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

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

NVIDIA Corporation has finally released the Game Ready WHQL driver, which provides Microsoft DXR support for GeForce GTX 1000 series GPUs. This certainly proves the point that Nvidia is trying to emphasize, ray tracing works better on Turing.

Starting today, Ray Tracing is available on GeForce GTX 16 Series and GTX 10 Series video cards. While not true in-game benchmarks, they do force GPUs to render ray tracing in real-time. "Games with Global Illumination like Metro Exodus may not be playable [at those settings and resolution]". The performance advantage for the RTX GPUs is another factor, of course, thanks to their dedicated RT cores. The drivers, which have always been baked into the DirectX Ray-tracing (DXR) API, will now enable GeForce GTX graphics cards to utilise the feature, albeit on a software level. Even when DXR effects are lowered to High, the GTX 1080 Ti can barely push over 30fps. It features ray-traced reflections, ray-traced area light shadows, ray-traced ambient occlusion for characters and NVIDIA DLSS technology. In which case there's going to be a lot more going on with this driver than just adding DXR support for more cards; NVIDIA's support schedule calls for Mobile Kepler to be moved to legacy status this month, so I'm expecting that this will be the first driver to omit support for those parts.

Naturally, you have to bear in mind that the performance hit on GTX cards may be a tough blow to take, given that they don't have the fancy on-board tech and dedicated RT cores that really help with rendering scenes with ray tracing (which is an intensive task even for an RTX GPU, after all).

Nvidia GeForce GTX GPU series will now support ray tracing with 553.12MB download size.

This post originally appeared on Tom's Guide.

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As for those aforementioned tech demos, there are three in all: there's the Mundfish-made Atomic Heart RTX tech demo, the Justice tech demo, and the previously-referenced Reflections, which was created by Epic Games in partnership with NVIDIA and ILMxLAB.

Now with this driver, GeForce GTX class graphics cards would be able to execute the ray tracing instructions on traditional shader cores but won't be as fast as their RTX based successor.

Still, if you want to see ray tracing with your own eyes, even a Low quality implementation is better than no ray tracing whatsoever, provided the game runs well enough to play. Or as Nvidia puts it, there are now "tens of millions of DXR GPUs".

The company says reflections can be fairly easy, if there aren't many of them on the screen, and they're on a flat surface (like the puddles in Battlefield V). Have any of you downloaded the new driver yet?

Unfortunately, the ray tracing won't be coming to GTX 1060 3GB, GTX 1050 or GTX 1030 cards.

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