Watch Nvidia GeForce Gamescom Event

Noel Cummings
August 21, 2018

After a two-year wait, Nvidia (NVDA) on Monday offered an in-depth look at its next-generation graphics cards, which the company claims will "reinvent computer graphics". He revealed that the demo was a costly demonstration - upwards of $10,000 (USD) - and was powered by four GPUs along with help from Microsoft and the Unreal Engine 4 but the public reaction was that they wanted to see it within games consoles. The RTX 2080 Ti would ship with 11GB of memory, and have 78 trillion RTX-OPS and 10 Giga Rays/s of performance. The RTX 2070 card comes with the same memory configuration at the RTX 2080, only sporting a handful fewer CUDA cores; 2,304 to be exact. Result applies to Founders Edition version.

Nvidia's GeForce RTX cards are officially out of the ray-traced bag, and every card maker seems eager to join in. That new nomenclature is a nod to the ray-tracing capabilities of the new Turing architecture.

If that's a bit rich for you - and you'll likely need a 4K, 120hz monitor to make the most of it in many games - there's also the GTX 2080 which features 8GB of GDDR6 RAM and other slightly reduced specs and thh GTX 2070 - a weaker still card but still one that outstrips nearly everything on the market right now.

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That led us to speculate how well the next-gen GeForce cards will be able to render ray-tracing.

Note: I am attending Gamescom as a guest of Nvidia. And in real-time no less. Ray tracing works similarly, where rays of light hit objects and then bounce off to the camera, sometimes directly, sometimes after hitting other objects in the vicinity, just like in real life. Furthermore, the entire power delivery system has been rebuilt for GeForce RTX Founders Edition graphics cards, starting with the all-new 13-phase iMON DrMOS power supply.

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Normally, ray-tracing would take a serious amount of graphical power to run; we're talking Nvidia DXG supercomputer level.

The new GPUs, based on an architecture codenamed Turing, merge conventional graphics rasterisation, real-time ray tracing, AI, and compute power for the first time.

Huang invited game developers from EA, 4A Games and Eidos on stage to show exclusive demos of real-time lighting and shadow effects in the upcoming Battlefield V, Metro: Exodus, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider. Those of you who want to see what Turing's capable of will want to be on the lookout for those.

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