New Nvidia Drivers Unlock Ray Tracing on GTX Cards

Nvidia Delivers Ray Tracing Driver for Previous-Gen Pascal Cards, New Demos

You can download the new GeForce Game Ready drivers with DXR support on Pascal-based graphics cards right here. It will also make use of Nvidia's DLSS technology. The driver revision also sees a large jump, indicating this is a major update-Nvidia has gone from version 419.67 to 425.31.

Battlefield V, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and Metro Exodus now support real-time ray tracing. This list of graphic cards does not have dedicated RT cores, hence its ray-tracing capability is limited. All of the tuning for DXR support has presumably been done exclusively on Nvidia GPUs, so how AMD cards would perform in these workloads or with these features enabled is still unknown.

In Battlefield V, for example (above, click to enlarge), the GTX 1660 Ti is actually neck-and-neck with the GTX 1080, as is the GTX 1660 with the GTX 1070. However, with some tweaking to settings and a resolution of 1080p, some games may in fact be playable with DXR enabled. DLSS requires Nvidia's Tensor cores, which are not present on the GTX 10 or GTX 16 GPUs.

Good news for the GTX graphics cards owners: Nvidia has just released a set of drivers that will allow them to enjoy the joys of ray tracing for all the games that support it. While it isn't the same level of RTX support on the GTX cards, the driver update will allow some basic ray tracing effects keeping the ray count low. However, besides the GTX 1660 TI and GTX 1660, these cards are built on Nvidia's last-gen Pascal architecture, which means the 10-series cards will need to use their CUDA cores to chew through ray-tracing calculations.

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This post originally appeared on Tom's Guide. But the company has duly warned the users that the experience of the technology on the GTX GPUs will not be close to that of the RTX GPUs because the RTX cards were made with hardware that is supposed to amplify this technology. This was a major advancement that captured global attention, as previously real-time ray tracing at this level of fidelity had been impossible, with all ray tracing instead done offline on very big server farms. He stated that even the most powerful GTX GPU which is the 1080ti will only be able to exhibit the ray tracing features at a maximum resolution of 1080p.

With the exception of Metro Exodus's intense Global Illumination, the newer GeForce RTX 1660 and 1660 Ti deliver roughly as much performance as Nvidia's older GTX 1080 flagship with ray tracing enabled. That's pretty impressive considering how much cheaper the GTX 16-series cards are, and just goes to show how much work their Turing GPU's putting in despite the absence of proper RT cores.

Atomic Heart RTX tech demo - Atomic Heart tech demo is a beautifully detailed tech demo from Mundfish that features ray traced reflections and shadows, as well as NVIDIA DLSS technology.

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