Nvidia teases ray tracing-focused 'RTX 2080' in easter egg-filled video

Galtero Lara
Agosto 15, 2018

On top of the Turing reveal Nvidia has released a video teaser pointing to an event at Gamescom.

That might sound like a made up unit of measuring performance, but Nvidia claims Turing can process real-time ray tracing 25-times faster than the previous Pascal architecture. One of the chatters' handles is "RoyTeX", whose capitalization nearly certainly alludes to the RTX branding introduced last night on the Quadro RTX series of graphics cards.

Nvidia might also be making a new leap in gaming graphics cards as well, perhaps on the scale of Fermi to Kepler or Kepler to Maxwell, both of which were very large leaps in performance despite not always using a different process node. If the RTX 2080 is built on the same Turing architecture, the addition of ray tracing alone could bring a huge graphical boost to supported games.

Semantics aside, the Quadro RTX family of GPUs is certainly impressive: the entry-level Quadro RTX 5000 includes 16GB of Samung GDDR6 memory and can render at six gigarays per second (6GR/s) using its dedicated ray tracing cores (RT Cores); the mid-range Quadro RTX 6000 packs 24GB of memory and 10GR/s rendering performance; and the range-topping Quadro RTX 8000 includes 48GB of memory at the same performance level. For the most part, clues are hidden in the messages and usernames of gamers in featured in the video, and it's definitely worth watching to spot them for yourself (warning: you may get seriously hyped up).

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First spotted by users on Reddit, Nvidia's teaser video hints at the name of the new graphics cards.

Turing is comprised in 3 sections: Tensor cores, CUDA cores, and finally the new RT core. With the focus on "RTX Core" technology, this makes a lot of sense.

Quadro GPUs based on Turing will be initially available in the fourth quarter.

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