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I've decided I would much rather have a Phanteks case. Specifically, this one:
It seems to pack a bunch of features for a fair price and has everything I need.
Unfortunately, it seems that I won't be able to get my dream computer built anytime soon due to an unexpected financial situation.
Anyways, what are your thoughts on the RTX 2080? Yay, or nay?
I've never worked with a Phanteks case before, but they look pretty nice. That one looks like it would be a solid choice for most builds.
With the RTX cards, I'm a bit torn on the whole ray tracing thing. On one hand, I see it as a complete gimmick that should be avoided by any value-seeking consumer. On the other hand, I understand what ray tracing is and I know it's the future of rendering 3D graphics. Needless to say, I'm actually quite impressed by what Nvidia has done, and their AI denoising algorithm is very, very clever to say the least. It's the future of gaming for sure, it's just that the future is still kinda far away, and the technology is still in its infancy.
Overall, I have a bit of distaste for the state of the GPU market right now. The GTX 1000 series was awesome, but I hated how expensive it was without any competition from AMD. The GTX 2000 series takes that a step further. The performance isn't breathtaking, but it is a solid step up from the 1000 series--with, of course, a solid step up in price.
It's totally off the radar for me, as I'm happy enough with my GTX 1060 and can't afford to upgrade anyway. But for those who have money they're willing to burn, I wouldn't fault them for opting for a 2080 over a 1080 ti. There are architectural advancements made with Turing, and although it doesn't result in increased FPS at 1080p, it's clearly the card to have for upcoming AAA games and/or higher resolutions.
This is especially true when we can count on GameWorks to ensure new games run like crap on the previous generation's cards. They've done it in the past, and you know it's going to happen again. That's why I dislike Nvidia.
Nvidia: great technology, horrible ethics. That's my view in a nutshell.