Respect, Nvidia – you really delivered in the middle of the week. Your new graphics cards seem to be a real board, fans and press are enthusiastic, I can't escape the hype either. A bitter aftertaste still remains. Because with your little presentation you turned my graphics card, which was not even a year old, into "scrap metal". Am I mad at you guys now? Not at all!
RIP Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER: My new graphics card has already had its day
As an editor for gaming hardware, you are always concerned with the latest rumors and leaks about upcoming hardware products. There was also a lot of information on Nvidia's RTX 3000 cards to read in advance. Some of them turned out to be completely wrong, while others were spot on. However, that the message that the new Ampere cards would offer between 60-90 percent more power than Turing should be true – I really didn't expect that. A fatal mistake, as we now see.
Because as some readers may still know, I bought a new graphics card at the beginning of the year: the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER. A card that I assumed would accompany me for the next 3-4 years – after the announcement of the new models, however, I can hardly wait to throw the "old iron" out of the computer and onto an RTX 3080 or RTX 3090 to upgrade. And who knows what AMD will conjure up with RDNA 2?
That’s a leap in performance! Nvidia's new RTX 3080 in the introduction video:
Buying regret because of Nvidia's new graphics cards? Oh where!
The only problem: While you could still sell your old graphics cards for a solid price on the used goods market in the last few generations, I have already resigned myself to the fact that I will get out of the number with a bitter loss. I put a proud 675 euros on the table for my model in January 2020, in late autumn I will probably be lucky if I can get rid of the card for 350-400 euros. Because let's be honest, who gets a used graphics card from the last generation for dearly money when even the RTX 3070 for 500 euros already achieves the performance level of the RTX 2080 Ti?
Nvidia's new graphics cards should dominate our top 10 for a few weeks after they go on sale:
Am I angry now that Nvidia has turned my graphics card into "scrap metal"? Not the bean! That would be kind of ridiculous, wouldn't it? After all, numerous fans keep complaining that new generations of graphics cards only make a small leap in performance compared to their predecessors. This time, however, Nvidia delivers a superlative performance boost that probably very few expected – in the end exactly what PC enthusiasts have always screamed for.
Of course, it's annoying that as an early adopter of ray tracing technology I fell a little financially, but I can live with that. Because I still don't regret buying the RTX 2080 SUPER. The performance jump compared to my old GTX 980 Ti was clearly noticeable, the improved NVENC codec enabled me to play at much higher frame rates when streaming and I was able to experience firsthand what a graphical difference ray tracing can really make.
All in all, I'm really looking forward to the rest of the year. With GeForce RTX 3000, Nvidia has put AMD under pressure. Let's see how the rival reacts to this announcement. Finally, a small question on a private matter: does one of you need an RTX 2080 SUPER?
Note: The opinions expressed in this article are solely the views of the author and are not necessarily the position of the entire GIGA editorial team.