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Nvidia enabling ray tracing on GTX cards in the upcoming update

Published: 14:59, 19 March 2019
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Nvidia officially announced that ray tracing technology will be enabled on GTX cards in the upcoming, April 2019 driver update. RTX will be supported on ten GTX cards, starting from Ge Force GTX 1060 6GB and all the way up to Titan cards.

After spending the past year trying to convince players to go for their new cards, that offer exclusive features such as real-time ray tracing technology and DLSS, Nvidia are now ready to offer a small hint of the RTX to those who own GTX cards.

In their GDC 2019 keynote, Nvidia officially announced that their RTX feature will be enabled on some GTX cards in the upcoming April 2019 update. Nvidia say that the update will introduce "basic ray tracing capabilities" only on GeForce GTX GPUs with sufficient performance and memory.

The cards that will get RTX support in April 2019 update include:

  • GTX 1060 6GB
  • GTX 1070
  • GTX 1070ti
  • GTX 1080
  • GTX 1080ti
  • GTX 1660
  • GTX 1660ti

As you can see from the list, some of the cards are three-year-old products, which make us wonder what happened to Nvidia's claims that GTX cards' ray tracing performance would be abysmal.

Speaking about performance, you are probably wondering how well or bad can GTX cards push RTX in games like Battlefield V, Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Metro Exodus, which are the three most popular titles with RTX support.

As you can see in the graph below, GTX 1080ti is capable of delivering just above 40 FPS at 1440p and with ray tracing setting set to ultra. On the same settings, RTX 2080 reaches just above 60 FPS.

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The difference is similar in Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Metro Exodus where GTX 1080ti reaches around 25 and 19 FPS respectively. RTX 2080 can deliver around 45 FPS in both games.

Keep in mind that Nvidia's graphs will almost certainly try to show the RTX card as a superior product, which is why the cards are tested on high resolution and with RTX on ultra setting. 

Once the driver update drops sometime in April 2019, we'll have a clearer picture at the RTX performance on GTX series cards. 

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