The first Linux-powered gaming PC is set to hit the US market, with two US firms claiming the first-of-its-kind gaming PC with an Intel processor will hit shelves in the first half of 2018.
The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and Intel Core i7-7700K will be available in four different configurations, with the GTX 1060 Ti running at 2.4 GHz and the Core i5-7600K running at 1.8 GHz.
Both processors will be built on Intel’s latest Kaby Lake CPUs, which are based on the 14nm process and support 16 cores and 64 threads, as well as support for DirectX 12.
Both will feature 8GB of GDDR5 RAM and will feature a 4K panel.
Nvidia will sell the RTX 20 80 Ti and Core i8-7680K in four SKUs with a price tag of $3,299 and $3.299, respectively.
The Core i3-8450K will cost $1,699, while the i5 6400K starts at $1 (with a $399 upgrade).
The GTX 1070 Ti and i7 7800K will both come in three SKUs, with prices of $1.299 and under, respectively, and are expected to be available later this year.
The GTX 980 Ti is expected to cost $699.
While both of these new gaming PC will likely be more expensive than the current-gen Intel CPUs in the market, they’ll likely still be cheaper than the average gaming PC today.
The Intel Core M chips are typically used in desktops and laptops, while AMD’s Threadripper CPUs have found a lot of success in gaming PCs.AMD is also likely to offer a similar lineup of CPUs with a slightly higher price tag, and a slightly lower performance boost over Intel’s current processors, as the RTX and RTX 20 series will have the same performance, but the RTX’s faster and more powerful.
NanoRig, an AI startup based in Australia, has been working on building the RTX-based system since late 2015, when the company announced its plans to build a $1 billion AI supercomputer.
The company has been selling a custom-built, 64-core Intel Xeon processor for over a year now, and the company has also released a custom version of its AI super computer called the RTX Vega.
The RTX 20-series processors are expected on shelves in September 2018, and Nvidia’s own RTX 20 system will be ready for general use in 2019.