NVIDIA Demos Turing GPU Based Quadro RTX Graphics Card in Ray Tracing Ampere is here, but its not Ampere, but the more expensive professional versions. However, the consumer versions are coming out soon and this article illustrates what we might expect from these video cards in the way of ray tracing ability. Nvidia ran the Star Wars demo on a single video card, but that video card cost $6,000.oo. Programmers keep finding new ways to optimize programs and cut the requirements in half, and they have already found at least one way to do that since this Star Wars video was made. Assuming prices are cut in half every three years and it eventually will require half the power to run, within five years or so video cards that are capable of the most outrageous ray tracing will start to fall into the more common commercial price ranges. However, what Nvidia is pushing is hybrid ray tracing that mixes it with rasterization. The results can be quite impressive and developers want to go in this direction anyway because they have already come so close to ray traced lighting using rasterization. The AI and physics and other things that even the consumer cards will be capable of rendering are a mind blowing leap forward in themselves, and Nvidia rightfully claims this is the biggest innovation in consumer graphics in over ten years. Ampere combines the fastest known asynchronous processors from IBM with advances in memory and AI that can even be combined with AI circuitry going onto every processor being made now. Eventually, the end result will be even cheap home computers resembling a different of animal altogether than we are familiar with. Computers that don't have program bugs or bandwidth bottlenecking or any of the usual concerns today and can adapt to each individual as if they were personal assistants. At that point, most people will cease to care about what exact hardware goes into the box and they'll simply buy brand names or generic computers the way you might a cheap watch that is capable of way more than anyone ever cares to know.