Nvidia reveals $800 GeForce RTX 2080 at Gamescom 2018

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It's been over two years since the current generation of Nvidia's graphics cards were released.

In India, listings for four Zotac GeForce RTX graphics cards have appeared online with prices starting at Rs. 70,990 for a GeForce RTX 2080 with a basic blower-style cooler, and going up to Rs. 1,09,990 for a triple-fan overclocked Amp Edition version of the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti.

Follow Nvidia's stock price in real-time here. The Founders Editions will be priced at $599, $799 and $1,199, respectively. Australian pricing for the 2070 is yet to be confirmed and is not yet available to pre-order here in Australia. Nvidia's new graphics could also represent an inflection point for gaming, with cutting-edge graphics that could translate to a significant revenue boost for the chipmaker in the short- to medium-term. Earlier this month, Nvidia had launched its new Quadro line of GPUs at SIGGRAPH Computer Conference, which were the first GPUs from the company to sport the Turing architecture. Or at least that's what Huang claimed at NVIDIA's GeForce Gaming Celebration event.

"Turing opens up a new golden age of gaming, with realism only possible with ray tracing, which most people thought was still a decade away", said Jensen Huang, founder, and CEO of NVIDIA, speaking before Gamescom, the world's largest gaming expo.

Ray-tracing is a rendering and lighting technique used to create realistic graphics using real-time light reflections and cinematic effects. Developers include EA, Square Enix, EPIC Games, and more.

Nvidia's new RTX 20 series of graphics cards, including the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, 2080 and 2070, are impressive pieces of kit, but they're also super expensive.

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Because you need to calculate a ray of light for each and every pixel on your camera, which is your screen, ray tracing is extremely computationally intensive compared to standard rendering techniques.

GeForce RTX will also support Deep Learning Super-Sampling (DLSS), which will be coming in Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Final Fantasy XV, Ark: Survival Evolved, Hitman 2, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, Serious Sam 4 and more.

So far, Nvidia has not announced when it will launch lower-end models of the RTX series.

The base variant, which is the RTX 2070 is capable of producing 8 Teraflops of power along with 6 Gigarays per second, this means it can compute 45 trillion simultaneous RTX operations.

There were quite a few demos at the presentation that show the difference between the performance of the Pascal architecture GPUs and the Turing ones.

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