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Nvidia's using AI in chips to make video games even more realistic

Nvidia announces new raytracing-focused RTX 2080, 2080 Ti graphics cards Nvidia reveals new RTX GPUs, priced from $600 to $1,200, and ready to pre-order now
Wayne Curry | 21 August, 2018, 15:23

Acer and Dell aren't the only ones ready to take advantage of NVIDIA's new RTX 20 series.

We are expecting to see new gaming graphics cards based on Nvidia's Turing architecture, which surfaced in the first Nvidia Quadro RTX cards announced at SIGGRAPH last week. "Everything just works because ray tracing just works". They include Battlefield V, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Metro Exodus, Control, and Assetto Corsa Competizione.

The new Turing GPUs are all about the potential of adding real-time ray tracing into our PC games, but how well can the new gaming GPUs handle the demands of ray tracing? As NVIDIA's Jensen Huang claimed, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080Ti was able to run the Unreal Engine 4 Infiltrator tech demo in 4K with 78fps at a "quality that has never be seen before".

The new RTX 2080 Ti, RTX 2080 and RTX 2070 come with in-built real-time ray-tracing technology support.

While the buzz around these new cards is mostly about the ray tracing technology powering them, they're also a general step-up from the cards on the market right now.

Part of how the new chip achieves high resolution graphics quickly is a special section of the chip that finishes most of the image but then uses artificial intelligence to guess what the unfinished pixels should look like. But let's not get distracted.

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In terms of the lightning, the new RTX 2080 cards can provide up to 10 Giga Rays of lighting for ray tracing.

Following Nvidia's big event, Asus has revealed a cluster of new GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and RTX 2080 graphics cards, some of which are available to pre-order now, ahead of an on-sale date of mid-September. HP will release the Obelisk in September starting at $879.99 Dollars.

Acer today announced support for the GeForce RTX GPUs on its Predator Orion series gaming desktops, the Predator Orion 9000, 5000, and 3000 gaming desktops will be able to provide incredible new levels of gaming realism, speed, power efficiency, and immersion.

The RTX 2070 will include 8GB of vRAM and will have 45T of RTX-OPS, while the standard RTX 2080 moves up to 60T of RTX-OPS, with the top-end RTX 2080 featuring a massive 11GB of vRAM and 78T of RTX-OPS.

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Nvidia promises "6X the performance of previous-generation graphics cards" and many other technical bells and whistles, although I'm not sure how many games these days are even maxing out the capabilities of the company's current most powerful card, the 1080 Ti. We should mention that the NVIDIA Founders Editions of these cards will ship at $1,199, $799 and $599 respectively.

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