Nvidia unveils Turing GeForce RTX 20 series GPUs with ray-tracing power

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

The new GPUs were unveiled at a special NVIDIA two-day event called the "GeForce Gaming Celebration" which kicked off tonight at the Palladium in Cologne, Germany ahead of Gamescom 2018. While it may not receive quite as much hype as E3, the expo has reached attended of over 300,000 visitors every year since 2013.

We're expecting to hear out first details about the upcoming Nvidia RTX 2080 graphics cards on this evening, hopefully with the release date and some news about pricing being given up too.

We already knew Turing was able to handle ray-tracing thanks to the latest Quadro professional-grade graphics cards Nvidia showed off last week.

MSI has the RTX 2080 listed on Amazon for the same price as the founders edition. The new Turing GPU architecture has ray tracing technology at its heart, hence the use of RTX in the new branding. Based on the company's new Turing architecture, the new graphics card focus on real-time ray tracing application in gaming as well as artificial intelligence.

The biggest selling point of the gaming chips released on Monday is an improvement in so-called "real-time ray tracing", or the ability for the chip to simulate how light rays will bounce around in a visual scene, which helps video games and other computer graphics more closely resemble shadows and reflections in the real world.

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The RTX 20 series will offer up to a six-time performance boost over Nvidia GPUs built with the older Pascal architecture, which was announced in 2016 and is used in the current GTX 10 lineup.

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.

If we had to guess, we'd say that the RTX 2080 will probably be the card most serious PC gamers opt for.

If you're looking to pre-order any of these cards, they won't come cheap. Regardless, those eager to get their hands on one of the new cards as soon as possible can now place a pre-order.

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