Nvidia Debuts "Awesome" Next Gen Chip; Shares Rise

Angelica Greene
August 16, 2018

And last night a big step was made in that direction, with Nvidia revealing their first Ray-Tracing focused GPU using their brand new Turing architecture. These announcements include a new Graphics architecture, Turing, as well as the world's first ray-tracing GPU, the Quadro RTX. The RTX 8000, RTX 6000 and RTX 5000 all feature Samsung's new 16Gb GDDR6 memory, which brings along improved performance and efficiency.

Huang says not only will Turing and the Quadro RTX make unbelievable games today and in the future, it opens access to the $250B visual effects industry that until now could not use GPU acceleration because their requirements are photorealism with global illumination, physically-based materials and to hold large detailed assets. 'Hybrid rendering will change the industry, opening up wonderful possibilities that enhance our lives with more handsome designs, richer entertainment and more interactive experiences.

Real-time ray-tracing of objects and environments with physically accurate shadows, reflections, refractions and global illumination. This combination can simulate the physical world at 6x the speed of the previous Pascal generation.

Nvidia is also making available its new RTX graphics platform for developers to make the most of the new chips.

While the 8000 will have 48GB of memory and sell for $10,000, the 6000 will pack in 24GB of memory for $6,300 and the 5000, with 15GB of memory, will stand at a price of $2,300.

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Nvidia has published a teaser video for its new range of gaming graphics cards, suggesting they will be unveiled next week.

The new family of graphics processing units, called the Quadro RTX, performs at up to "10 gigarays per second" with "16 teraflops of single-precision performance". There, NVIDIA was using their Optix AI-powered denoising filter to clean up ray-traced images, allowing them to save on rendering resources, but the actual ray-tracing was still being done on the GPU cores itself. Other applications include "denoising", resolution scaling and video retiming.

Nvidia introduced its latest graphics chip design, called "Turing", during the SIGGRAPH 2018 conference. With up to 4,608 CUDA cores, Turing supports up to 16 trillion floating point operations in parallel with 16 trillion integer operations per second.

A former chip executive and an analyst with Moor Insights and Strategy, Patrick Moorhead said that, "Where Nvidia gets the biggest bump right now (from a new chip generation) is in the workstation market, which makes it all that more competitive".

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