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NVIDIA reveal Half-Life 2 RTX, plus GeForce RTX 40 SUPER Series GPUs

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Much like AMD did today for CES 2024, much of NVIDIA's event was also all about AI but there's a few bits in there for normal consumers like the announcement of Half-Life 2 RTX, plus GeForce RTX 40 SUPER Series GPUs.

Half-Life 2 RTX is using RTX Remix, just like Portal with RTX and Portal: Prelude RTX, and it's community-made by "four of Half-Life 2’s top mod teams, now working together under the banner of Orbifold Studios" who are "rebuilding materials with Physically Based Rendering (PBR) properties, adding extra geometric detail via Valve’s Hammer editor, and leveraging NVIDIA technologies including full ray tracing, DLSS 3, Reflex, and RTX IO to deliver a fantastic experience for GeForce RTX gamers".

First look video below:

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NVIDIA have announced that RTX Remix will hit Open Beta on January 22nd.

As for the new GPUs coming they are they GeForce RTX 4080 SUPER, GeForce RTX 4070 Ti SUPER and GeForce RTX 4070 SUPER which NVIDIA say "supercharge the latest games and form the core of AI-powered PCs":

A 4K Monster: The GeForce RTX 4080 SUPER
The GeForce RTX 4080 SUPER powers fully ray-traced games in 4K resolution. At 1.4x faster than the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti without DLSS Frame Generation, the RTX 4080 SUPER delivers blistering performance with traditional rasterization. With 836 AI TOPS, DLSS Frame Generation delivers an extra performance boost, making the RTX 4080 SUPER twice as fast as the RTX 3080 Ti. The RTX 4080 SUPER features more cores and faster memory for a performance edge. It will be available starting Jan. 31 from $999.

Precision Gaming: The GeForce RTX 4070 Ti SUPER
The RTX 4070 Ti SUPER is the ideal GPU for maxing out games at super-high frame rates at 1440p, and up to 4K. Compared to the RTX 4070 Ti, it has more cores, an increased frame buffer to 16GB, and a 256-bit memory bus, providing a significant memory bandwidth increase to 672 GB/sec. It is 1.6x faster than a RTX 3070 Ti and 2.5x with DLSS 3. The GeForce RTX 4070 Ti SUPER will be available starting Jan. 24 at $799.

Perfectly Balanced: The GeForce RTX 4070 SUPER
The RTX 4070 SUPER arrives with 20% more cores than the RTX 4070, making it faster than an RTX 3090 at a fraction of the power. With DLSS 3, its lead stretches to 1.5x faster. It will be available starting Jan. 17 at $599.

Something else they did a demo of during the event was NVIDIA Avatar Cloud Engine (ACE), a "suite of technologies that help developers bring digital avatars to life with generative AI", and showed off a scene of two characters giving entirely dynamic chat (although pretty robotic sounding). No doubt over the next few years we're going to see a lot more AI like this implemented into games to have randomly generated conversations with voice over and lip syncing all together.

See all on NVIDIA.com

Full event can be viewed below:

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No GeForce 4090 Super and/or Ti is like no Ryzen 9 5900X3D or 5950X3D. </3
These sound appealing. I'm torn on upgrading my rtx2060, as I mostly play on Steam Deck these days. The one game I play exclusively on PC is CP77 where I get 90-100fps at 1080p high, raytracing off, dlss2 quality. So I could spend $600+tax USD to be able to turn on raytracing, or maybe possibly pathtracing... Or I could spend that money on a Deck OLED instead.
All my other titles play absolutely fine on my 2060, so, why bother chasing higher fidelity with cold hard cash?
Linas Jan 8
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Quoting: GuestLooks fake. RTX on/off doesn't have anything to do with it (or little). They redid the textures significantly. Now if it showed dynamic lighting with the old lighting, then we'd be talking.
Even the models look different. This is more like a complete remaster, which does look nice, but nothing that cannot be done without ray tracing.
This is what Valve should have done while ago.

No doubt this will restrict it to playable framerates on NVIDIA cards only.
artixbtw Jan 9
Meh. Just like Portal, the game looks fantastic to this day. Its art style aged well, remastering it feels unnecessary.

But of course, Nvidia has to Nvidia and prove how essential it is to make games perform like crap.
Termy Jan 9
It would have been better to show old assets, new assets without and new assets with raytracing. Although that probably would have shown how little raytracing actually matters ^^


Regarding the cards, i'm surprised NGreedia really lowered the MSRP of the 4080 - although of course all of them are still several hundred bucks too high...
Xpander Jan 9
Portal with RTX and prelude was very well made. Textures were replaced there also. Enjoyed playing through it again.
Half life 2 Looks great from the few shots it shows in the video. Modders are amazing!
Hopefully it will have decent performance, but i dont have high hopes for performance with anything related to RT really at least on native resolutions.
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It looks wonderful, but like others, I also noticed textures and entire models were replaced as well, so it's nasty salesmanship from whoever made the video.
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