Nvidia jumps after announcing its next generation of GeForce graphics cards (NVDA)

Florence Fletcher
August 21, 2018

You might also notice that the card is fully enveloped by a lovely shroud, and even the NVLINK connector is protected by a matching removable cover, giving GeForce RTX GPUs a clean appearance.

Acer and Dell aren't the only ones ready to take advantage of NVIDIA's new RTX 20 series. After showing a trailer for Battlefield V, which supports the new technology, Huang announced that the game will go into open beta on Sep. 6. NVIDIA's OEM partners will be building off the reference designs, while the Founders Edition cards will feature the same base clocks but higher boost clocks.

The 2070 starts at $499, while the 2080 starts at $699, while the 2080 Ti starts at $999. Along with the usual speed and enhanced graphics that entails, this also means GeForce RTX supports real-time ray tracing in supported games - including Battlefield 5, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and Metro Exodus.

The biggest selling point of the gaming chips released on Monday is an improvement in so-called "real-time ray tracing", or the ability for the chip to simulate how light rays will bounce around in a visual scene, which helps video games and other computer graphics more closely resemble shadows and reflections in the real world.

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The Strix models also benefit from what Asus calls "auto-extreme technology", essentially a new manufacturing process for the company which allows all the soldering on the board to be completed in a single pass, which should make for a more reliable GPU overall.

But still, it's tough not to be a little concerned when the ultra-expensive, ultra-enthusiast RTX 2080 Ti isn't able to hit 60fps at 1080p in Shadow of the Tomb Raider. The new features deliver 4K HDR gaming at 60 frames per second on even the most advanced titles, Nvidia says. All of this pieces are according to the website listing and the cards can be pre-ordered directly from NVIDIA over on the website. This is also build on the work the company has done with Microsoft to get its DirectX Ray tracing (DXR) into games too. Either way, you can be sure we're going to put the new 20-series cards through the ringer when they become available next month.

The new GPU architecture has been created to support Nvidia's RTX suite of hardware and software algorithms to help generate ray tracing on the fly, hence the switch from the GTX nomenclature to the RTX prefix. For a lifetime PC gaming nerd that's super-exciting; as Jen-Hsun's said, it's always been the holy grail of PC graphics. Ray-Tracing will only be supported on these cards, so if you're looking for the absolute best that's more than just a resolution change, these cards are it.

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