Tuesday August 14, 2018

NVIDIA Unveils Turing GPU for the RTX Quadro Lineup

Jensen kicked off the RTX Quadro cards by showing that now-famous Stormtrooper ray-tracing demo running in real time on a single Turing GPU with its Tensor Cores. The Tensor Cores provide up to 500 trillion operations per second that fill in where the real time ray-tracing comes up short. Deep learning on your ray-tracing to put it simply. Turing is 6X faster at rasterization than Pascal. The new RTX Quadro cards price out at $2,300 for the Quadro RTX 5000, $6,300 for the Quadro RTX 6000, and $10,000 Quadro for the RTX 8000.

Ray-traced graphics offer incredible realism. Interactive graphics driven by GPUs offer speed and responsiveness. The two now come together in the greatest leap since the invention of the CUDA GPU in 2006, NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang announced Monday.

Speaking at the SIGGRAPH professional graphics conference in Vancouver, Huang unveiled Turing, NVIDIA’s eighth-generation GPU architecture, bringing ray tracing to real-time graphics. He also introduced the first Turing-based GPUs - the NVIDIA Quadro RTX 8000, Quadro RTX 6000 and Quadro RTX 5000. And he detailed the Quadro RTX Server, a reference architecture for the $250 billion visual effects industry.

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