Ray Tracing: The Power Behind NVIDIA’s 20-Series GPUs

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What Is Ray Tracing?

Remember in August of last year when NVIDIA announced the launch of the brand new RTX 20 series graphics cards – the successor to the incredibly popular Geforce 10 series – and the internet exploded with speculation and mass hysteria? I do. That’s because the announcement of a new line of graphics cards from NVIDIA was a big deal.

Boasting unprecedented graphical capabilities and pc gaming performance,  the anticipation for the RTX 20 series cards was so high that NVIDIA faced extreme difficulty fulfilling initial orders for the cards during the immediate months proceeding the launch. Feeding into the anticipation was the announcement that the new RTX cards would have the compute capability to perform ray tracing in real time. Now if you’re like me, you probably asked yourself, “Well, what the hell is ray tracing?” I wouldn’t blame you for not understanding, especially after NVIDIA’s meme-able RTX ON/RTX OFF video. Dubbed “the holy grail of gaming graphics” by NVIDIA, ray tracing – simply put – is a rendering technique that “traces” a path or paths of light in a digital image to create a realistic simulation of the interaction between the light and a virtual object. Still sounds confusing, right? Let’s look at the example below.


Here we have two screenshots from EA’s Battlefield V game running on our testing rig using an EVGA RTX 2080 Ti FTW3 GAMING card. Both images have impressive graphics, but have subtle differences that set the RTX cards apart from previous graphics cards. In both images, there is some sort of explosion happening in the background. In the first image, you can see the explosion near my character, but notice how the foreground of the scene remains dark. Now look at the second image. Notice how the light from the fire illuminates the gun my character is holding and how it reflects of the puddles of water on the ground? That’s ray tracing. Any way I decide to have my character move throughout the scene, the light from the fire will reflect off of surfaces that it normally would in real life, and adjust accordingly in real time. In the first image you can see the fire, but you cannot see how the light from the fire illuminates and reflects off the metal on my character’s gun or the water puddles. The comparison below further illustrates the effects of ray tracing on virtual objects.

Enabling Ray Tracing

Alright so now that you know what ray tracing is, you’ll need to know how to turn it on. Unfortunately, activating ray tracing isn’t as simple as having a RTX gpu and playing a ray tracing enabled game. You’ll have to make sure you’ve completed a couple of steps first:

  1. Make sure that the GPU drivers are up to date.
  2. Update Windows 10 to at least version 1089 (You may have to manually download this update).
  3. Go to the video settings in your ray tracing enabled game (Battlefield V is under “Advanced” video settings) and enable DX12.
  4. You’ll have to then restart the game for the changes to take effect.

Once you’ve completed these steps, you’ll be able to experience ray tracing in all its glory!


Look, I know what you’re thinking. Improved lighting effects and renderings? Really? It might seem like a trivial upgrade, but real-time ray tracing is a big deal and an enormous step forward in terms of what pc gaming graphics are capable of. There aren’t many games currently available that utilize NVIDIA’s ray tracing feature (Battlefield V, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Metro Exodues, etc.), but if you find yourself playing one that does, remember to turn ray tracing on!

RTX Launch Issues

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The Problem with RTX 2080 Ti's Launch Cards:

After the release of the RTX 2080  we started hearing a lot of mixed reviews, and eventually some problems have come to light. It seems the expensive new Turing architecture RTX cards capable of ray-tracing may have been a little rushed.

Many users had issues with the NVIDIA RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition cards glitching and it seems a culprit has been found and the issue resolved. The new cards now ship with new memory cards as they replaced the original GDDR6 memory from Micron with new Samsung memory which seems to have fixed these issues. It seems this poor memory along with bad screw connections on the cooler and cold solder joints were causing the issues. We certainly had our share of defective cards but they seem to have resolved the issue now and our new cards are running great!

Grab a new EVGA RTX 2080 Ti FTW3 ULTRA GAMING (with Samsung memory) today!

The Best RTX 2080 Ti Cards

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ASUS RTX 2080 Ti ROG STRIX Overclocked Edition vs. EVGA RTX 2080 Ti FTW3 ULTRA HYBRID

Hello, to loyal CEG customers and new visitors finding our site for the first time, alike. We have decided to expand the domain of our site from our lease to own program for graphics cards to an even more well rounded one. Along with adding a curated selection of high-end PC components, hand picked by our experienced staff, we are now attempting to help keep our community informed as best we can. Without any further ado here is our first article, where in we will compare the ASUS RTX 2080 Ti ROG STRIX Overclocked Edition and the EVGA RTX 2080 Ti FTW3 ULTRA HYBRID. We hope you will find it as helpful and informative as we found it fun to write!

ASUS RTX 2080 Ti ROG STRIX Overclocked Edition

Take a look at that gorgeous beast, as ASUS ROG’s flagship card the ASUS RTX 2080 Ti Strix OC(ROG-STRIX-RTX2080TI-O11G-GAMING) is loaded with some of the best features you could hope to find. It has dual-BIOS functionality, sweet RGB lighting, newly designed fans and comes factory over clocked. Running at 1650 Mhz, which can be boosted to 1665 Mhz using ASUS’s GPU Tweak II tool, this card runs 120 Mhz faster that Nvidia’s reference design.

The dual-Bios adds some great functionality. And while not super uniquely designed, it looks almost identical to the 2080 Strix OC, the lighting on these cards is great for custom builds and can put the final touches on your new rig. It comes with a driver CD, instruction guide, and two Velcro ties in the box, which is also about identical to the 2080 Strix OC box.

Finally they also redesigned the fans, increasing airflow by 27% and hopefully fixing previous issues. If you are not familiar with the ASUS cards of late they used to have big issues with fan blades breaking due to fatigue. This new design takes that into account, but still incorporates an ugly visible multi-color fan cable.  Overall we have high hopes for this card and its potential going forward.


NVIDIA has now created the next big ting in gaming. Ray-tracing is here and it is here to stay as it allows for better 3D rendering. And it is right on time, with the slowdown of silicon fabrication technology innovations and desiring a new leap instead of just packing in more transistors (looking at you Volta) they have created RTX cards and new technology to go with it. This technology is now consumer ready and I can say it is worth the hefty price tag if you can get it.

RTX technology incorporates both classic CUDA cores with the newly designed RTX cores which allow for rendering real time ray traced objects into rasterized 3D scenes in the best way possible. With this technology available now this EVGA RTX 2080 Ti FTW3 Ultra Hybrid can bring RTX to you and see gorgeous game play as it was designed to be seen.

This card is excellent and performs that way under pressure hitting over 220 FPS with ease and staying cool while doing it. Try BFV and you can see the ray tracing working hard. It comes in a simple box with an instruction Guide(s) a DVI to HDMI Adapter and four screws & washers.

Pushing the frontiers of gaming visualization RTX is awesome, it looks amazing in 4K and eventually will allow for rendering full scenes with ray tracing. Grab one today and you will not be disappointed.

ASUS RTX 2080 Ti ROG STRIX Overclocked Edition

Comparing two top tier cards of this magnitude is never easy, and declaring one better than the other is near impossible, but don’t you worry that’s what we are here for. After considering the branding, style, special features and Furmarks of these cards we declare the ASUS ROG RTX 2080 Ti Strix OC to be the best in series. As ASUS fans we can say they struck this one out of the park, it boasts a clock speed of 1710MHz and just looks gorgeous. We would highly recommend this card if you are trying to get the best of the best gear, and it is available now(when in stock) through our lease to own program at only $165.99/month, and remember it only takes 13 payment at the listed lease price to buy out your card.

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