NVIDIA's GTX 10 series graphics cards are currently some of the best performance juggernauts on the market. The field only continued to level up with the relatively new RTX 20-line from the graphics card industry giant, as with all technologies. Newly launched in early 2019, these heavy-duty Turing launchers bring revolutionary technology to the table as the names of the RTX 2060, along with their 2070s and 2080 siblings, introduce lightning striking support.
Lack of available platforms would prove to be a problem, especially as improved technology usually comes with certain limitations. ASUS was able to beat the game of speed by putting together its ROG Zephyrus S with powerful equipment, but many models of laptops have not yet achieved such a feat. This is certainly set to change in the future with some giant game titles already equipped with a ray tracing support system and more planned for future releases.
Below are the best choices from the current pool selection for the ultimate party experience and gameplay as well as promising projects to keep an eye on in the near future – but first let's simplify the jargon.
Ray Tracing vs. Supersampling Deep Learning (DLSS)
There are rays, and then there are deep
learning super-sampling (DLSS). While the two technologies come hand in hand
with the latest NVIDIA GPUs, they are not necessarily interchangeable: they are
possible for game titles for support feature for ray tracing and DLSS,
but each uses different methods to produce better images – in theory,
Ray tracing, for example, refers to a rendering technique in which a 3D image is created through observed calculations of how virtual light rays reach multiple surfaces. In contrast to the traditional lighting process, where polygons and rasterization are used to generate virtual environments without focusing on light physics, the GPU will now simulate and plot the path of light rays in a scene, resulting in more realistic graphics and clear.
Meanwhile, DLSS allows for effective rendering of games at a higher resolution beyond the maximum capabilities of a monitor. What this essentially translates to is the downsizing of the final image to fit the screen resolution, so that no additional detail is lost when used with temporal anti-aliasing (TAA) – a technique to reduce in-game oscillation and soften the edges of the trimmed object. More impressive, however, is the addition of machine learning technology that helps the algorithm determine what needs to be handled after multiple runs in the same game, which translates into improved performance.
In addition to making it possible to render a 4K title and reduce it to 1440p, DLSS is also required to compensate for the performance impact that accompanies lightning tracking technology. This is where laptops equipped with the RTX 20 series GPUs, such as Zephyrus S, are the first point of contact to support the magic produced by DLSS and ray tracing while in action.
Dynamic Lightning and Glory DLSS Tracking
The combination of ray tracing and DLSS is, of course, ideal, and fortunately there are some prominent titles that support both features. Battlefield v, Shadow of the Tomb Raiderand Exodus of the Subway are perhaps the biggest names on the list, with others being the next Soviet-era shooter from Mundfish Atomic heart, NetEase Wuxia-themed MMO Justice, Chinese MMO Martial Arts JX3and vehicle combat title of Piranha Games Mechwarrior V: Mercenaries.
A pillar in the realm of the shooter, the Battle field franchise is a household name for those in the gaming community. Battleground, confusingly the sixteenth installment of the long-running series, serves as a thematic continuation of Battle field, and traded the forerunner of World War I for a World War II motif.
Focusing on group-based mechanics, the game – the first to use ray tracing and DLSS – is multiplayer and co-op life. Its host of new multiplayer modes, as well as the addition of a battle royale system, require more teamwork from players – an experience that is enhanced by fluid and crisp gameplay. Expect more beautiful, clearer grenades, better light quality, and improved reflexes on the battlefield (ha), but do not raise your expectations too much as there is still a lot of room for improvement over execution.
Exodus of the Subway
O Subway series has always been marked for a reputation of pushing hardware to its limits, and Exodus of the Subway certainly does not break the tradition. Under the natural light scenario DLSS and ray tracing shines, especially for static elements: trees, for example, display more detailed and clearer branches, while close-up object shots have slightly more pronounced detail. In contrast, some scenes will appear darker, which, considering the survival horror genre of the game, helps set the tone of a dark and gloomy atmosphere.
