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Nvidia unveils Turing GeForce RTX 20 series GPUs with ray-tracing power

Nvidia unveils Turing GeForce RTX 20 series GPUs with ray-tracing power

Following a number of possible leaks and rumors the truth has finally been revealed today at Gamescom 2018 as NVIDIA took to the stage to announce their newest graphics processing unit (GPU), the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20 series. While it may not receive quite as much hype as E3, the expo has reached attended of over 300,000 visitors every year since 2013.

We've covered RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti-based cards from the major players so far, but those companies aren't the only ones in town with pixel-pushers bearing Nvidia's latest tech.

You can get a small taste of what to expect from real-time ray tracing in the video below, which shows it both enabled and disabled in Battlefield V.

MSI has the RTX 2080 listed on Amazon for the same price as the founders edition. The GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and GeForce RTX 2080 are expected to start shipping around September 20, 2018.

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Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang told Monday's Gamescom crowd that the Turing chip shipping in the consumer-grade RTX cards ships with 18.9 billion transistors, and that it includes three discrete processors: the Turing SM, the RT Core, and the Tensor Core.

The last card is the GeForce RTX 2070 that will cost $599, with 2304 CUDA cores and the same 8GB of GDDR6 as the RTX 2080.

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. The new Turning GPU architecture along with the new NVIDIA RTX platform is able to run up to 6X the performance of previous-generation GPUs and enables the power of real-time ray tracing along with powerful artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning enhanced graphics. Do note that these pricings are meant for NVIDIA's own Founders Edition cards and naturally, pricing for custom cards from manufacturers will be different from one model to another.

GeForce RTX will also support Deep Learning Super-Sampling (DLSS), which will be coming in Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Final Fantasy XV, Ark: Survival Evolved, Hitman 2, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, Serious Sam 4 and more. For reference, the RTX 2070 is said to outperform a Titan Xp, although precisely how this is measured wasn't made clear and should absolutely be treated with caution given the metric fiddling going on.

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