Published: Tue, August 21, 2018
Tech | By Amelia Peters

Nvidia's RTX 2080, RTX 2080 Ti Cards Arrive Sept. 20

Nvidia's RTX 2080, RTX 2080 Ti Cards Arrive Sept. 20

Today at the Nvidia keynote in Cologne, Germany, the tech company revealed its newest set of consumer GPU models, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 20 series.

Nvidia's GeForce RTX cards are officially out of the ray-traced bag, and every card maker seems eager to join in. They are based on its recently launched chip blueprint called "Turing", which Nvidia is also using for higher-priced chips announced last week for game designers, movie makers and other computer graphics professionals. Both the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and the GeForce RTX 2080 will ship on or around September 20th, with a limit of two per customer.

Nvidia says that it has had to come up with new ways to rate the power of its new GPUs.

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NVIDIA is working with developers such as EA, Epic Games, Square Enix on games with ray tracing. That comes as a natural result of the new cards ditching the company's previous Twin Frozr VI cooler used on the 10-series Gaming X boards and going with a newly designed triple-fan cooler bearing modest RGB LED accents. Nvidia showed how the new technology will look in upcoming games including Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Metro Exodus.

Price-wise, the new GeForce RTX 2080 Ti will go for USD 1199 (about RM 4920) while the GeForce RTX 2080 and GeForce RTX 2070 can be obtained for USD 799 (about RM 3279) and USD 599 (about RM 2458) respectively. 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. It can compute 45 trillion simultaneous RTX operations. It was not at all feasible in 3D games, except it now is (on a somewhat simpler scale) using NVIDIA's new graphics cards.

NVIDIA has launched Founders Edition versions of each of these three cards. A cheaper model, the RTX 2070, will be available for $499, but won't arrive until October. As you can see in the video above, RTX offers next-gen levels of realism in water reflections, shadows and other details. The technology that most graphics solutions now use to create their model is called rasterization, and it simulates objects as a collection of polygons, works out the interaction between those shapes, and then turns that into pixels that get displayed on your screen.

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