With the choice of team to release Exodus of the Subway exclusively at the Epic Games Store for a year, Steam players will have to wait a little longer before they can get their hands on it, but that's not necessarily a bad thing in itself – a year-long window gives NVIDIA time to refine and perfect both technologies, so I hope the gaming experience will be improved next time. The generally positive receptive of the game is also a bonus.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
the tomb raider is well known for its high graphics
demands, and often serves as a staple for benchmark testing. It's definitely not
surprise that his successor Shadow of the
tomb Raider has equally demanding requirements, with
DLSS Combination distributes an additional touch of realism.
The biggest difference is perhaps seen
through the casting of shadows in the game: when invading tombs, harsh shadows are
seen on the walls, while softer shadows reflect the appearances of
silhouettes in the real world. Any shadow cast by sunlight is also increased,
resulting in accentuated details and textures – these visual improvements, in
In addition to the well-designed puzzles of the game and fun gameplay in general
experience makes Shadow of the Tomb
Corsair a decent conclusion to the thrilling tomb invasion trilogy.
Ray Tracing-Exclusive Games
While ray tracing and DLSS do for the
perfect marriage, this does not mean that every technology, such as a standalone, is incapable
impress. As explained earlier, ray tracing technology helps to improve
lighting effects, and can be found in the likes of Remedy Entertainment. To controland, surprisingly, Quake II – by means of a mod – between
other exclusive ray tracing titles such as Assetto
Corsa Competizione, Enlistedand
The idea of Remedy Entertainment – known
for his work on Quantum Break and
The Max Payne Series -, To control is scheduled for a
August 27, 2019 release, with an intriguing premise in store. Assuming the
genre of a third-person action and adventure game, the game puts the players
shoes of a Jesse Faden, the newest director of the fictional Federal Bureau
of Control (hence the title), as she explores the company's paranormal
thirst, and uses special abilities to defeat mortal enemies lurking in the
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It is a narrative full of supernatural
pinch of the powers of Charles Xavier, which sounds all kind of cool thing. O
The presence of supernatural powers and entities also seems to promise a range of
enriching visual effects, so that interested parties can look at what
be a spectacular visual experience enhanced by ray tracing technology.
To be fair, the ray tracing part of Quake II it's not very official. Rather than,
was born from the programming genius of doctoral student Christoph Schie, who
used real-time track tracking to provide glorious in-game lighting through a mod.
Despite unofficial status, the entire
shtick is really impressive. It's almost like the real business of ray tracing –
explosions are brighter and more colorful than ever, the shadows
varied gradations, and dimly lit environments see more chic, vibrant
lighting. This results in loss of the trademark of the game
aesthetic, but the technology compensates for it in certain scenes with a
greater sense of depth and distant darkness.
Exclusive DLSS Games
Where the list of titles supported by ray tracing is quite limited, there is more to the side of the DLSS. The feature is currently implemented Hymn and Final Fantasy XV only, but will be supported by other securities – already posted or otherwise – at a later date, including Death of the Inferno: The Sacrifice of Senua, Hitman 2, Kinetik, Outpost Zero, The Walking Dead of Overkill, Plunkbat, Remaining of the Ashes, SCUM, Serious, Darksiders III, Dauntless, Deliver Us Sam 4: Planet Badass, The Arena Forgeand We, happy, few. Meanwhile, the battle royale genre is not losing its Theme The Wolves, Fractured Lands, Nyne Isles: Battle Royale, PUBGand Paratroopers joining the list.
The latest BioWare RPG multiplayer game
has been the subject of criticism and criticism since its
There is no denying his visual prowess. With a vast and lively outdoor world for
to explore, Hymn sports handsome
aesthetics, and the recent addition of DLSS seeks to introduce more
details as well as improve overall game performance.
Supposedly, the new DLSS support can render
for a 40% increase in performance, as stated by NVIDIA, which should help
alleviates some of your existing frame rate problems. While the difference is
observed to be very minimal in 1440p, running the game in 4K sees sharper
visuals and an increase in the frame rate, albeit at the expense of image quality.
It may not necessarily look better, but it should be smoother, Hymn one of the best examples of
long-range potential of the technology.
