Alienware Announces Upgraded Gaming Desktops With Nvidia RTX GPUs

21 August, 2018, 17:57 | Author: Rickey Flowers
  • Jensen Huang of Nvidia

AMD released its RX Vega line of cards in August previous year, which competed with the GTX 10-series. Nvidia usually waits a while before launching the Ti versions of its GPUs, but this time around the company has launched the 2080 Ti alongside the normal version.

The new chips, which will cost $499 for the GeForce RTX 270 and $999 for the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, are available for preorders now and will be widely available as of September 20.

However with RTX, Nvidia is making the ability to calculate calculate these complicated scenes way faster, and even quick enough for ray tracing to be used in real-time - such as in another recent teaser demo.

The RTX 2080 Ti will set you back $1899 AUD, whilst the RTX 2080 costs $1199 AUD.

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The company is upgrading the Alienware Aurora and Area 51 gaming desktops to include Nvidia's new GPUs. Prices and specs didn't appear in this initial leak, but the page does include hard confirmation that the cards will ship with a bump to Nvidia's Turing chip architecture. You can see the result in the section of the launch event starting at 1hour and 1 minute, as Huang shows off the Epic Games Infiltrator demo. It's also capable of kicking out the aforementioned 10 Giga rays per second and 78 trillion RTX operations per second. This technology creates photo-realistic graphics using a new rendering and lighting technique. These games will utilize the new DirectX Raytracing (DXR) API developed by Microsoft on Windows. They are based on its recently launched chip blueprint called "Turing", which Nvidia is also using for higher-priced chips announced last week for game designers, movie makers and other computer graphics professionals.

The new GPU architecture has been created to support Nvidia's RTX suite of hardware and software algorithms to help generate ray tracing on the fly, hence the switch from the GTX nomenclature to the RTX prefix.

I still have hope that the Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti will get driver support, that will increase performance and Shadow Of The Tomb Raider should run fine on the new graphics cards. Nvidia's CEO Jensen Huang discussed various ways that AI can be leveraged in real time to make gaming graphics better thanks to the Tensor cores. Nvidia's G-Sync feature means titles running under the card will have tear-free gameplay, refresh rates of up to 240 Hz, HDR, and 4K.

The 2070 accelerates real-time ray tracing up to 6 GigaRays per second - five times that of the Titan X, Huang noted. All the new GPUs will feature at least 8GB GDDR6 memory on a 256-bit bus, and will have 185W TDP rating.

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