NVIDIA’s next-gen GeForce graphics cards range was announced last month as although there aren’t official benchmarks yet and the cards only release later this month, rumoured performance results look okay, but not great with only at 35% increase in performance compared to the previous generation. However, these cards will cost you an arm and a leg, so why buy one? Probably because of real-time Ray Tracing which is already being supported by a bunch of games.
There is a good chance that the Ray Tracing feature boasted by NVIDIA might not appear in lower cards from the RTX range, for example, the RTX 2060 and RTX 2050. These cards have not been announced yet, heck, we don’t even know the specifications for the RTX 2070 just yet, but we all know lower-end cards will be releasing at some point in the future.
At the Citi 2018 Global Technology Conference, NVIDIA’s CFO, Colette Kress, made a statement (as reported by HotHardware) in which the RTX range was mentioned. I’ve bolded the important part below.
“The cards will come out. We’ll start with the Ray Tracing cards. We have the 2080 Ti, the 2080 and 2070 overall coming to market. This is a major leap in terms of something that people probably weren’t expecting for another 10 years to 15 years.“
So, Colette Kress said they are starting the Ray Tracing cards, naming the big three, the RTX 2080 Ti, 2080 and 2070. It is very likely that the RTX 2060 won’t have real-time Ray Tracing if you ask me, and not just because of NVIDIA’s statement.
Ray Tracing is an extremely power-hungry process and reportedly the RTX 2080 Ti just make it past a solid 60FPS at 1080p in Battlefield V with Ray Tracing enabled. With weaker cards, Ray Tracing would be a useless feature, as gamers might struggle to run titles at a decent FPS with it enabled anyway.
As always, keep in mind that NVIDIA hasn’t officially announced the specifications and abilities of the lower-end GPUs in the RTX range. However, it does make sense that this extremely power-hungry Ray Tracing feature might simply not work well enough on lower-end GPUs such as the RTX 2060 and 2050.
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