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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 graphics card launching on October 17

NVIDIA launched its two higher-end RTX graphics cards with both the GeForce RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti released at Gamescom, but the RTX 2080 Ti isn’t being made available for another week or so for consumers. The company pulled off a last minute surprise and announced an October 17 launch for its GeForce RTX 2070 just days before the slightly delayed RTX 2080 Ti hit the market.

Specs:

The upcoming GeForce RTX 2070 graphics card uses the Turing TU106 GPU, TU106 and features 10.8 billion transistors, 288 Tensor Cores, 2304 CUDA cores and 36 RT Cores.

The transistor count on TU106 is much higher than its Pascal counterpart in the GP104, with the new TU106 GPU featuring 10.8 billion transistors versus the 7.2 billion inside of GP104.

TU106 has 36 SMs, 3 x GPCs and 8 x 32-bit memory controllers (for a 256-bit memory bus, the exact same as the RTX 2080).

NVIDIA’s new TU106G GPU couples each GPC with a raster unit and 6 x TPCs, with each TPC packing a PolyMorph Engine and 2 x SMs. Each of the SMs inside of TU106 will feature the new RT Core for ray tracing like TU102 and TU104.

NVLink connector is being culled by NVIDIA from the GeForce RTX 2070, so no more hitting up multi-GPU rigs with TU106. It’ll have worse performance than the GTX 1080 Ti, and it’s a safe bet to assume RTX performance will be radically slower than the RTX 2080 and flagship RTX 2080 Ti, so the RTX 2070 will definitely be an interesting card. Both from a reviewing stand point, and from consumer perspective. Not long before we get to see how it goes.

The Founders Edition model will start at $599 on GeForce.com, with prices from third-party partners like Asus, EVGA, and Gigabyte starting at $499.

Based off how the GeForce RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti compare to their predecessors, the GeForce RTX 2070 just might end up matching the performance of the GTX 1080 in traditional games. You’ll essentially be paying the same amount—or perhaps more—for the same level of traditional game performance.

Here’s a quick refresher on the GeForce RTX 2070’s core specs:

• CUDA cores: 2,304
• Clock speed: 1,620MHz boost 1,410MHz  base,1,710MHz OC Founders Edition
• Memory capacity: 8GB GDDR6
• Memory bandwidth: 448GBps
• Memory path: 256 bits
• Power: One 8-pin,185W OC Founders Edition, 175W stock,
• Ports: VirtualLink/USB-C, DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0b
• NVLink/SLI: No
• Release date: October 17, 2018
• Price: $499 stock, $599 Founders Edition