During today’s Nvidia event, it was not all new GPUs, but also technology such as the Nvidia RTX IO, which we could explain very quickly and easily by stating that it seeks to imitate what the dedicated hardware of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X will do in SSD storage drives, and that is why here are three minimum requirements: Windows 10 to access the DirectStorage API, an M.2 NVMe SSD (unclear whether PCIe 4.0 or PCIe 4.0 + 3.0), and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 30/20 Series.
In essence, with this technology, our GPU will enable decompression of next-generation gaming assets, accelerating I / O – I / O performance by up to 100 times compared to traditional hard drives and traditional storage APIs. In this way, a game that takes advantage of this API, originally designed for the Xbox Series X, offloads that workload from the CPU cores to the GeForce RTX GPU cores, improving frame rates while allowing Almost instant game loading opens the door to a new era of incredibly detailed and oversized open-world games.
This also prevents popping (appearance of textures magically) and tearing, and can transmit high – quality textures at incredible speeds, so even if you’re speeding down a world, all charged to perfection and with maximum quality. Additionally, with lossless compression, game download and installation sizes can be reduced, allowing gamers to store more games on their SSD while improving its performance.
“Microsoft is delighted to partner with Nvidia to bring the benefits of next generation I / O to Windows gamers. DirectStorage for Windows will allow games to take advantage of Nvidia’s advanced RTX IO technology and provide game developers with a way standard and highly efficient to get the best possible performance from the GPU and I / O system.With DirectStorage, game sizes are minimized , load times are reduced, and virtual worlds are freed up to be more expansive and detailed with smooth and seamless streaming, “said Bryan Langley, Group Program Manager for Windows Graphics and Games.
Nvidia RTX IO connects to Microsoft’s future DirectStorage API, which is a next-generation storage architecture designed specifically for gaming PCs equipped with next-generation NVMe SSDs and the complex workloads that modern games require. Together, streamlined and parallel APIs specifically designed for gaming allow you to dramatically reduce I / O overhead and maximize performance / bandwidth from your NVMe SSD to your RTX IO-enabled GPU.
Specifically, Nvidia RTX IO offers GPU-based lossless decompression, allowing reads through DirectStorage to remain compressed while being delivered to the GPU for decompression. This takes the load off the CPU, moving data from storage to the GPU in its most efficient and compressed form, and improving I / O performance by a factor of 2.