NVIDIA might drop ray-tracing support from their lower end RTX 20 series GPUs. This speculation comes after a Q&A session with NVIDIA CFO Colette Kress during the Citi 2018 Global Technology Conference.
The cards will come out; we’ll start with the ray tracing cards. We have the 2080 Ti, the 2080, and the 2070 overall coming to market. This is a major leap in terms of something that people probably weren’t expecting for another 10 years to 15 years.
The fact that she calls the now announced RTX 2070, 2080 and 2080 Ti GPUs ray tracing cards indicates that the lower end GPUs might not come equipped with RTCores that accelerate ray tracing. This actually makes sense considering the performance implications of RTX.
The only game whose performance with RTX enabled has been measured is Battlefield V and it barely manages to hit the 60 FPS mark with a $1000 2080 Ti and that too at 1080p. At 4K, you can expect sub-30 FPS framerates. So there would be no point in having a 2060 that supports ray tracing cos even if it did, the resolution and the other graphics settings would have to be tuned down to medium-low. And that pretty much robs the point of having RTX enabled.
Either way, don’t expect the rest of the RTX cards to come out this year, as there are enough of the 10 series cards in the market at the moment and till their stock is drained, NVIDIA doesn’t stand to gain much by releasing the lower-end Turing cards.
Another interesting point to note here is that since the RTX 2070 is priced at $599 for the Founders Edition card, the RTX 1060 will probably cost $499 which is pretty steep for a budget oriented graphics card. So unless, the RTCore and the Tensor cores are stripped, it’s hard to imagine the existence of a 2060.