Perfunctory. That’s the one word which keeps bubbling to the surface as I marshal my feelings about the Nvidia RTX 2080 Super. On the one hand its very existence is thoroughly pleasing, but where the impressive RTX 2070 Super feels like a genuine upgrade over the original 2070, this RTX 2080 Super, welcome as it is, is a far more iterative, purely functional update. Perfunctory, see?
That’s arguably a matter of necessity, however. Nvidia is facing some stiff competition in the high-performance graphics card market for the first time in a long time, where the AMD RX 5700 XT has been priced aggressively – and, if you believe AMD’s Scott Herkelman, very tactically – against the middle tier of the GeForce RTX cards. And so the RTX 2070 Super has had to be, well, Super to beat it. To that end it uses a completely different GPU to its forebear while retaining the same basic MSRP.
The RTX 2080 Super, on the other hand, doesn’t really have anything to go up against. There’s no AMD RX 5900 to give it cause for concern, and therefore nothing to really have its price/performance metrics measured against. Apart from its own GeForce progenitor, the OG RTX 2080, that is.
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