NVIDIA Quadro RTX First Single Graphics Card To Run Star Wars Ray Tracing Demo With RTX Technology – Features Up To 96 GB of GDDR6 Memory With NVLINK

NVIDIA has just announced their first Turing GPU based Quadro RTX graphics card that is aimed at Ray Tracing, Compute and AI development. The graphics card was demoed in ray tracing and ran a scene of Star Wars, fully ray-traced, on a single-chip graphics card, the same feat that previously took four Quadro GV100 GPUs to accomplish.

NVIDIA Ran Star Wars Ray Traced Demo on a Single Quadro RTX Graphics Card Featuring The Next-Gen Turing GPU

The NVIDIA Quadro RTX 8000 is the flagship Turing based graphics card featuring up to 96 GB of GDDR6 memory. That's ample amount of what's needed to power future ray tracing graphics and NVIDIA is taking full on lead in this department. It required NVIDIA four flagship Volta GV100 GPU based Quadro graphics card to power the same demo that was running on a single Turing based Quadro RTX 6000 solution which is, for now, a high-end solution in the Quadro RTX lineup. It's a stunning feat for ray tracing graphics.

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The demo was running on a flagship Quadro RTX 6000 graphics card with a monstrous and next-generation Turing GPU featuring a next-generation core architecture and new memory (Samsung GDDR6 Dies) technologies which we have not seen in any consumer or workstation graphics card released to date.

NVIDIA Quadro RTX Graphics Cards With Turing GPU:

Graphics CardQuadro GV100Quadro RTX 4000Quadro RTX 5000Quadro RTX 6000Quadro RTX 8000
GPUVolta GPU GV100Turing GPU TU106Turing GPU TU104Turing GPU TU102Turing GPU TU102
GPU Process12nm12nm12nm12nm12nm
GPU Cores5120 Cores2304 Cores3072 Cores4608 Cores4608 Cores
Tensor Cores640 Cores288 Cores384 Cores576 Cores576 Cores
RT CoresN/A36487272
Boost Clock1450 MHz1540 Mhz1815 MHz1770 MHz1750 MHz
FP16 Compute29.6 TFLOPs14.2 TFLOPs22.4 TFLOPs32.6 TFLOPs32.6 TFLOPs
FP32 Compute14.8 TFLOPs7.1 TFLOPs11.2 TFLOPs16.3 TFLOPs16.3 TFLOPs
Ray Tracing SpeedN/A4 GigaRays/Sec6 GigaRays/Sec10 GigaRays/Sec10 GigaRays/Sec
(32 GB With NVLINK)
(48 GB With NVLINK)
(96 GB With NVLINK)
Memory Bus4096-bit256-bit256-bit384-bit384-bit
Memory Bandwidth870 GB/s416 GB/s448 GB/s672 GB/s672 GB/s
Price$9000 US$900 US$2300 US$6300 US$10000 US
Launch Date2018Q4 2018Q4 2018Q4 2018Q4 2018

NVIDIA Turing GPU Architecture Slides:


Quadro RTX Professional GPUs 

Quadro RTX GPUs are designed for the most demanding visual computing workloads, such as those used in film and video content creation; automotive and architectural design; and scientific visualization. They far surpass the previous generation with groundbreaking technologies, including:

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  • New RT Cores to enable real-time ray tracing of objects and environments with physically accurate shadows, reflections, refractions and global illumination.
  • Turing Tensor Cores to accelerate deep neural network training and inference, which are critical to powering AI-enhanced rendering, products, and services.
  • New Turing Streaming Multiprocessor architecture, featuring up to 4,608 CUDA® cores, delivers up to 16 trillion floating point operations in parallel with 16 trillion integer operations per second to accelerate complex simulation of real-world physics.
  • Advanced programmable shading technologies to improve the performance of complex visual effects and graphics-intensive experiences.
  • The first implementation of ultra-fast Samsung 16Gb GDDR6 memory to support more complex designs, massive architectural datasets, 8K movie content and more.
  • NVIDIA NVLink® to combine two GPUs with a high-speed link to scale memory capacity up to 96GB and drive higher performance with up to 100GB/s of data transfer.
  • Hardware support for USB Type-C™ and VirtualLink(1), a new open industry standard being developed to meet the power, display and bandwidth demands of next-generation VR headsets through a single USB-C™ connector.
  • New and enhanced technologies to improve the performance of VR applications, including Variable Rate Shading, Multi-View Rendering, and VRWorks Audio.

GPU Memory Technology Updates

Graphics Card NameMemory TechnologyMemory SpeedMemory BusMemory BandwidthRelease
AMD Radeon R9 Fury XHBM11.0 Gbps4096-bit512 GB/s2015
NVIDIA GTX 1080GDDR5X10.0 Gbps256-bit320 GB/s2016
NVIDIA Tesla P100HBM21.4 Gbps4096-bit720 GB/s2016
NVIDIA Titan XpGDDR5X11.4 Gbps384-bit547 GB/s2017
AMD RX Vega 64HBM21.9 Gbps2048-bit483 GB/s2017
NVIDIA Titan VHBM21.7 Gbps3072-bit652 GB/s2017
NVIDIA Tesla V100HBM21.7 Gbps4096-bit901 GB/s2017
NVIDIA RTX 2080 TiGDDR614.0 Gbps384-bit672 GB/s2018
AMD Instinct MI100HBM22.4 Gbps4096-bit1229 GB/s2020
NVIDIA A100 80 GBHBM2e3.2 Gbps5120-bit2039 GB/s2020
NVIDIA RTX 3090GDDR6X19.5 Gbps384-bit936.2 GB/s2020
AMD Instinct MI200HBM2e3.2 Gbps8192-bit3200 GB/s2021
NVIDIA RTX 3090 TiGDDR6X21.0 Gbps384-bit1008 GB/s2022

Quadro RTX Server

The Quadro RTX Server defines a new standard for on-demand rendering in the data center, enabling easy configuration of on-demand to render nodes for batch and interactive rendering.

It combines Quadro RTX GPUs with new Quadro Infinity software (available in the first quarter of 2019) to deliver a powerful and flexible architecture to meet the demands of creative professionals. Quadro Infinity will enable multiple users to access a single GPU through virtual workstations, dramatically increasing the density of the data center. End-users can also easily provision render nodes and workstations based on their specific needs.


  • Quadro RTX 8000 with 48GB memory: $10,000 ESP
  • Quadro RTX 6000 with 24GB memory: $6,300 ESP
  • Quadro RTX 5000 with 16GB memory: $2,300 ESP


Quadro RTX GPUs will be available starting in the fourth quarter on nvidia.com. For shipment dates, contact the world’s leading OEM workstation manufacturers, including Dell EMC, HPE, HPI and Lenovo, and system builders and authorized distribution partners, including PNY Technologies in North America and Europe, ELSA/Ryoyo in Japan and Leadtek and Ingram in the Asia Pacific.

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