Here's how Battlefield 5 looks with Nvidia RTX effects

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

NVIDIA has launched the long awaited next generation of graphics cards from the company, the GeForce RTX.

A lengthy portion of the Nvidia GeForce Gaming Celebration last night centred upon games that are now in development and the difference that real time raytracing, via GeForce RTX graphics cards, will make in "enabling unparalleled realism" in these upcoming games. These cards will be succeeding Nvidia's current consumer flagship line, the GTX 10 series consisting of GTX 1070, GTX 1080 and GTX 1080 Ti. Nvidia usually waits a while before launching the Ti versions of its GPUs, but this time around the company has launched the 2080 Ti alongside the normal version.

Today during Nvidia's Geforce Celebration hosted in Cologne, the graphics card manufacturer uses some hotly anticipated games to show off its brand new RTX ray tracing technology that will be at the base if the new Geforce RTX 20 series of GPUs.

Ray-Tracing is a term you might have heard bouncing around all year, especially after both Microsoft and Nvidia revealed big plans to incorporate support for its real-time implementation in DirectX and Nvidia hardware respectively earlier in March.

Here's the RTX 2070 Founders Edition and reference card specs. 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. Pre-orders and availability for the RTX 2070 have not yet been announced at time of writing.

The company is upgrading the Alienware Aurora and Area 51 gaming desktops to include Nvidia's new GPUs. Or at least that's what Huang claimed at NVIDIA's GeForce Gaming Celebration event.

The new RTX 2080 Ti, RTX 2080 and RTX 2070 come with in-built real-time ray-tracing technology support. But the cards have special features created to speed up some tasks like artificial intelligence applications and a particular graphics function known as ray tracing that helps depict light reflections.

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.

Battlefield V is slated for a 11 October launch this year, while Shadow of the Tomb Raider will be available across all platform on 14 September this year.

Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang told Monday's Gamescom crowd that the Turing chip shipping in the consumer-grade RTX cards ships with 18.9 billion transistors, and that it includes three discrete processors: the Turing SM, the RT Core, and the Tensor Core. Gamers will be able to play the most recent and upcoming titles in 4K with HDR at frame rates exceeding 60fps, according to Huang.

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