NVIDIA Releases New Drivers to Unlock DXR Ray-Tracing for “Pascal” and “Turing” GPUs

NVIDIA GPU Driver 425.31

At GDC 2019, NVIDIA announced its plan to add DXR Ray-Tracing support on non-RTX graphics cards. Today, the new game-ready GPU driver, version 425.31, is now available for users to try out the real-time ray-tracing features on their older hardware.

The following GeForce GTX 10-series and GTX 16-series cards will be compatible with DXR Ray-Tracing.

  • GTX 1660 Ti
  • GTX 1660
  • NVIDIA TITAN Xp (2017)
  • NVIDIA TITAN X (2016)
  • GTX 1080 Ti
  • GTX 1080
  • GTX 1070 Ti
  • GTX 1070
  • GTX 1060 6 GB

The new driver uses Microsoft DXR Real-Time Ray Tracing API to allow the feature to be enabled. However, due to the lack of dedicated RT cores, the older cards will be using their CUDA cores entirely to handle all the ray-tracing rendering works. They will be much slower and less efficient than the latest RTX-20 series graphics cards, which would reach about 30 fps in 1440p.

The driver also provides better optimization to “ANNO 1800“. You can now download the GPU drivers from NVIDIA’s website or GeForce Experience.

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