Final Fantasy XV
Fantasy XV is a bad boy graphically intensive, so
it is appropriate that the game is equipped with support for DLSS technology. Checks
also: a small jump in performance is enough to soften stuttering
gameplay for a smoother, more enjoyable experience, and the effect is best seen
during battles with hordes of enemies. It is not just the frame rate consistently
maintained above 30fps, the overall drop in quality is hardly noticeable and
easily insignificant, which makes it an impressive feat in itself.
It is not perfect – far from it, in fact – but
did more than enough to provide an enhanced experience for players,
especially those who play in 4K resolution.
Blade of Hell: The Sacrifice of Senua
Ninja Theory is critically acclaimed
psychological title has yet to see DLSS support, although this is hardly a problem
– Blade of Hell: The Sacrifice of Senua is
already a gem by itself, richly filled with a far-fetched psychotic behavior
narrative characterization, deep and complex, and the exceptionally ingenious blend
of Norse mythology and the sketched journey of the narrator.
It would be interesting to see how the benefits of DLSS will translate into an unconventional game like Infernal Blade, where combat – which usually takes advantage of frame rate improvements – is not the most important element of the game. Notwithstanding DLSS, this still remains one of the big names in narrative on the market, and certainly deserves more attention.
ROG Zephyrus S (GX531): An RTX Games Beast
As stated above, DLSS and ray tracing technology has the ability to elevate game performance and visual prowess to new and greater heights, but at the high and high price of the demanding operating requirements that are lacking in most PC configurations. That's when the ASUS ROG Zephyrus S comes on the stage: where RTX 20 series graphics cards must reside in the desktop GPU chassis, the lightweight laptop boasts the full range of the RTX family from the RTX 2060 and 2070, to his most powerful brother RTX 2080.
Being armed with full throttle power
equivalent to – or even more powerful than – high-performance desktops certainly
Zephyrus S as a medium and lean power, and also as the first
Laptop supported by RTX 2080 with Max-Q Design. In addition to boosting the game
performance and increased visual fidelity, the new Turing technology will
to work productivity as well, where your energy can be harnessed to
accelerate workloads in the fields of content creation, 3D modeling, and
deep learning, among others.
Great power, however, is not necessarily tied up
even huge and bulky gaming machines. Zephyrus S serves as an antithesis
of the "large size for more power" convention, measuring a thickness of
15.35mm to 16.15mm which consider it the world's finest gaming laptop.
Oozing elegant elegance and tasteful minimalism, also sports a 144Hz
super-narrow frame display, allowing you to mix speed, beauty and
immersion without compromise.
Combining portability and performance means
players can charge the laptop very easily too, and have a quick
game session or two while you are on the move as you are drawn
action on the screen, and muffle the noise of the outside world.
Running a system on the GTX 20 series GPUs is
far from being an easily achievable feat, however. Technology requires an extreme
large reservoir of horsepower, and the sheer intensity of it all can quickly
overheating. Laptops, in particular, are susceptible to this,
will then translate to performance problems in the game such as stuttering and lag.
Zephyrus S's active aerodynamic system seeks to combat the problem with a
exclusive airflow design throughout the chassis, fans, heat sink and heat pipe areas
to help dissipate heat more effectively.
Where typical fans operate at five volts of
power, those in this bad boy run on 12 volts, such that the air flow
is improved with faster spin speeds from the dual fan configuration. Its slim design
it also increases the intake of airflow and the accompanying signature.
thermal system only serves to enhance the user experience – in addition to driving
dust outside the tunnels to maintain cleanliness, total durability is
Ultimately, the ROG Zephyrus S is a hell of a gaming beast, well equipped with high-quality ammunition that is the immense power of the RTX 20-series and the ROG refrigeration system of ASUS's trademark, all packed in one average cut.
The price to experience the graphically improved worlds Battleground, Hymnor Shadow of the Tomb Raider is marked in S $ 4,498, $ 3,698and S $ 3,298 for RTX 2080, 2070 and 2060 versions, respectively, although a GTX1060 alternative is also available for S $ 3,198.
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