One of Nvidia’s best RTX features on GTX graphics cards
RTX Voice is now supported on graphics cards up to the 600 series.
Nvidia RTX Voice, a nifty noise-cancelling technology, is now officially supported by GTX graphics cards, introduced recently – and completely unnoticed (oddly enough) – with graphics chip drivers.
As noted by Tom’s Hardware, without any announcement from Nvidia, the RTX Voice application has received support on the company’s older graphics cards – in fact, models from the GTX 600 series, which is almost a decade old – with Nvidia driver 410.18 (or later) are included.
Nvidia states, “In order to use RTX Voice, you must be using Nvidia GTX or RTX graphics cards, update your driver to 410.18 or later, and be running Windows 10.”
The Voice RTX feature was introduced with Nvidia Turing (latest generation) graphics cards, offering RTX users the ability to easily and effectively block out background noise to improve audio quality in video (or voice) calls. The solution did a great job – in fact, we called it one of the best features of the RTX 2000 series graphics cards.
However, there was a surprisingly simple way to get RTX Voice to work on GTX graphics cards that became public knowledge shortly after the technology was introduced. At that time, it remained unclear how much performance was degraded for users of GTX video cards that do not have tensor cores (as on RTX video cards), which, according to Nvidia, are responsible for noise reduction.
And now it seems that GTX graphics cards do a great job of this, otherwise Nvidia would not have offered official support (obviously). Why the company didn’t offer the integration of the solution right away will remain a matter of debate, although Nvidia may have done some work on optimizing the feature prior to wide rollout (RTX Voice was introduced in beta a year ago).
You might also think that this feature should be renamed without referring to RTX, given that RTX is no longer a requirement, but there’s a caveat here.
The RTX Voice app has replaced the RTX Broadcast app, which includes the same noise cancellation feature as well as the ability to use virtual backgrounds with webcams. The latter is likely to be the only app to be updated with new features in the future, while RTX Voice is likely to be left on the sidelines (no updates), allowing Nvidia to open up the app to a wider audience.