In this episode of the Full Nerd, Gordon Mah Ung, Brad Chacos, and Adam Patrick Murray geek out over a monstrous new class of desktop processor and the future of graphics cards…which could arrive in less than a week! Yes, Nvidia formally unveiled its Turing GPU and Quadro RTX hardware this week, and they provide a glimpse of what PC gamers can expect in the next generation of GeForce graphics cards. We won't need to wait long, it seems. Not-so-cryptic secrets in a recent Nvidia video strongly hint that the GeForce RTX 2080 will launch next week at Gamescom. You read that right: RTX not GTX.
In this episode of the Full Nerd, Gordon Mah Ung, Brad Chacos, Alaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray discuss our exhaustive review of Nvidia's GeForce RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti, the first graphics cards built around ray tracing and AI-enhanced image processing. Unfortunately, none of those technologies are available in any games yet, but Nvidia sent reviewers some canned demos to try them in action, and well, if Deep Learning Super Sampling works anywhere near this well in shipping games, it'll be black magic. The gang dives deep into the RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti's performance in traditional games and whether Nvidia's new graphics cards perform better in HDR than the older GTX 10-series, before diving into a flood of questions by live viewers. For all intents and purposes, the GeForce RTX 2080 performs the exact same as the previous-gen flagship. So should you buy a GeForce RTX 2080 or GTX 1080 Ti if you want a 4K/60 or ultra-fast 1440p graphics card? Gordon and Alaina have opinions.
In this episode of The Full Nerd, Gordon Ung, Brad Chacos, and Adam Patrick Murray are joined by special guest Brian Stroh of BPS Customs, an excellent YouTube channel devoted to PC reviews and abundant build videos chock full of practical insights. Brian joins the gang in discussing crashing woes with Nvidia's new GeForce RTX 3080 graphics cards, AMD Zen 3 rumors, and plenty of Q&A. It wouldn't be a GPU launch without controversy stacked on more controversy, but here we are again. Some GeForce RTX 3080 customers are reporting random crashes in games. Brad reveals the fix he tested and the crew digs into just what went wrong, who to blame, and whether AMD's rumored Radeon RX 6000 can benefit from it all.
After what feels like an eon, Nvidia finally releases its new GeForce RTX, which promises the Holy Grail of gaming graphics: real-time ray tracing. The new card brings some controversy, though, as many are concerned the new world of ray tracing will sacrifice performance in existing rasterized games. Brad breaks the details live from Gamescom in Cologne, Germany, and also details the coolest PCs on the show floor. You can witness it all in the video embedded above. You can also watch The Full Nerd episode 64 on YouTube (toss us a follow while you're there) or listen to it on Soundcloud if you prefer the audio alone.
In this episode of the Full Nerd, Gordon Mah Ung, Brad Chacos, Alaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray get hyped for a fantastic fall for hardware nerds, talking about hot new gear coming--maybe?--from Nvidia, Intel, and AMD. After a long two-year drought the next generation of GeForce graphics cards may finally be imminent, if Nvidia's "Gaming Celebration" at Gamescom is any indication. We've been disappointed before though, so dig into other clues that hint towards this finally, truly being the big reveal, and what we know about the new GeForce cards so far. Gordon explains everything you need to know. And finally, the gang examines leaked performance benchmarks for Intel's rumored first 8-core processors, the Core i7-7700K and Core i9-9900K--rumors that suddenly seem a lot more concrete since MSI just confirmed 9th-gen Core processors that Intel hasn't announced yet.