The Full Nerd ep. 68: GeForce RTX review, RTX 2080 vs. GTX 1080 Ti, what about Radeon?

The future, today. Kind of.

In this episode of the Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad ChacosAlaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray discuss our exhaustive review of Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti, the first graphics cards built around ray tracing and AI-enhanced image processing.

Unfortunately, none of those technologies are available in any games yet, but Nvidia sent reviewers some canned demos to try them in action, and well, if Deep Learning Super Sampling works anywhere near this well in shipping games, it’ll be black magic. The gang dives deep into the RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti’s performance in traditional games and whether Nvidia’s new graphics cards perform better in HDR than the older GTX 10-series, before diving into a flood of questions by live viewers.

For all intents and purposes, the GeForce RTX 2080 performs the exact same as the previous-gen flagship. So should you buy a GeForce RTX 2080 or GTX 1080 Ti if you want a 4K/60 or ultra-fast 1440p graphics card? Gordon and Alaina have opinions. If you’re watching a video version of the podcast, be sure to watch Gordon’s body language.

We wrap things up by touching on Radeon’s relevance. Should you buy an AMD graphics card instead of the GeForce RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti? Definitely maybe. It depends on what sort of gaming experience you’re looking for. Nvidia’s new high-end RTX cards target the luxury crowd.

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