Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 2080 Prototype Shows Up In The Wild

Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 2080 Prototype Shows Up In The Wild

Reddit user (opens in new tab) ascendance22 has bought a prototype GeForce 20-series graphics card carrying the “GTX” branding on eBay. The GeForce GTX 2080 sample appears to be a GeForce RTX 2080 with the same Nvidia Founders Edition cooler and TU104 die, as shown in the GPU-Z image. But apparently, Nvidia disabled the RT cores on this prototype, with the GPU holding a GTX badge and lacking any “GeForce RTX 2080” badging on the front.

The Reddit user bought the GeForce GTX 2080 on eBay (opens in new tab) — what it was doing on eBay in the first place is anyone’s guess. But it’s safe to say that seeing a prototype like this in the wild is incredibly rare and is usually kept under wraps by Nvidia at all times. The eBay merchant sells these GeForce GTX 2080 as engineering samples of the GeForce RTX 2080 for $359.95 each. There were early rumors that Nvidia was contemplating launching a GeForce GTX 1180, so this GeForce GTX 2080 could be the Turing graphics card that never made it to the market.

https://www.tomshardware.com/news/nvidias-geforce-gtx-2080-prototype-shows-up-in-the-wild

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