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NVIDIA RTX Direct Illumination Ray Tracing
At the GPU Technology Conference earlier this week, NVIDIA showcased RTX Direct Illumination (RTXDI) technology, which basically adds millions of dynamic lights in real-time. The tech demo ran on an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 GPU and showed realistic night scenes by allowing developers and artists to create cinematic visuals with realistic lighting, incredible reflections as well as accurate shadows through real-time ray tracing. Read more for two videos and additional information.

NVIDIA RTX 4090 April Fools
Have you seen the NVIDIA RTX 4090 and 4090ti graphics cards floating around social media today? If so, this is something you won’t be able to buy, as it’s just an April Fools’ Day prank. Denmark-based PC builder Kasper Andersen normally takes old parts and turns them into something new, but due to the GPU shortage, he decided to come up with something fun. The result was a massive next-generation graphics card called the RTX 4090. Read more for a video.

NVIDIA AI Talking Head Video Conferencing
Don’t you hate the picture breaking up when making video calls? This issue could be caused by the heavy bandwidth demands of the video conferencing app, but even with a powerful desktop computer or a low-end phone or tablet, it all comes down to how fast your internet connection is. “One-Shot Free-View Neural Talking-Head Synthesis for Video Conferencing” by NVIDIA researchers aim to solve this issue with AI-based video compression technology. Read more for a video and additional information.

NVIDIA Reflex Overwatch
Overwatch players who run NVIDIA graphics cards just got some good news today, as NVIDIA Reflex is now available for the game. For those who don’t know, this optimizes every aspect of the rendering pipeline for latency using a combination of SDKs and driver optimizations. For example, Multiplane Overlay allows for the GPU to composite the final image planes in hardware instead of the Desktop Windows Manager (DWM), thus allowing gamers to get low latency while playing in their preferred window mode. Read more for two videos and additional information.

NVIDIA CMP Cryptocurrency GPU
Many are aware of the semiconductor chip shortage right now, and the cryptocurrency boom has only made things worse. So, NVIDIA decided to ensure that their graphics cards are getting in the hands of gamers rather than miners. In addition to the new CMP (Cryptocurrency Mining Processor) cards, the latest RTX 3060 software drivers are designed to detect specific attributes of the Ethereum cryptocurrency mining algorithm, and then will limit the hash rate, or cryptocurrency mining efficiency, by around 50 percent. Read more for additional information.

NVIDIA Jetson AI Dog
H/T: Engadget
The NVIDIA Jetson Nano just might be the most affordable AI computer yet, thanks to its CUDA-X AI computer that delivers 472 GFLOPS of compute performance for running modern artificial intelligence workloads, while also being highly power-efficient, consuming as little as 5 watts. It supports high-resolution sensors, can process many sensors in parallel and run multiple modern neural networks on each sensor stream. Read more to see how computer science grad students Jason Stock and Tom Cavey used it to reward good dogs.

NVIDIA Jetson Nano 2GB
The NVIDIA Jetson Nano 2GB Developer Kit not only lets you discover the power of AI as well as robotics, but it’s a fully functional Linux micro PC, all for $54.99 shipped, today only, originally $59. It’s supported by the JetPack SDK, which comes with NVIDIA container runtime and a full Linux software development environment, enabling developers to package their applications for Jetson with all its dependencies into a single container that is designed to work in any deployment. Product page. Read more for two videos, including a hands-on video review and a how to run emulated games tutorial.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series Laptops
Want to play Cyberpunk 2077, Microsoft Flight Simulator, or any other AAA title while on-the-go? Then you may want to consider a laptop with the NVIDIA Ampere architecture. NVIDIA announced during CES that they’re launching 70+ models powered by GeForce RTX 30 Series Laptop GPUs. Starting at just $999, this architecture improves energy efficiency by up to 2x, accelerate performance dramatically and also introduces third-generation Max-Q technologies for ultra compact designs. Read more for two videos and additional information.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti
NVIDIA introduced the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti, the first graphics card of the RTX 3060 family, powered by the company’s Ampere architecture. Priced at just $399, it features ray tracing and AI-powered DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling), making it faster than the previous generation GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER, which is nearly double the price, but still manages to deliver amazing 1080p and 1440p gameplay. It also supports NVIDIA Reflex and NVIDIA Broadcast, which when combined with real-time ray tracing, form the foundation of the GeForce gaming platform. Read more for two videos, including a review, and additional information.

Cyberpunk 2077 Ray Tracing
CD Projekt Red collaborated with NVIDIA when developing Cyberpunk 2077 to add DXR ray tracing as well as DLSS technology to the game. This new behind-the-scenes tech demo shows off all the ray-traced shadows, ray-traced reflections and more that will be in the game, running on NVIDIA RTX hardware. Night City, California will be comprised of six regions: the corporate City Center, immigrant-inhabited Watson, luxurious Westbrook, suburban Heywood, gang-infested Pacifica, and industrial Santo Domingo. Read more to see what the game looks like with an RTX 30 series graphics that has “RTX ON”.