and its industry partners are pushing the benefits of real-time ray tracing
in games, of which the company's GeForce RTX
series graphics cards are equipped to handle. They're comparably expensive, though, and at least for right now there is limited support for ray-traced rendering. That will change in time. In the meantime, rumors are swirling that NVIDIA is getting ready to release new GTX
(not RTX) cards at lower price points.
It looks like there will be multiple models, if the rumors turn out to be true. For example, a few days ago there was talk of a GeForce GTX 1160 Ti
or GeForce GTX 1160 (non-Ti) based on a version of Turing (TU116) that doesn't offer any RT cores, as those would remain exclusive to the RTX series. It's not clear if the RT cores would be missing altogether, or simply disabled.
As we head in the holiday, there appears to be a leak of a lower end model, which made an appearance on Geekbench. It's not clear what the card will be called—it could be anything from a GeForce GTX 1150 to a GeForce GTX 2050 Ti—but according to the database entry, it has 14 Compute Units (CUs).
If the underlying architecture is the same, then the mystery card could feature 896 CUDA cores. It's also listed as having a 1.56GHz core clockspeed.
The memory configuration and allotment is not known, though it's possible that it could feature 4GB of GDDR5 memory. Whatever the case might be, this isn't a high-end card. The database entry shows the card posting an OpenCL score of 114,206. That puts it somewhere between a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and GeForce GTX 1060, in terms of performance.
Bear in mind that this is all based on leaks and rumors, and nothing concrete from NVIDIA. We'll have to wait and see what actually materializes.