The event started with Jensen Huang going over the history of GPUs and graphics. The main focus was to show how Turing architecture has revolutionized the gaming industry with its RTX performance.
He focused on how much of an improvement Turing is over Pascal by showing graphs of computing performance.
Before I get to the big reveal, Jensen had led us to believe he was just recapping how important ray tracing was. He went over tensor cores and re-showed demos like the Battle Field V one from GamesCom. After watching the real-time BF V demo, he revealed to us that it was actually running on the newly announced RTX 2060!
The RTX 2060 is available starting January 15th for $349 following partner card shortly after!
For the launch, there is a special bundle giving away Anthem/BFV for the 2060/2070 & both for the 2080/Ti.
There was also an announcement for G-Sync ultimate and the more interesting but short asynchronous G-Sync list of monitors. Essentially, Nvidia tested 400 monitors but only 12 had come back to standard for adaptive Gsync. These monitors will have adaptive sync support through a new driver update on January 15th. He did mention you can turn it on for any monitor but it's at your own risk.
The last thing that Jensen covered was the new thin MaxQ RTX laptops that show performance over a desktop 1070 & 1080.
We were invited to visit the Nvidia booth this year for extra coverage, if there are any specific questions you guys want from the community please let me know.
Good to see the RTX 2060 formally announced. Hopefully this will be the more affordable RTX option, however it will be interesting to see how this stacks up against the previous gen (Minus Ray Tracing). If you are not interested in RT then it may still make more sense to stick with the prior gen. That being said, the RTX 2060 may make sense if you want to take advantage of DLSS.
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You need a driver where they lifted the software lock. It's not yet available to general public. Plus it will be 400+ version and as such not so great for Pascal in other areas. At least my luck with the 400/RTX driver on Pascal has been not that great so far and using an older stable driver that "just works" in everything. They broke things with newer drivers unfortunately.
It was late last night when I finally got the Nvidia content out but I forgot to mention, Jensen focused hardcore on DLSS support and how much better games can look with its AI support. He also talked about how RTX and tensor cores can now be utilized across different programs like OBS, VR, video rendering, and game design.
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