Nvidia's Latest GPUs Aim to Boost the Realism of Graphics

Nvidia announces new raytracing-focused RTX 2080, 2080 Ti graphics cards

Graphics leaking specialist website VideoCardz has lived up to its reputation by showing off Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti graphics cards from all the major vendors in recent news posts. GeForce RTX 2070 will be available in October.

Announced alongside the launch of NVIDIA's new graphics cards, the game titles in question are EA's Battlefield V, Deep Silver's Metro Exodus, and last but not least, Square Enix's Shadow of the Tomb Raider.

At $599, the Founders Edition of the GeForce RTX 2070 is a little more affordable, though Nvidia hasn't said when it'll release the card. Just a few hours after launch, NVIDIA is providing us the full break-down of the GeForce RTX 2080 graphics cards and its components which include the cooler, PCB and the card itself.

Aside from the new fans, the RTX 2080 Ti also sports a full-length vapor chamber to cover the entirety of the card's printed circuit board, or PCB. Newegg is listing the RTX 2080 Gaming X Trio for a reference-matching $800, and the RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X Trio for a similarly-standard $1200.

We'll keep this list updated as more cards are announced. Meanwhile, the RTX 2080, will go for $699. Note that the RTX 2070 only requires a single 8-pin connector, and has a noticeably lower TDP than the other two cards.

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According to Nvidia itself, the GeForce RTX cards combine Turing GPU architecture with a brand-new RTX platform. "Everything just works because ray tracing just works". The RTX 2080 Ti would ship with 11GB of memory, and have 78 trillion RTX-OPS and 10 Giga Rays/s of performance. This technique, long held as the holy grail of video game development, lets developers create worlds that feel grounded as light reacts and bounces around just as you'd expect it to in the real world. It was announced during the 2018 Game Developers Conference in March. Game developers are all set to adopt this technology this year.

And on top of that, the film-grain effect was dialed up to stupid levels, and Nvidia techs gave you a good bollocking if you even looked like you were going to mess with the settings.

From a purely visual point of view, however, it's hard not to be impressed with the fact that actual games released this year, on hardware that's going to be available in less than a month, are going to have real-time ray tracing built into them.

For example, Shadow of the Tomb Raider uses ray tracing only for shadows, Assetto Corsa, Battlefield 5, Atomic Heart and some other games use ray tracing only for reflections and refractions, and Metro Exodus uses ray tracing only for global illumination.

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