CES 2019

Nvidia Advances Graphics with Ray Tracing GeForce RTX

credit: Buchanan Westover

As Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang walked out, he started with a simple statement: This conference will be all about gaming. For a company known for their gaming and computer technology, they certainly didn’t disappoint. With the introduction of the new GeForce RTX 2060, gaming has been brought into the new generation.

 The GeForce RTX utilizes Nvidia’s newest computer graphics technology and GPU, the Nvidia RTX and Turing GPU respectively. Current graphics technology mainly utilizes rasterization – turning geometry of the 3D world to pixels in 2D space – and while this is incredibly efficient, rasterization has its limitations as three key areas – reflections, shadows, and refractions – look dull.

By using ray-tracing, the reflections and lighting in real time look more realistic.

Ray tracing, on the other hand, creates lifelike images by following the light from every single point of light, following any refraction or reflection. Because of the computational power needed to create this in real-time, ray tracing could not be implemented into 3D gaming.

With Nvidia RTX, ray tracing, artificial intelligence, rasterization and hybrid rendering are all enabled. Powered by the new Turing GPU, computationally difficult tasks like ray tracing can be done quick enough in real-time.

With the help of Nvidia’s Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS), users of Nvidia RTX can continue to enjoy high framerates for video games. DLSS is a deep learning process that has been trained to recreate high quality images. Effectively, it reduces the computational load on ray tracing and in some cases, create beautifully ray traced images and improving frame rates.

This ray tracing solution will be available January 15th for $349. Consumers can also opt to purchase special bundle packages with either Anthem or Battlefield 5, enjoying the smooth gameplay and ray traced graphics.

Other notes:

  • With Nvidia’s G-Sync Ultimate program, Nvidia will test A-Sync monitors. Those that pass their tests will have the ray tracing solution optimized for its specifications. However only 12 out of 400 have passed this test so far.
  • Nvidia also announced 40 notebooks utilizing GeForce RTX. These notebooks will use the Max-Q design, stylishly sleek but powerful for gaming.

photo credit: Buchanan Westover

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