Rumored to be the foundation of Nvidia's next family of GeForce cards for gamers, the company instead showcased its new eighth-generation design in Quadro RTX-branded cards for professionals: the Quadro RTX 8000, the RTX 6000 and the RTX 5000. According to Nvidia, this is the biggest leap in performance since CUDA was introduced in 2006 and that this innovation "reinvents computer graphics". The RT Cores are stated as accelerating the computation of how light and sound travel in 3D environments at up to 10 GigaRays a second.
While Nvidia's focus was on the use of the Quadro RTX for real-time ray tracing, the hardware also includes other tweaks: in addition to between 3,702 and 4,608 CUDA processing cores per card, depending on model, the Quadro RTX family also includes between 384 and 576 Tensor Cores, created to accelerate deep-learning and other artificial intelligence tasks.
Nvidia Corp on Monday released a new generation of chips aimed at helping expand its business among movie makers and other graphics professionals.
The real benefits of the two new computational engines - Ray Tracing and Tensor Cores is also far greater than even Nvidia might be admitting at the moment. The new series of GPUs are specifically designed for ray tracing and intensive AI-based computation tasks. These GPUs are aimed at high end design such as film and video content as well as design in automotive and architectural fields. The arrival of real-time ray tracing is the Holy Grail of our industry.
The cards will incorporate "new and enhanced" VR technology such as variable rate shading, multi-view rendering and VRWorks audio and represent the first implementation of 16 Gb GDDR6 memory from Samsung, supporting applications including 8K film production and post, the company said. Its objective is to simply the connection of the next generation of virtual reality (VR) hardware by allowing VR headsets to be connected to PC using a single high-capacity USB-C cable. The new Quadro RTx GPUs are a culmination of the company's efforts in recent years. Quadro Infinity will enable multiple users to access a single GPU through virtual workstations, dramatically increasing the density of the datacenter. NVIDIA states that the new RTX Server can be used for small installations all the way up to the largest data centers. "Autodesk and NVIDIA are working together to deliver these advancements to the market and we look forward to the new tools and capabilities Quadro RTX will deliver to our customers".