Nvidia RTX GPUs bring ray tracing to PC gaming

Nvidia RTX GPUs bring ray tracing to PC gaming

Nvidia RTX GPUs bring ray tracing to PC gaming

Alienware is wasting no time with Nvidia's hot new RTX GPUs. Keep in mind that the new RTX GPUs start at $799, and go up to $1,199 for the RTX 2080 Ti, so the pricing of the Alienware machines will vary depending on which GPU you choose.

Some of these had been revealed in a leak earlier this week, with website VideoCardz letting the cat out of the bag prior to the official announcement, feeding into the speculation frenzy that was already underway.

Update: The site also said there was stock of the RTX 2080 Ti and 2080 available, although the links have since been taken down. It also gives them more time to prepare supply, since you can be sure there will be a much higher demand for these cards than the RTX 2080 Ti and RTX 2080. With 4,352 CUDA cores and 11GB of GDDR6 video memory with a speed of 14Gbps and bandwidth of 616 GB/s, the new graphics card has some serious pixel-pushing power. A standard RTX 2070 will set you back $US499; an RTX 2080, $US699 and an RTX 2080 Ti $US999.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 specs: What makes the RTX 2000 series special? Each card is also created to be overclocked, so you can pump even more power out of each one. Over at Amazon you can find the same listing for the RTX 2080 Gaming X Trio alongside a listing for the RTX 2080 Duke for the same $800. Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang said that the GeForce RTX 2070 is more powerful than the GTX Titan XP, previously Nvidia's most powerful graphics card.

The Turing GPU for RTX Series is, according to Nvidia, the second biggest chip after Volta, aka GV100. Some of the cards are also more expensive than current Nvidia products, he noted. For a lifetime PC gaming nerd that's super-exciting; as Jen-Hsun's said, it's always been the holy grail of PC graphics.

Even stepping up to 1440p might be too much for the RTX 2080 Ti - imagine what that'll do to the $699 RTX 2080 with 20% less ray tracing power.

The demos shown on stage were certainly very impressive, with lighting in Battlefield V really impressing. It's a conundrum that has put paid to many promising technologies in the past, but Nvidia - though a partnership programme which sees it funding development itself - has headed the problem off at the pass and promises wide-spread support when the cards launch next month. RTX is going to define a new look for computer graphics. As you can see in the video above, RTX offers next-gen levels of realism in water reflections, shadows and other details. Explosions are no more damaging, but they seem to swallow all available light, looking for more menacing as raging orange colour reflects all the way from the light source down a battle-damaged street.

For example, Shadow of the Tomb Raider uses ray tracing only for shadows, Assetto Corsa, Battlefield 5, Atomic Heart and some other games use ray tracing only for reflections and refractions, and Metro Exodus uses ray tracing only for global illumination.

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