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Nvidia's Ray Tracing For GTX 10-Series Cards Will Drag Down FPS

Nvidia's Ray Tracing For GTX 10-Series Cards Will Drag Down FPS

This certainly proves the point that Nvidia is trying to emphasize, ray tracing works better on Turing. Those demos are available to download today from NVIDIA's website, while the Game Ready driver for GTX cards can be found on the company's Drivers page. Along with DXR support, it also offers optimisations for Anno 1800.

Performance takes a hit on GTX hardware, of course, and more demanding games just aren't going to spit out playable framerates on some cards when the ray-traced switch is flipped on. (Our guide to the best graphics cards can help you choose one.) Those GPUs feature dedicated RT cores that accelerate ray tracing, paired with dedicated tensor cores that leverage Nvidia's supercomputers to make games run faster via AI-enhanced supersampling. Nvidia was the first to really begin pushing that boat with the launch of RTX graphics cards, featuring specific hardware to make ray-tracing faster and more efficient.

While speaking with journalists, Nvidia product manager Justin Walker said he recommends playing the games at a 1920 by 1080 resolution, and perhaps downgrading other settings.

If you want to experience the best possible ray tracing, you'll still want to upgrade to an RTX graphics card though. It features ray-traced reflections, ray-traced area light shadows, ray-traced ambient occlusion for characters and NVIDIA DLSS technology. The older GTX 10-series cards, on the other hand, were never created to render the lighting and shadow effects with the same efficiency as their RTX counterparts.

Nvidia has released a new set of drivers that allow owners of GTX graphics cards to enjoy ray tracing with games that support these added visual bells and whistles.

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Announced at GDC 2019, NVIDIA has finally brought ray tracing support to several Pascal-architecture (older generation than the latest Turing-architecture) GTX cards.

This post originally appeared on Tom's Guide.

Unfortunately, things get worse for GTX cards as we move through the different types of ray tracing and up the complexity.

Atomic Heart RTX tech demo -Atomic Heart tech demo is a beautifully detailed tech demo from Mundfish that features raytraced reflections and shadows, as well as NVIDIA DLSS technology. This will allow those with GeForce GTX GPUs to check out ray tracing as opposed to the feature being limited to the GeForce RTX line alone. If you own any of them, you can try out ray tracing in the above-mentioned games. Cores are exclusive to the Nvidia RTX family of GPUs, and until now these have been the only GPUs capable of running real-time ray tracing in the handful of games and demos that currently support it. Thanks to this new driver there are now "tens of millions of DXR GPUs" in consumer PCs.

Unfortunately, the ray tracing won't be coming to GTX 1060 3GB, GTX 1050 or GTX 1030 cards.


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