Do You Need The 2080 Ti “Right Now” in 2018?
We all know that graphics cards are the bread and butter when it comes to gaming performance on computers, but how much power is necessary to get what we actually want and can afford? The answer is simple. What all do you want to do on your computer?
Just like your CPU, RAM and even your HDD; it’s not really necessary to buy the “best of the best” if you’re just trying to get by or just can’t afford it! If you’re just gonna be gaming; that means no recording your gameplay, no live streaming, no music producing, no video editing, etc.. Then all you “would” need is a 4 or 8 core CPU. Any less than 4 cores with the CPU and you’re hindering yourself from high frame rates with games on a computer!
However, this is where graphics cards come into play. As time goes on, graphics cards are officially getting more powerful than these CPUs now! The more you pay for a great graphics card, the better off you are with high frame rates, but there’s a catch!
These newer graphics cards are really only useful when playing in 4K resolution! Granted, they do provide a “little” improvement to high frame rates on the lower resolutions (1080p and lower), but once you start going down the resolutions, MOST of the power your graphics card is using ALSO goes down. The work is split between the CPU and the GPU, so using a $1,000 graphics card to play in anything lower than 4K is pretty silly to do… Most of the “graphics processing” is actually done by your CPU (the processor) when playing games at 1080p.
You can turn the resolution down within your game settings to play at frame rates as high as 120fps on 1080p! However, why spend $1,000 on 1080p? You get my drift? Especially when once the work is split between the CPU and GPU after you turn it down to 1080p; you’re not really using much of the 4,352 CUDA cores the RTX 2080 Ti is offering! You might barely scrape only 1,000 of those CUDA cores playing games at 1080p (might be over-exaggerating, I don’t know)!
Regardless, unless you have a 4K computer monitor or 4K TV you can plug this baby into via HDMI or DisplayPort while it sits inside your desktop computer; you can throw the idea of buying a graphics card this expensive out of the window. It’d be crazy on anyone’s part to buy it without playing the games in 4K resolution. However, this leads me to another part.
Video editing and live streaming can benefit from the extra CUDA core performance, leading to less encoding times! Remember that motto “invest money to make money”? Well, this is what that means. You want to monetize (make money) from your gameplay on YouTube or Twitch? You gotta pay for the equipment to do so!
More CPU cores to help edit lower resolution videos, but also have the latest GPU to help edit 4K resolutions and higher? Do you want both, or just edit 4K video? If just 4K video, then try to buy the best graphics card you can get with 4K capability (including the 2080 Ti) and buy no more than an 18 core processor. If you want to just edit 1080p or lower? Then you’ll be fine with a “semi-good” graphics card that could be a little older by a maximum of about 4 or 5 years; just buy yourself a better CPU with more cores to encode 1080p resolution quicker.
Same goes for high graphical gaming on your computer. Do you just have a 1080p monitor or TV and can’t afford 4K right now? Again, you’d be fine with a “semi-good” graphics card that is as old as about a maximum of 4 or 5 years and can just buy a fast 4 or 8 core CPU that’s at least 3.00Ghz or more in clock speed. Add 1080p video editing to that mix and you should still try your best to buy the higher core processors. Like the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950x that you can buy here. 16 cores is MORE than enough to encode 1080p video fairly quickly.
Long story short, if you have no plans to video edit? Only buy a CPU of a maximum of 8 cores. Paying for anymore than that, you’ll NEVER use the extra cores available just playing video games…it’d be a waste of money at that point. 4K or not. The more cores you can buy in a CPU, the faster encoding times will be after video editing. However, anymore than an 18 core CPU at the most (and trust me, that can go up to an $1,800 investment), gameplay performance will actually start to decrease as games only use 4 to 8 cores from a CPU anyway! Sure you’ll get more power and faster encode times after video editing with a 32 core CPU, but games will be awful. Frame rates will start to drop way below the 40s and 30s.
Honestly, this is the ONLY feature that most people would want the RTX 2080 Ti for! Everyone talks about screenspace, this and that. The fact of the matter is, ray-tracing is simply this. Reflections off of all objects now, instead of just mirrors. That includes water. Instead of just light being seen in water? All objects, including your game character can be seen in water… That is literally the best explanation ANYONE will ever give you on the internet. No need to go into scientific mumbo jumbo. It’s easier to tell everyone what it is in the simplest way possible and I’ve done that for you. You’re welcome.
Should I Buy It?
You gotta decide how much you’re willing to pay or invest. Are you just playing for fun, or are you wanting to make money online with tube sites and monetize (make money) with your edited video content? Which leads me to the end and title of the article. If you want to see that the 2080 Ti might not even be necessary right now, watch the video below (You can buy the RTX 2080 Ti by CLICKING HERE if you still want to buy it, but I’d advise you to watch the video first before you decide):