Finally NVIDIA unveiled the NVIDIA RTX 30 series cards in their keynote on the first day of September, after being teased about it for so long especially with the ‘Ultimate Countdown’. Promising us the biggest generational leap ever in the history of NVIDIAs gaming GPUs. The new Ampere architecture consumer cards are as follows:
- NVIDIA Geforce RTX 3070
- NVIDIA Geforce RTX 3080
- NVIDIA Geforce RTX 3090
This new series is said to provide double the performance and power efficiency as the previous generation NVIDIA RTX 20 series. The series comes with next-generation of RT core, the fastest memory currently available i.e., GDDR6X and even more tensor cores for faster A.I. performance.
The new generation is also packed to the boot with software for the casual Gamers, Streamers and Creators, which we will go into later. To read about the earlier leaks about the NVIDIA RTX 30 series cards click here.
NVIDIA RTX 30 Series Specifications
NVIDIA had made some substantial claims about the performance of the latest GPU, but we were still overwhelmed after seeing the specifications of the current third-tier of the NVIDIA RTX 30 series GPUs i.e., the RTX 3070 when its compared to the flagship NVIDIA RTX 2080Ti.
|RTX 2080 Ti||4352||88||544||11GB|
These are still just the official details provided by NVIDIA (although the benchmarks have been leaked online), the official benchmarks have yet to be released. Although these aren’t the first Ampere GPU to show up in the market.
NVIDIA RTX 3070
The NVIDIA RTX 3070 was introduced alongside the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 on the September 1st keynote event, but in spite of that the card will not be released along with the other cards. The NVIDIA RTX 3070 will be released on October 2020 with the MSRP of $499.
Out of the cards that were introduced in the keynote, the RTX 3070 is the cheapest and on par (even slightly better on paper) compared to the earlier high-end NVIDIA RTX 2080Ti. Considering its price which is less than half of the 2080Ti.
But the thing that might hold the RTX 3070 back from being the best 4K gaming GPU is the 8GB GDDR6 especially with the 256-bit Bus. However, this might be the best gaming GPU for those who want to game in 4K while on a budget.
NVIDIA RTX 3080
With the NVIDIA RTX 3080, the story might be a bit different compared to the RTX 3070. With more CUDA Cores, Tensor Cores, higher Memory Capacity and speed, the power consumption spikes along with that.
The RTX 3080 goes from around 220W of the RTX 3070 to a kookie 320W. NVIDIA doubled the CUDA Cores in the RTX 3080 to an insane 8704 from the 4352 CUDA Core in the RTX 2080 Ti.
The card is scheduled to be released on 17 September at $699 MSRP, which is actually way better than the estimated prices that were being thrown around prior to the keynote. Although still a bit pricey, but considering the huge leap in performance, it isn’t as bad as we thought.
But what we feel odd is how NVIDIA bought down the memory from 11GB to 10GB, considering RTX 3080 is the successor of the previous RTX 2080 (Yes, we realise the memory is faster).
NVIDIA RTX 3090
If you thought that the NVIDIA RTX 3080 was bonkers, check out the specs for the RTX 3090 in the above table. Along with that 350W TDP comes the epic 10496 CUDA Cores powering this beast leaving the NVIDIA RTX 2080 Ti far behind in performance. Even the Titan RTX falls short in-front of this behemoth of a card, boasting 256 RT Cores and 1024 Tensor Cores.
During the Keynote even the NVIDIA Co-Founder Jensen Huang called this card the ‘Big Ferocious GPU’ or ‘BFGPU’ in short.
NVIDIA announced that the RTX 3090 would come out after RTX 3080 in September 2020. Pricing-wise, we were expecting Team Green to follow its own trend of increasing the price vastly every new generation, but fortunately and to our surprise the MSRP wasn’t the estimated around $2000 but $1500.
Yes, its still one of the most expensive graphic cards on the market, but given its huge leap in performance, it was not as expensive as everyone predicted. That does not make it cheap, but to buy this card at launch you better have been saving up some dough.
That Weird Cooler Design
In case there are still people who haven’t seen the new cooler design that NVIDIA has put into its RTX 30 series cards, these were even leaked a few months ago, here it is again:
The card has a fan on both sides (one on top and one on the bottom) of that massive heatsink which spans the entire length of the card. Even the card is designed in a weird way to accommodate this heatsink.
Due to this design there is some chatter in the community if the hot air blown out of the GPU will increase the thermals of a CPU AIO mounted on top of the case chassis due to hot being sucked up by the AIO unnecessarily increasing the CPU temperatures, but we will see how this fares as time goes go and we have more information on this card. This heatsink will only be available for the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 and as for the RTX 3070, it will feature the good o’l tried and tested dual fan setup we all are used to.
In the Keynote NVIDIA reflex was also introduced, focused as an E-Sports technology to dramatically reduce latency. It was explained that Reflex optimizes the rendering pipeline across CPU and GPU to reduce latency by up to 50%, it’s to be released along with the newer NVIDIA drivers. Keeping up with the theme of E-Sports, four new 360Hz G-Sync Gaming monitors were also announced from Asus, Alienware, Acer and MSI.
During the Keynote Jensen Huang spoke of some of the feature that were coming out along with RTX 30 series cards one among them was the NVIDIA Broadcast. It was shown as an AI assisted feature that could help streamers on a budget.
NVIDIA Broadcast had features like Noise Cancellation, Video effects and more. Here is the video below if you want check it out for yourself.
NVIDIA Omniverse Machinima
As stated by Jensen Huang “Omniverse is a universal design tool asset exchange, with a viewer based on photo-realistic path tracing. The engine is designed to be physically accurate simulating light, physics, material, and artificial intelligence” or in other words you can bring in assets to make a photo-realistic cinematic experience, with the help of AI to make face animations with your voice and extremely accurate physics simulations to help a user create a short animated videos or to help make movies. The Beta to this application starts this October.
This is a piece of technology that was rumored to be in development, the way that a CPU loads data onto a GPU is by copying it on the system memory and then decompressing it onto the GPU,this is how it used to work but now with much faster PCIe Gen 4 SSDs PCs can transfer file much quicker, now the bottleneck is the part where a CPU copy’s data into the system memory. But with this the storage directly loads the data onto the GPU memory thereby reducing load times. The GPU now dynamically uses the RAM, VRAM and SSD to complete multiple tasks much faster than what was previously possible.
Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) was announced in the NVIDIA Keynote as a way to play your favorite RTX games at a higher resolution with minimal performance penalty. DLSS was unveiled with four games that are going to receive DLSS through patches. These games are:
- Deliver Us The Moon
- MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries
- Wolfenstein: Youngblood
Now there are leaked benchmarks of the RTX 3080 from Videocardz that have been verified by them and just as we expected the new 30 series card out performs the previous generations enthusiast cards. Here are the benchmarks: