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NVIDIA’s teaser suggests a gaming GPU called the RTX 2080 may launch next week

By Koh Wanzi - on 15 Aug 2018, 11:07am

NVIDIA’s teaser suggests a gaming GPU called the RTX 2080 may launch next week

It’s been over two years since NVIDIA first released the GeForce GTX 1080 and introduced gamers to its Pascal architecture. Even if the GeForce GTX 10-series cards are still very capable pieces of hardware, consumers are starting to get antsy about when we’ll see NVIDIA’s new gaming GPUs, especially after months of inconclusive rumors.

At SIGGRAPH 2018, the company unveiled its Turing graphics architecture and its next-generation Quadro RTX family of GPUs. The big new feature is dedicated ray tracing hardware that NVIDIA is calling RT cores. These are designed to handle real-time ray tracing and are roughly 6x faster than Pascal, according to NVIDIA.

But if a new teaser from NVIDIA is anything to go by, we may soon see gaming-focused versions next week.

After hinting at “spectacular surprises” for its GeForce event at Gamescom next week, the latest teaser video provides even more clues.

In addition to glimpses of a new cooler, backplate, and shroud design, the video works in sly hints as to what the next card will be called. Eagle-eyed Reddit users spotted that Discord usernames in the video appear to spell out RTX 2080, with names like RoyTeX, Not_11, Mac-20, and Eight Tee all making an appearance.

The most telling clue probably comes at the video’s end, where NVIDIA unveils the date for its GeForce event. The number “2080” rises up in order as the date is revealed, which hardly seems like a coincidence.