Nvidia unveils GeForce RTX 2070 & 2080 GPUs at Gamescom 2018

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As for the Asus Dual GeForce RTX models, these also get better cooling with new wing-blade fans (which utilizes tech developed for the Strix cards). The RTX 2080 Ti would ship with 11GB of memory, and have 78 trillion RTX-OPS and 10 Giga Rays/s of performance. Have no doubt, this is a major architectural overhaul for Nvidia; the Turing Streaming Multiprocessor (SM) has a brand new design with the ability to perform independent floating point and integer operations.

Four cards are available to pre-order in the United Kingdom from eBuyer, Overclockers and Scan, with the recommended price of the Asus Dual RTX 2080 Ti weighing in at around £1,340 (around $1,720, AU$2,335), and the Asus Turbo RTX 2080 Ti costing £1,275 (around $1,635, AU$2,220). But with Turing, Nvidia is promising ray tracing in real-time, so there's no wait. The RTX listings for the cards have since been taken down. The Founders Editions will be priced at $599, $799 and $1,199, respectively.

The new GPU architecture has been created to support Nvidia's RTX suite of hardware and software algorithms to help generate ray tracing on the fly, hence the switch from the GTX nomenclature to the RTX prefix.

The company is upgrading the Alienware Aurora and Area 51 gaming desktops to include Nvidia's new GPUs. While the GeForce series is geared towards gaming, the Quadro lineup from Nvidia is made for professional applications.

"Turing opens up a new golden age of gaming, with realism only possible with ray tracing, which most people thought was still a decade away", Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of NVIDIA, said at the conference. Developers include EA, Square Enix, EPIC Games, and more.

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Nvidia's next-generation gaming graphics cards, the RTX 20 series, will launch on September 20 with a pair of products that'll start at $699.

Ray-tracing technology, up until now, has only been used in creating visual effects in the film industry.

Because you need to calculate a ray of light for each and every pixel on your camera, which is your screen, ray tracing is extremely computationally intensive compared to standard rendering techniques.

Playing the new Rotterdam map in Battlefield 5, however, was more convincing of how good real-time ray tracing can make a game look. Nvidia also announced a new Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS), which is a technology that applies deep learning and AI to rendering techniques using millions of images to learn how to treat a pixel, resulting in crisp, smooth edges on rendered objects in games. For ray tracing specifically, the Turing architecture is four times faster than Volta-based workstation GPUs and ten times faster than the current Pascal GTX 10-series-not to be confused with overall performance outside of ray tracing. Gamers will be able to play the most recent and upcoming titles in 4K with HDR at frame rates exceeding 60fps, according to Huang.

The 2070 accelerates real-time ray tracing up to 6 GigaRays per second - five times that of the Titan X, Huang noted.