New Nvidia gaming chips aim to boost realism of graphics

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

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Nvidia CEO and founder Jensen Huang has kickstarted Gamescom 2018 with a pre-show event wherein he confirmed the existence of the long-rumoured GeForce RTX 2000 series, based on the same new Turing architecture as found in the recently announced Quadro RTX workstation cards, and coming with built-in real-time ray tracing support.

Nvidia's 20-series GPUs will run you $899 for the GeForce RTX 2070, $1199 for the RTX 2080, and a whopping $1899 for the RTX 2080 Ti, with pre-orders for the RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti available on the Nvidia website today. 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. Zotac too has four graphics cards on display: the Zotac Gaming GeForce RTX 2080 Ti AMP and Triple Fan, along with the GeForce RTX 2080 Blower and AMP.

Following the flagship card is the GeForce RTX 2080, which comes with 2,944 CUDA cores and 8GB of GDDR6 with a 14Gbps memory speed and 448GB/s bandwidth. "Once you see an RTX game, you can't go back". But if they do deliver the performance Nvidia is promising, and Huang tends to now exaggerate too much, then we could be looking at a serious generational jump in the world of graphics. The new Turing GPU architecture has ray tracing technology at its heart, hence the use of RTX in the new branding.

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Now we don't know whether this special tech demo was using the RT cores of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080Ti in order to accelerate its performance or not (something that could very well explain the performance difference between the RTX2080Ti and the GTX1080Ti). Lastly, the RTX 2080 Ti boasts 10 Giga Rays per second, 78 RTX-OPS, and 11 GB frame buffer. "Computer graphics will never be the same again", he said at the Gamescom conference in Germany. 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.

MSI announced five series of GeForce RTX cards, which means there should be a model that suits everyone's needs.

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