Square Enix®, Eidos-Montréal™, and Crystal Dynamics® announced today that Shadow of the Tomb Raider is being developed on the NVIDIA RTX platform and will be among the first games to feature real-time ray tracing as a rendering technique.
At the top of the stack is the ZOTAC RTX 2080 Ti AMP video card. You'll also need two 8-pin power connectors to run the card, and NVIDIA recommends a 650-watt power supply. The RTX 2070 offers around twice the performance of the previous $1200 Titan XP and starts at $499 (or $599 for Nvidia's Founder's Edition), scaling up to the RTX 2080 and RTX 2080Ti for $699 and $999 respectively (again, $799 and $1199 for Founder's).
It's not a lot of info, but ahead of Nvidia's keynote on the eve of Gamecom in Germany, MSI has jumped the gun and released details of its RTX 20-series of cards.
The regular GeForce RTX 2080 engine, meanwhile, is overclocked at 1710MHz with 2944 CUDA cores and 8GB of GDDR6 RAM.
While we certainly expect the RTX 2080 Ti to be faster than its predecessors, the real question is by just how much.
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Ray tracing allows the computer to work out how light would behave as it interacts with different surfaces and objects at all kinds of angles. Along with the new RT Cores and Tensor Cores, these cards also include a new NGX neural graphics framework for AI algorithms, GDDR6 memory with 600GB/s bandwidth, new NVIDIA NVLink with a higher 100 GB/s bandwidth for SLI, hardware support for USB-C and VirtualLink, and other technologies such as Variable Rate Shading, Multi-View Rendering and VRWorks Audio.
Update: NVIDIA has revealed India price of RTX 2080 Ti, RTX 2080 and RTX 2070 GPU at Rs 102,500, Rs 68,500 and Rs 51,200 respectively. Each of the cards features an 11 GB GDDR6 frame buffer and 14 Gbps memory speed. "Now, thanks to NVIDIA RTX technology, we are pleased to announce that Shadow of the Tomb Raider will, quite fittingly, feature real-time shadows".
At this point it's probably better I stop waffling on and let you see for yourself just how the RTX series will inject some serious eye candy into your gaming experience.
Ray Tracing has always been a Holy Grail in the video game industry, with many people wondering whether they would ever witness the technique implemented in actual game releases and not tech demos.
Nvidia is a big name in the gaming industry and keeps coming back with new gaming technology. The RTX 2070 boasts a boost clock of 1620 MHz.