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Nvidia RTX GPUs bring ray tracing to PC gaming

Nvidia RTX GPUs bring ray tracing to PC gaming

NVIDIA has released two new trailers for Metro Exodus and Atomic Heart, detailing their real-time ray tracing features. VideoCardz only had the regular EVGA XC Ultra RTX 2080 box art and graphics cards shots to share.

According to one of Wccftech's sources, shipments of the RTX 2070 and 2060 will not begin until the end of October/early November, at the earliest. And it's the 2070 that's looking to come a little later.

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Though there weren't any distinct area lights, the likes of which we saw in the seriously impressive on-stange Tomb Raider demo, it was using a single light source - the sun - and used that to create all the ray traced shadowing in the gameworld. The former version of the card weighs in at $799; a pretty steep price but not beyond the wallets of some PC gaming enthusiasts.

However, there were some caveats following Nvidia's reveal.

Acer and Dell aren't the only ones ready to take advantage of NVIDIA's new RTX 20 series. Unsurprisingly, they're more expensive than the GTX 1080 series was on release but, arguably, they're more fairly priced due to the power that's on offer after such a short turnaround period.

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Nvidia avoided drawing comparisons to its Pascal-based cards in more traditional workloads, while pushing the price of its flagship Founders Edition board up by more than 70 percent.

Nvidia will sell the new RTX cards through partners such as Asus, EVGA, and Gigabyte. 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. An image of the prices from the Nvidia Australian site is reproduced below. Special editions with higher speeds and better cooling features will cost $100 to $200 extra.

The GPUs will range from $499 to $999 (roughly Rs. 35,000 to Rs. 70,000) and will be available in retail stores starting September 20, Chief Executive Jensen Huang said at the event. There is no estimated date for the launch of the GTX 2070.

For those of you wanting raw tech specs, the RTX 2070 is said to offer more performance for ray tracing than Nvidia's own Titan Xp card released previous year. Clocked at 1,350MHz with 4352 CUDA cores and 11GB of GDDR6 RAM - this isn't a card to be sniffed at. You can also watch the latest trailer from this evening.

We'll also note that the gaming PCs at Nvidia's event were arranged in the worst way possible, with nearly all the machines exhausting heat directly toward the next one behind it. Be sure to keep your eyes locked to TechRadar, as it won't be long before we fully review this new heir to rule the kingdom of graphics cards.