NVIDIA GeForce RTX hybrid graphics cards unveiled using new Turing architecture

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Speaking today at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany, Jensen Huang, founder and NVIDIA CEO, unveiled the new GeForce RTX 2080 and 2070 GPUs. Unlike the previous 10xx series of NVIDIA graphics cards, the RTX series utilize a hybrid graphics mode dubbed Turing which combines next-generation shaders, real-time ray tracing, and AI.

“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,” said Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of NVIDIA, speaking before Gamescom, the world’s largest gaming expo. “The breakthrough is a hybrid rendering model that boosts today’s computer graphics with the addition of lightning-fast ray-tracing acceleration and AI. RTX is going to define a new look for computer graphics. Once you see an RTX game, you can’t go back.”

NVIDIA announced three versions of the new card: the RTX 2080 Ti, RTX 2080, and RTX 2070. The 2080Ti features 10 GigaRays/sec of ray tracing capabilities, up to 78 trillion RTX-OPS, and 11GB of memory. The 2080 follows with 8 GigaRays/sec, 60 trillion RTX-OPS, and 8GB of memory. The 2070 offers 6 GigaRays/sec, 45 trillion RTX-OPS, and 8GB of memory. RTX-OPS is a new performance measurement by NVIDIA and takes an aggregate score of the Turing Shaders, CUDA Cores, Tensor Cores, and RT Cores needed to render RTX graphics.

Some of the new features (provided by NVIDIA) of the GeForce RTX graphics cards include:

  • New RT Cores to enable real-time ray tracing of objects and environments with physically accurate shadows, reflections, refractions and global illumination.
  • Turing Tensor Cores to perform lightning-fast deep neural network processing.
  • New NGX neural graphics framework integrates AI into the overall graphics pipeline, enabling AI algorithms to perform amazing image enhancement and generation.
  • New Turing shader architecture with Variable Rate Shading allows shaders to focus processing power on areas of rich detail, boosting overall performance.
  • New memory system featuring ultra-fast GDDR6 with over 600GB/s of memory bandwidth for high-speed, high-resolution gaming.
  • NVIDIA NVLink®, a high-speed interconnect that provides higher bandwidth (up to 100 GB/s) and improved scalability for multi-GPU configurations (SLI).
  • Hardware support for USB Type-C™ and VirtualLink(1), a new open industry standard being developed to meet the power, display and bandwidth demands of next-generation VR headsets through a single USB-C™ connector.
  • New and enhanced technologies to improve performance of VR applications, including Variable Rate Shading, Multi-View Rendering and VRWorks Audio.

As is the norm, Founders Edition versions will also be available. Some of the features of these editions include out-of-the-box overclocking, dual 13-blade axial fans, the first full-card vapor chamber, enhanced DisplayPort 1.4a with DSC, and a machine-finished forged diecast aluminum cover.

Preorders for the RTX 2080 Ti ($999+USD) and RTX 2080 ($699+) GPUs are available starting to today, with the RTX 2070 ($499+) available in October.

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