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Nvidia announces new raytracing-focused RTX 2080, 2080 Ti graphics cards

Nvidia announces new raytracing-focused RTX 2080, 2080 Ti graphics cards

Gaming event convention Gamescom 2018 is now ongoing in Germany, and American tech company NVIDIA kicked it off with the introduction of its new high-end graphics cards - GeForce RTX 2070, RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti. The family is fleshed out with the GeForce RTX 2080 (2944 CUDA cores) and the GeForce RTX 2070 (2304 CUDA cores).

At $599, the Founders Edition of the GeForce RTX 2070 is a little more affordable, though Nvidia hasn't said when it'll release the card.

The RTX 2070, 2080 and 2080 Ti will be starting at $499, $699 and $999, respectively. Prices and specs didn't appear in this initial leak, but the page does include hard confirmation that the cards will ship with a bump to Nvidia's Turing chip architecture.




It can also create accurate light reflections on glass, metal, and over the eyes of in-game human characters. It's one of those stunning effects that you will nearly immediately take for granted because suddenly game graphics are offering surfaces that look like they're meant to look. The RTX listings for the cards have since been taken down. "Everything just works because ray tracing just works". It was here that the manufacturer introduced GeForce RTX, next-generation hardware that promises up to six times faster performance than previous generation video cards.

The most impressive demo of the launch event was DICE's team showing off just how effective the ray-tracing enging can be in bringing real reflections and light behaviour into a game. Vehicle bodywork, windows, puddles, even the metal accents on your soldier's weapon - all will use ray tracing to paint realistic, real-time reflections. The new NVIDIA GeForce RTX GPUs have reinvented graphics and set a new bar for performance. Well, if Nvidia's Gamescom 2018 presentation is to be believed, they can handle the slick rendering technique pretty well.

Huang described the generational lead from the very capable Pascal architecture to Turing as a "shocking contrast", which certainty cranks the hype machine for the new GeForce graphics. The RTX series also dedicates a significant level of support to advanced VR rendering, which is good news for anyone running a device on their PC. We are not certain why this is happening but so far most games that were showcased are using ray tracing for very specific things, and nearly none of them uses it for more than one effect.


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