Nvidia Announced Turing-Based Quadro RTX GPUs with dedicated ray-tracing hardware

Delia Walker
August 17, 2018

NVIDIA announced its first Turing architecture-based GPUs, which enables designers and artists to render photorealistic scenes in real time, add new AI-based capabilities to their workflows, and enjoy fluid interactivity with complex models and scenes.

How Turing will translate into gaming graphics isn't clear.

"Turing is Nvidia's most important innovation in computer graphics in more than a decade", said Nvidia founder and CEO Jensen Huang at the start of the annual SIGGRAPH conference.

During a briefing on the new GPU line, Pette said: "When I joined this business twenty years ago, real-time ray tracing was the holy grain of computer graphics". Given that Gamescom is just around the corner, Nvidia could unveil its next-generation RTX 2080 graphics chip at that venue. All three cards support dual-GPU use with NVLink connectivity, effectively doubling the available memory. The company's top GPU, the RTX 8000, packs 4,608 CUDA Cores, 576 Tensor Cores and 48GB of memory and will retail for $10,000. But the dark era appears to be ending.

While the initial target markets include movie and production studios, analyst Rob Enderle said because so many enterprises have video projects, servers based on Nvidia's new architecture will find broad appeal.

In the video (which you can watch below), Nvidia shows off what is clearly a new video card, but its hard to make out details due to clever camera angles.

The timing of the two leaks, the weekend ahead of this Siggraph unveiling, seems significant.

Nvidia's streaming multiprocessors are the building blocks of its architectures, the design of which dictates how its GPUs are created. These new features would upgrade graphic techniques that simulate how light works. "Combined with new graphics technologies such as variable rate shading, the Turing SM achieves unprecedented levels of performance per core". Quadro Infinity lets multiple users access a single GPU through virtual workstations which the company said will "dramatically increase the density of the data center" saving both space and power. Indeed, the new RT cores allow ray tracing to perform at 25x that of the company's previous Pascal architecture. As you might expect, Samsung's GDDR6 chips are also more energy efficient, consuming 35% less power than the "leading GDDR5 graphics solutions". More information at http://nvidianews.nvidia.com/.

Also built into the Quadro GTX cards is hardware support for the recently announced VirtualLink standard.

By comparison, Nvidia's Pascal architecture offers 11.8 billion stores with 24Gb RAM and 10GHz throughput. "With a single, high-bandwidth cable, VirtualLink unlocks the full potential of the PC to power incredible VR experiences". We can do fantastic things, but they take a lot of effort like placing invisible lights in the environment. Additionally, the video seems to contain Global Positioning System coordinates that lead directly to the location of Nvidia's GeForce Gaming Celebration, which will be held during Gamescom.

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