NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Series Expectations On Linux

Written by Michael Larabel in NVIDIA on 3 September 2018 at 09:10 AM EDT. 30 Comments
One of the exciting events to look forward to this month is the actual launch of the GeForce RTX 2080 series with these graphics cards slated to begin shipping on 20 September. While NVIDIA has talked up the RTX 2080 series performance it has exclusively been under Windows. NVIDIA hasn't provided any official comments about the RTX 2080 series on Linux, but here is my pre-launch analysis and commentary.

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As far as this analysis, it's premium-only in order to make our RTX 2080 Linux hardware testing possible come 20 September. If you can't afford premium, you probably can't afford these new high-priced cards either that might end up not being a wise investment if you exclusively game on Linux. At the very least, it will likely be quite a while before seeing any RTX/ray-tracing games natively on Linux or even under Wine/SteamPlay. And if you care about open-source driver support, these cards are obviously to avoid.

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