The first Nvidia RTX 20-series GPU reviews will hit the web on September 17

Polycount

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Nvidia's long-awaited RTX 20-series video cards finally made their debut at the company's pre-Gamescom reveal event, but the announcement was met with some mixed reactions.

The raytracing technology Nvidia showed off on stage was certainly impressive, but many -- including our own Steve Walton -- have questioned the cards' general performance capabilities, casting doubt on their ability to outpace GTX 10-series GPUs from an FPS perspective.

If you aren't up to speed on the situation, Nvidia's RTX GPUs boast "real-time raytracing" technology, which will supposedly improve reflections, shadows, and lighting in video games.

At any rate, the general consensus among tech experts seems to be "don't pre-order, wait for benchmarks," as is often the case with new video card architecture. Naturally, this is tough advice for some to follow. Nobody wants to get left in the dust, and stock for new graphics cards tends to sell out fast.

If you are itching to pre-order but you don't want to get the short end of the stick, the good news is that the NDA for Nvidia's first RTX GPUs will be lifted soon, on September 17. You can expect to see the cards' first benchmarks and reviews hit the web on the same day.

It's worth noting that this lift date does not apply to all RTX cards - it's not clear when the RTX 2070 will receive its first benchmarks, but the RTX 2080 Ti's first review won't arrive until September 19.

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alabama man

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I've been waiting for 3 years now and can wait couple more years as nothing really needs more GPU than I currently have. If these will suck I'll wait to see what AMD has to offer, not getting my hopes up about buying AMD card as VEGA is still hard to find. If the performance isn't that much better than the 1000 series I'll wait another 3 years, It's not like raytracing will be supported by any good game soon, only AAA bullshit from EA and Ubisoft and even those will have horrible FPS with it enabled.
 

ZackL04

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I've been waiting for 3 years now and can wait couple more years as nothing really needs more GPU than I currently have. If these will suck I'll wait to see what AMD has to offer, not getting my hopes up about buying AMD card as VEGA is still hard to find. If the performance isn't that much better than the 1000 series I'll wait another 3 years, It's not like raytracing will be supported by any good game soon, only AAA bullshit from EA and Ubisoft and even those will have horrible FPS with it enabled.

You have a 980ti?
 

Wendig0

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I told myself years ago that I wouldn't get sucked into the hype of doing another pre-order for hardware, but that was apparently a lie. I ordered an EVGA 2080 XC Ultra and I'm glad I did. My old 970 is struggling to keep up with a lot of games. Regardless of whether the 2080 exceeds the 1080 by a power of X or not, it will still a HUGE step up from what I have now.
 

VitalyT

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I generally don't care about gaming, like I do about monitor quality. I'm considering to order DELL's 8K monitor, and now waiting to see which single card to get to drive such a behemoth properly...
 

noel24

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The thing is, the cards land on shelves on September 20th? So those 17th are from 'reviewers' that signed nVdia's submissive "not writing bad about Our cards" NDA?
 

pencea

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Currently own a highly overclock 1080 Ti. I don't really care about the ray tracing stuff so I'm in no hurry upgrading.

Will definitely skip out this generation and wait for next year's cards. My golden rule is a GPU has to at the very least be 50% faster than my current card for me to even consider upgrading given how much more expensive GPUs are getting now days.
 

Reehahs

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I've been waiting for 3 years now and can wait couple more years as nothing really needs more GPU than I currently have. If these will suck I'll wait to see what AMD has to offer, not getting my hopes up about buying AMD card as VEGA is still hard to find. If the performance isn't that much better than the 1000 series I'll wait another 3 years, It's not like raytracing will be supported by any good game soon, only AAA bullshit from EA and Ubisoft and even those will have horrible FPS with it enabled.

You have a 980ti?

Or may be almost a 980Ti level card like GTX 690.
 

sasat

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texasrattler

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Currently own a highly overclock 1080 Ti. I don't really care about the ray tracing stuff so I'm in no hurry upgrading.

Will definitely skip out this generation and wait for next year's cards. My golden rule is a GPU has to at the very least be 50% faster than my current card for me to even consider upgrading given how much more expensive GPUs are getting now days.
Who said cards are coming next year, don't hold your breathe for that. It could be years before we see another generation.