NVIDIA RTX offers ray tracing, laptops, mobile workstations and AI
NVIDIA today announced that 10 new NVIDIA RTX Studio laptops and professional-grade mobile workstations have been released from major partners, delivering real-time ray tracing, advanced AI, and ultra-high-resolution video editing to the world’s 40 million creatives.
The latest designs from Dell, HP, Lenovo and BOXX bring the number of RTX Studio models to 27, including 17 already available. These laptops power over 40 creative and design applications that have enabled “RTX,” enabling tens of millions of creatives to leverage ray tracing and artificial intelligence in their workflows. This week at SIGGRAPH, NVIDIA RTX features will be shown in software from a diverse set of independent software vendors, including Adobe, Autodesk, and Blackmagic Design.
New NVIDIA Studio driver
NVIDIA also announced the availability of a new NVIDIA Studio driver, providing optimizations for popular creative apps as an update to SIGGRAPH, including OTOY Octane Render, Blender, Autodesk Arnold, Maxon Cinema 4D, Adobe’s Substance Painter, and Magix VEGAS Pro The latest Studio driver adds an often requested feature: support for 30-bit color in OpenGL apps like Adobe Photoshop and Premiere for all GPUs. With this feature, creators can work with their HDR photos and videos with the utmost accuracy and without the banding typical of 24-bit color.
“RTX Studio laptops and portable workstations are rapidly moving into the center of the creative industries,” said Jason Paul, general manager of GeForce software and technology at NVIDIA. “We’ve brought real-time ray tracing, advanced artificial intelligence, and ultra-high-resolution video editing to creators’ fingertips, bringing these capabilities on the go when an entire studio was needed in the past.”
Laptop and Workstation
The new configurations, ranging from consumer laptops with GeForce RTX 2060 GPUs to professional-grade portable workstations with Quadro RTX 5000 graphics, include:
- Lenovo Legion Y740 Laptop Studio Edition includes GeForce RTX 2080 GPUs with 17 and 15-inch laptops, available later this fall.
- Lenovo ThinkPad P53 and P73 Mobile Workstations support up to Quadro RTX 5000 GPUs with 17 and 15 inch systems. The ThinkPad P53 is now available; the ThinkPad P73 will be available starting in August.
- The Dell Precision 7540 and Dell Precision 7740 mobile workstations available today are configurable with up to Quadro RTX 5000 GPUs.
- The HP ZBook 15 and 17 Mobile Workstations are equipped with the Quadro RTX GPU, with the 17-inch model configurable with a Quadro RTX 5000.
- The BOXX GoBOXX SLM mobile workstations are available with a Quadro RTX 3000 GPU in the 15-inch system and a Quadro RTX 4000 or 3000 in the 17-inch system.
RTX Studio laptops and mobile workstations are part of the NVIDIA Studio platform, which combines RTX GPUs with the NVIDIA Studio stack of specialized SDKs and dedicated Studio drivers. They meet the hardware and software requirements needed to receive the new RTX Studio badge, allowing creators to easily identify the right systems to power their creative workflows.
Quadro RTX GPU-based RTX Studio mobile workstations offer additional enterprise-wide benefits, such as ISV certifications, IT management tools, and advanced video and visualization capabilities.
RTX Studio systems
RTX Studio systems are equipped with GeForce RTX 2080, 2070 and 2060 GPUs, as well as Quadro RTX 5000, 4000 and 3000 GPUs. RTX GPUs accelerate content creation from video editing to 3D rendering, with performance up to 7x faster than the MacBook Pro. Quadro RTX 5000 GPU-based models include 16GB of graphics memory, the largest available in a mobile form factor, enabling advanced multi-app creative workflows and the use of large 3D models that otherwise they would not be possible on the go.
Many of these laptops feature 4K precision displays and NVIDIA Max-Q technology, enabling incredible performance and longer battery life in sleek, slim and lightweight designs.
RTX Studio models available now include Acer ConceptD 7, Gigabyte AERO 15 OLED and AERO 17 HDR, BOXX GoBOXX SLM 15 and 17, Dell Precision 7540 and 7740, HP ZBook 15 and 17, Lenovo ThinkPad P53, MSI P65 Creator, P75 Creator, WS65, WS75 and WE75 and Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition. More RTX Studio laptops will be shipped later this year by Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo and Razer.
RTX to SIGGRAPH
A year after NVIDIA RTX ™ technology unveiled at SIGGRAPH 2018, ray tracing has emerged as the new industry standard for product design, architecture, gaming, effects, and scientific visualization.
The world’s leading software vendors have introduced more than 40 applications with RTX technology, which will enable tens of millions of users to take advantage of ray tracing and artificial intelligence, which were previously too computationally demanding to work with. the right interaction. This includes seven top ISV apps introduced this week at SIGGRAPH.
Customers as diverse as Pixar, Renault, New Balance, Woods Bagot, and Siemens Healthineers use ray tracing in their workflows. The industry’s leading gaming engines – Unity and Unreal Engine – support ray tracing with RTX, and RTX technology is integrated by visual computing giants such as Adobe, Autodesk, Blackmagic Design and Dassault Systèmes.
