Nvidia is planning to launch their GeForce RTX 2070 – The entry level to their “Ray-Tracing” series of RTX cards.
NVIDIA today announced official availability dates for what will forever be engraved in history as “the cheapest Turing” option – which contrary to what that might lead you to expect, isn’t cheap at all. NVIDIA’s RTX 2070 graphics card will be available starting October 17th, bringing the benefits of raytracing acceleration to a much lower price-point than the already-launched RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti graphics cards.
That said, the RTX 2070 will still retail for $499 – a full $120 higher than NVIDIA’s last-gen GTX 1070, and that’s not counting what’s being less-than-amicably called the “NVIDIA tax”, which brings Founders’ Editions pricing of the graphics cards up to $599, and allows AIB to increase pricing of their own designs up to that level – or higher. It’s not a cheap option – especially considering how the RTX 2070 is now being built in the TU106 silicon, a smaller counterpart to the full-fledged TU104, and in contrast to the previous GTX 1070, which was built from the top-of-the-line chip).