In the latest GPU series of both AMD and Nvidia, the latter was holding the throne in the high-end market and it looks like it will stay that way in the next series, too. Nvidia finally officially revealed the new RTX 2000 series, especially the RTX 2080 Ti, RTX 2080 and the RTX 2070.
The main focus of the reveal event of Nvidia’s new consumer-level graphics cards was their new real-time ray tracing technology. Ray tracing is not something new, though, it has been used in movies for years but it has been a long dream for gamers, but now, Nvidia is making that dream a reality.
What Is Ray Tracing?
Ray tracing is a rendering technique that enables real-time reflections with more realistic lighting, resulting in a much more movie-like experience in games. Previous-gen graphics cards weren’t fast enough to do this in real-time speed, but Nvidia’s new Turing architecture is said to bring “up to 6 times the performance of previous-generation graphics cards”. Previous Pascal based cards were able to render ray tracing in roughly 300 milliseconds, while Turing based cards are now able to do this in 45 milliseconds; giving it a much more “real-time” effect.
During the event, Nvidia showed some examples of ray tracing and how games will look with it. They look so good that if you were to look at these pictures without knowing they are parts of a virtual demo, you would think that they were actually real.
The reflective surfaces do not only reflect objects but other reflective surfaces and light sources as well, giving the image a much more realistic look.
But these pictures are from demos that are made specifically for showing off ray tracing. What about the games?
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Nvidia showed 3 games with ray tracing during the event: Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Metro: Exodus and Battlefield 5. Shadow of the Tomb Raider demo wasn’t showed our character slowly walking around in a city center in the night time. The details were subtle, but if you paid attention, you’d recognize the realistic reflections on the objects and the dynamic shadows of the people dancing and the kids waving firework sticks.
Metro: Exodus demo showed us a room with sunlight coming from a window in real time. The light-dark separation was much more realistic. The spots where the sunlight hits look properly lit, while the other parts of the room remain realistically darker.
Battlefield 5 Demo stole the show, though. It was a lot longer and extensive, and they specifically showed us the differences between ray tracing on/off. The reflections of the explosions on the curved surfaces, on the car, on the windows of the apartments were looking truly next-gen.
Of course, those 3 games will not be the only ones that support ray tracing. Nvidia announced 16 games that will have ray tracing support from the release. That is a moderate amount, but Nvidia will surely keep working with the developers to push their technology to the current games. Epic Games will also let developers utilize ray tracing with the Unreal Engine. UE is the engine that the Star Wars ray tracing demo was running on, so we are excited.
The complete list goes like this:
– Assetto Corsa Competizione
– Atomic Heart
– Battlefield V
– MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries
– Metro Exodus
– Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Nvidia RTX 2080/ 2070 Pricing & Specs, Comparison With The 1000 Series
The cards are available for pre-order and the shipments will begin on September 20th. The prices are moderately higher than last-gen: RTX 2070 will start at $499, RTX 2080 at $699 and the RTX 2080 Ti will start at $999. Just like the last-gen, there will be Founders Editions for all of these models. The GeForce RTX 2070 Founders Edition will be priced at $599, the RTX 2080 FE at $799 and the RTX 2080 Ti FE at $1,199.
The specs of the new cards can be checked from the Nvidia’s official website, but you can briefly check them from the pictures below.
Like always, Nvidia is doing a good job hyping up its new technology. We hope that this won’t be like PhysX which got forgotten in a short time. We will get more info about the new graphics cards’ performance, features and ray tracing implementation on games in a short time, so stay tuned for the news.