Nvidia introduces GeForce RTX 2080 cards for notebooks

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When it comes to gaming-specific graphics cards, the current trend is focused on ray tracing, which is an enhanced rendering technique which improves the overall visual performance that a GPU can yield.

Naturally being one of the biggest chipmakers around, Nvidia has been investing heavily into ray tracing capabilities in order to improve their latest GPUs.

Case in point their new GeForce RTX 2080 graphics cards for notebooks – which sport better ray tracing functionality than its predecessors, with games like Battlefield V said to be benefitting greatly from the improvements.

The GeForce RTX 20280, as well as Nvidia’s other new RTX 20 series graphics cards will be making their way to notebook manufacturers in coming months (40-plus models), with some such as the Samsung Notebook Odyssey already sporting it.

For those wanting to upgrade, the mdesktop GeForce RTX 2080 is already available to purchase locally from distributors like Evetech, with it starting from R14 999 for the 8GB GDDR6 flavour.

As for the improvements that Nvidia is eulogising for its latest graphics cards, the RTX 2080 supports the company’s proprietary technology such as G-SYNC, Shadowplay and ANSEL, all of which are designed to deliver better visuals.

Looking at some of the other specs touted by the RTX 2080, Nvidia says it can muster up to 14Gbps memory speeds, as well as boosted MHz clock of between 1 095 to 1 590. It also ticks all the boxes in supporting Nvidia’s technologies.

If, however, all the improvements touted by the RTX 2080 is a bit of overkill, Nvidia also debuted a new RTX 2060 aimed at the mid-range market, and arriving a bit earlier than its more powerful brethren.

Robin-Leigh Chetty

Robin-Leigh Chetty

When he's not reviewing the latest smartphones, Robin-Leigh is writing about everything tech-related from IoT and smart cities, to 5G and cloud computing. He's also a keen photographer and dabbles in console games.

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