Nvidia RTX and GTX video cards offer some of the fastest processing available for 3D graphics. While the GTX line of cards once marked the height of real-time graphics rendering, the newer RTX line has surpassed the old benchmarks for ray tracing and cinematic lighting.

Nvidia's RTX processors are the first video cards to implement dedicated ray-tracing cores for accelerated 3D rendering. The difference in video quality is stunning, and the results are unprecedented. While newer GTX processors include many of the features native to the RTX line, they lack the machine learning hardware that enables RTX chips to process 3D graphics up to six times faster than previous GPUs.

Will Nvidia Continue to Manufacture 10-Series GTX Cards?

New Nvidia graphics cards feature Turing Architecture, the trade name of Nvidia's latest proprietary hardware. Turing Architecture offers a new level of processing efficiency and rendering capability for any that supports it. Many new games support this new architecture with options for real-time cinematic rendering.

Although 10-series GTX cards lack Nvidia's Turing Architecture, the newer 16-series cards include it. With this new line of GTX video cards in production, Nvidia will likely discontinue its 10-series GPUs in coming months. For enthusiasts with enough money to buy the best video processors currently available, the 20-series RTX cards offer a spectacular experience for playing games or processing 3D graphics.

Which Games Support RTX Graphics Processing?

Popular games such as Minecraft, Call of Duty, Wolfenstein and Cyberpunk 2077 support the new RTX graphics hardware with enhanced visual effects and cinematic lighting. Support for Turing Architecture processing is in its infancy, however. In the coming years, as advanced becomes more affordable, additional rendering features will become standard. Features such as adaptive shading, concurrent arithmetical operations and Nvidia's proprietary Deep Learning Super Sampling technology will offer Hollywood-style 3D graphics with on-the-fly rendering. RTX rendering will make lighting feel more natural and believable, so visual effects such as fires, explosions and laser beams will be very convincing.

As this ray-tracing technology develops, it will become more affordable and less power-hungry. With a smaller energy footprint, RTX processing technology could become standard in most video cards.

The “RT” in RTX stands for ray tracing, which is a core feature of all modern graphics cards, including Nvidia's GTX cards and AMD's Radeon cards. With faster on-the-fly ray-tracing technology, video cards of the future will be smaller and operate at cooler temperatures.

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