Nvidia Introduces New Graphics Cards as Competition Heats Up

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NVIDIA today unveiled the GeForce RTX™ series, the first gaming GPUs based on the new NVIDIA Turing™ architecture and the NVIDIA RTX™ platform, which fuses next-generation shaders with real-time ray tracing and all-new AI capabilities. PC gaming has always been costly, but packing one of these into your build is likely only to be for those prepared to invest heavily in their machine.

If you're after the non-Ti version, then the Asus ROG Strix RTX 2080 can be reserved now for £1,006 (around $1,290, AU$1,750), or you could hit up the Asus Dual RTX 2080 for £885 (around $1,135, AU$1,540). In addition to Quadro RTX 8000, announced Siggraph 2018, the Geforce RTX 2080 Ti will pack 4352 CUDA cores and comes with 11GB of 14Gpbs GDDR6 memory on a 352-bit memory interface, giving it a memory bandwidth of 616GB/s. A bridge link for the 2080 Ti or 2080 is $119 if you're lucky enough to be able to afford to of these bad boys.

The tech company teased a new graphics card, the GeForce RTX 2080, in a video released last Tuesday.

Nvidia showcased a handful of demos from games with RTX support, from Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Battlefield V and Metro: Exodus. The chipmaker disclosed better-than-expected earnings of $1.76 per share on revenues of $3.12 billion - up 40% year-over-year - compared with Wall Street analysts' estimates of $1.66 earnings per share on revenues of $3.1 billion. In short, ray tracing technology is capable of more realistic global illumination and accurate projections of ambient light, and affords the ability to efficiently calculate the reflections and light sources that exist outside of the screen space.

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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.

Nvidia's GeForce RTX cards are officially out of the ray-traced bag, and every card maker seems eager to join in. NVIDIA claims Turing is 6X faster at ray tracing applications than Pascal.

Nvidia will sell its own factory-overclocked Founders Edition graphics cards for all three new GPUs priced $100 higher each, but the company has not yet confirmed whether these will be coming to India.

Of course, we will get back to the Turing GPU and the RTX series as soon as Nvidia gives us all the technical information and once it gives the green light for reviews. Reflections, refractions and shadows also work as they would in real life, which adds to the feeling of realism. These games will utilize the new DirectX Raytracing (DXR) API developed by Microsoft on Windows.