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Nvidia reveals $800 GeForce RTX 2080 at Gamescom 2018

21 August, 2018, 15:27 | Author: Vicki Mclaughlin
  • Nvidia announces new raytracing-focused RTX 2080, 2080 Ti graphics cards

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. These new GPUs will also feature the standard NVIDIA features such as Showplay, VR support, 4K output, DirectX 12 support, G-Sync, HDR and many more. The company put out an early press release and microsite promising GeForce RTX 20-series cards from its Aero, Ventus, Sea Hawk, Duke, and Gaming X lines. (For an example, see the plane in the picture above from the Battlefield V game.) Generating lifelike reflections, refractions, and other effects requires considerable computing power, which has held ray tracing back in consumer gaming. Yup, NVIDIA is going to offer their reference cards with a factory overclock, that means that the founder edition cards are shipping with binned dies that allow for the best clocks and overclocking potential.

Asus has also revealed its take on the GeForce RTX cards with prices for Blighty, with the RTX 2080 starting at £889.30 and topping out with a cranked up RTX 2080 Ti costing £1,344.

Nvidia showcased a handful of demos from games with RTX support, from Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Battlefield V and Metro: Exodus.

While the buzz around these new cards is mostly about the ray tracing technology powering them, they're also a general step-up from the cards on the market right now.

But still, it's tough not to be a little concerned when the ultra-expensive, ultra-enthusiast RTX 2080 Ti isn't able to hit 60fps at 1080p in Shadow of the Tomb Raider. Specifically, they are the: RTX 2070, RTX 2080, and RTX 2080 Ti.

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We saw several of these demos at Nvidia's RTX Series launch event, and even got to play and capture a couple of the games in question with the settings cranked up and the new technology on show.

But before we go on, ray-tracing for the uninitiated is a rendering technique that traces the path of light rays that illuminates an entire scene; that includes the reflection of reflections in reflections. If true, this will be the biggest PC gaming graphics news since 2016.

The non-Founders Edition versions of the cards, which aren't available through the Nvidia website, start from $US499 internationally. It's exactly one month until we find out first-hand. The technology that most graphics solutions now use to create their model is called rasterization, and it simulates objects as a collection of polygons, works out the interaction between those shapes, and then turns that into pixels that get displayed on your screen.

Aside from games, Nvidia says its new RTX platform has major impacts on other things, including autonomous driving, medicine and machine learning.

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