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New Nvidia GeForce Drivers Enables Ray-Tracing For Select GTX Cards

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As revealed a few weeks back, Nvidia is now letting select GeForce GTX cards from the past generation to use software-based ray-tracing technology via DXR.

A new driver update is now live and for the cards listed below, you can try running ray-tracing now, though it won’t be as powerful as the RTX cards with dedicated hardware solely handling ray-tracing.

The supported cards are as follows:

  • GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
  • GeForce GTX 1660
  • NVIDIA TITAN Xp (2017)
  • NVIDIA TITAN X (2016)
  • GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
  • GeForce GTX 1080
  • GeForce GTX 1070 Ti
  • GeForce GTX 1070
  • GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
  • And laptops with equivalent Pascal and Turing-architecture GPUs

In addition, Nvidia has made available three new demos that you can download for free and run benchmarks, specifically showcasing ray-tracing. One is for an upcoming FPS Atomic Heart, the other is by Chinese-made MMO Justice and the last one is the Reflections Demo, which first shown when RTX was introduced, developed by Epic Games and ILMxLAB.

The demos can be downloaded here.

We honestly believe it’s still too early to go buy RTX cards just yet, as we have justified in the Predator Triton 500 review. But with more availability of compatible hardware and software, maybe ray-tracing won’t just be another tech fad that will peter off.