPU in their line up... and the gtx 780 was the strongest GPU in the line up and they also said that Pascal will be 1000 times faster than Maxell or something like that :D

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13:34 Nov-20-2019

Ah so they are waiting for the 12nm price cut, so that they can have higher profit margins when they sell it at the same price or slightly lower than the rtx 2080Ti non-Super currently. Bastards.

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14:49 Nov-20-2019

they can afford to do that. there is no pressure on them....

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15:20 Nov-20-2019

Exactly. Just like the 2080 super, it will be a meh improvement in performance and no significant price reduction.

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16:17 Nov-20-2019

We should be the ones giving them pressure.

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16:43 Nov-20-2019

are we buying 2080Ti-s en masse? i don't think so :D do they feel the pressure? not so sure :D

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16:48 Nov-20-2019

Not good enough, we(not just me and you, everybody) should just starve them for a generation or two without buying their GPUs until their prices fall in like to what they should be and they actually improve things.

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02:27 Nov-21-2019

I'm sticking with the 1080 ti for at least another year. I fired up Star Wars: Fallen Order at 4K maxed settings except for shadows and post processing and had not trouble hitting 60fps and looking fantastic on an LG OLED TV. Not in a rush here.

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15:29 Nov-20-2019

That's business for you.


Not that I agree with such practices.

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16:47 Nov-20-2019

Then we the customers should be giving them so much crap and not buying their products until they start releasing products at appropriate prices.

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22:37 Nov-20-2019

You do that, I am not gonna worry myself about such practices. I have more things to worry about anyway. :P

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10:37 Nov-21-2019

Worry more

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13:37 Nov-21-2019

*more important things


(and yet again I omit an entire word. Typical. -_- )


But yeah I refuse.

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