Nvidia RTX 2070 Is The Minimum Requirement For Real-time Ray Tracing

Nvidia RTX 2070 is one of the cards that have been announced at the latest event and this is the mid-range model that is going to be released in the near future and it is going to cost around $500 MSRP. This is going to be the bare minimum that you will need in order to experience real-time ray tracing which is one of the major selling points of the new Nvidia RTX graphics cards.

We have seen the Nvidia RTX 2070 cards that have been announced by Asus and they are similar to the over variants that we have seen from the company. Moving on to the performance of the Nvidia RTX 2070 that you can expect to get. Nvidia’s Tom Petersen touched on the matter and the following is what he had to say in this regard:

It turns out five billion is about entry price for a good ray traced experience. So Pascal, at our highest level, could cast – if you software emulated – around a billion. So we’re going from a billion to 5 or 6 billion.

Ray tracing is very intensive indeed so it is not surprising that the Nvidia RTX 2070 is the bare minimum that is needed, even if it is only being used for lighting and reflections. This means that the upcoming 2060 and 2050 graphics cards are not going to be branded as RTX and that they will not support real-time ray tracing.

We also know that these graphics cards are not going to be coming out this year, so we will need to wait a while in order to see what kind of boost in performance they will have to offer as compared to the GT 1060 and 1050. Petersen went on to mention the following:

So I would say with 6 Giga Rays you can definitely imagine you’re not going to be able to ray trace the same way you do with a 2080 Ti, but kind of like level-of-detail, or like Ultra, Min, Max settings, you’re going to cast fewer rays. It’ll be a little less sharp in the reflection, a little less clear in the ambient occlusion, but it’s still going to look pretty good.

Let us know what you think about the Nvidia RTX 2070 and whether or not this is something that you are interested in getting when it comes out later this year.