Here's how Battlefield 5 looks with Nvidia RTX effects

21 August, 2018, 15:25 | Author: Bennie Parsons
  • Nvidia announces new raytracing-focused RTX 2080, 2080 Ti graphics cards

Nvidia on Monday officially rolled out its next graphics cards for PC gaming, the GeForce RTX family, starting at $499.

But Nvidia's founder and boss Jensen Huang has touted the Turing architecture as the largest development in Nvidia's history noting it's the "greatest leap since we created CUDA" and as such has the power and architecture to handle real-time ray-tracing in graphics cards the average Joe or Jill can buy.

The first thing that does need to be said, however, is that we were obviously playing early versions of the RTX builds of both games, and with relatively early drivers for the RTX 2080 Ti graphics card too. The possibilities include deferred shading, and real-time transparency and translucency effects with objects in motion. This is impossible to do with traditional screen-space reflections.

The difficulty is that the latest Tomb Raider looks great at 4K, with richly detailed textures; with your $999 graphics card do you really want to be playing games at 1080p any more?

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


NVIDIA computer graphic cards are shown for sale at a retail store in San Marcos, California, U.S. August 14, 2018. It also has a 185W TDP rating. The new RTX 2080 Ti, RTX 2080 and RTX 2070 are now up for pre-orders from the GPU manufacturer. All the new GPUs will feature at least 8GB GDDR6 memory on a 256-bit bus, and will have 185W TDP rating.

Three GPUs were revealed, all in the new RTX 20 series. The GTX 2080 Ti and GTX 2080 are up for pre-orders right now, and will be available on September 20.

To deliver record-breaking performance, the factory-overclocked GeForce RTX 2080 uses 225 Watts of power out of the box and tops out around 280 Watts for enthusiasts chasing ultimate overclocking performance. Keep in mind that the new RTX GPUs start at $799, and go up to $1,199 for the RTX 2080 Ti, so the pricing of the Alienware machines will vary depending on which GPU you choose. Zotac has not officially confirmed these prices. There's also no word yet on the availability of the GeForce RTX 2070. "For those unfamiliar, offerings in MSI's Duke series use an extremely long 12.3" (31.5 cm) triple-fan cooler.

NVIDIA has ditched its blower-style cooling setup this time around and has made a decision to go with a more traditional dual-fan configuration. Huang promised that the cards will run whisper-quiet even when fully stressed and overclocked.

Hardware support for USB Type-C™ and VirtualLink™, a new open industry standard being developed to meet the power, display and bandwidth demands of next-generation VR headsets through a single USB-C™ connector.

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