“Around the world, designers and artists, OEMs and software vendors have embraced real-time ray tracing and AI acceleration as the new industry standard in product design and content creation,” said Greg Estes, vice president of corporate marketing and developer programs at NVIDIA.
Ray tracing calculates each photon of light in a scene as it interacts with materials and surfaces. This provides much more accurate and realistic images than traditional computer graphics. The NVIDIA RTX platform, which includes software tools and hardware acceleration of ray tracing and AI, enables interactive ray tracing for the first time.
Active RTX: The best applications take content creation to new levels
Ray tracing allows designers to interactively iterate their product, model or building and see accurate lighting, shadows and reflections. Digital entertainment artists can apply the same principles to their animations and visual effects.
RTX technology can also be used on servers for batch rendering scenes that are too complex for real-time viewing or for “light baking” by pre-calculating the appearance of textures in certain game environments and other interactive visualizations. And AI acceleration facilitates denoising, pose estimation, and other advanced features that enable new features for animators and visual artists of all kinds.
At SIGGRAPH, seven of the best ISVs announced new applications with support for NVIDIA RTX, including:
- Adobe Substance Painter: RTX ray tracing accelerates baking performance up to 192 times compared to CPUs.
- Autodesk Flame: RTX tensor cores dramatically accelerate Autodesk Flame v2020.1’s new machine learning feature set. Built-in machine learning analytics algorithms help artists isolate, extract and edit common objects in moving footage, greatly accelerating visual effects and composition workflows.
- Blender Cycles: NVIDIA OptiX ™ 7 with CUDA® significantly accelerates the performance of the open source renderer.
- Dimension 5 D5 Fusion: RTX ray tracing via UE4 DXR implementation allows architects and designers to quickly simulate ground lighting and shadows.
- Daz 3D Daz Studio: NVIDIA Iray® allows creators to interactively assemble ray traced scenes with accelerated ray tracing to quickly build their artistic composition and render in full fidelity.
- Foundry WAY: RTX performance via OptiX in the redesigned MODO renderer offers a significant performance boost over CPU rendering.
- Luxion KeyShot: RTX accelerated ray tracing and AI denoising for photorealistic 3D data visualization for product design reviews, marketing, animations, illustrations and more via OptiX support in KeyShot 9.
New features for content design and creation
These leading content design and creation applications offer their users RTX-based functionality and noticeable speed increases in their workflow.
“For artists, preparing different texture maps and working in 3D takes time. Substance Painter’s RTX-accelerated bakers deliver up to 192x faster CPU performance for ambient occlusion and a 10-15x overall performance increase when baking all maps, ”said Sébastien Deguy, Vice President by 3D and Immersive by Adobe. “We believe ray tracing performance with NVIDIA RTX is a game-changer, significantly reducing baking times, so artists can quickly iterate between modeling and painting and create better designs faster.”
“Autodesk Flame’s AI / ML capabilities are accelerated by NVIDIA Quadro GPUs. In Flame v2020.1, the RTX 6000 card offers dramatic acceleration based on dedicated tensor cores, ”said Steve McNeill, director of product research and development at Autodesk.
Popular support apps
Popular apps like Adobe Dimension CC and Chaos Group V-Ray give users the ability to create seamlessly, with incredible realism based on the RT cores of RTX technology. Adobe Substance designer can offer speed increases of up to 800% over previous CPU-based technology by integrating RTX via DXR for light baking.
The latest version of BlackMagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve with DaVinci Neural Engine is transforming video production via AI using NVIDIA’s AI libraries and tensor cores within NVIDIA RTX GPUs to accelerate inference.
“At Chaos, we build our products to take full advantage of the latest hardware to offer our customers the fastest creative speed,” said Vlado Koylazov, co-founder and CTO of Chaos Group. “Our upcoming RTX acceleration makes this more true than ever, allowing artists to make scenes in production much faster with the V-Ray GPU and explore their creations in real time with the Lavina Project.”
Is active: RTX everywhere
In less than 12 months, RTX became widely available everywhere. Every major 3D design application in the world has made a commitment to support RTX by the end of the year. The entire gaming industry is on board with a solid ecosystem that includes support in industry standard APIs like DirectX 12 and Vulkan, as well as major game engines like Unity and Unreal Engine.
All major global OEMs have introduced RTX-based systems. 27 RTX Studio laptops and mobile workstations specially designed for creative workflows enable desktop-grade performance anywhere. A new generation of high-performance RTX workstations has revolutionized the work of millions of designers, artists, researchers and scientists. This allows them to render photorealistic scenes in real time and add new AI-based features to their workflows.
In the data center, NVIDIA RTX servers – which include fully optimized software stacks available for OptiX RTX rendering, gaming, VR and AR, and professional visualization applications – deliver cinema-quality graphics enhanced by RTX ray tracing at much lower cost than the electricity cost for a CPU-based render cluster with the same performance.
Learn more about NVIDIA RTX on SIGGRAPH at NVIDIA booths 1303 and 1313, including hands-on demonstrations and numerous talks and sessions.
More information on NVIDIA Studio can be found at https://www.nvidia.com/studio.