NVIDIA has officially announced the new GeForce RTX 3000 series of PC graphics cards. It consists of three top models, each more powerful than the top model of the previous generation, GeForce RTX 2080 Ti. These are called GeForce RTX 3070, the medium model, GeForce RTX 3080, the high-end model and GeForce RTX 3090, the model so powerful that it did not even receive a price or a release date. The company boasts twice the improved performance per watt compared to the previous generation.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080: a high-end model with a good price
The GeForce RTX 3080 model seems to have been the hardware that the company focused on during the presentation. It benefits from a new chip based on the Ampere architecture, which promises up to twice the performance of the GeForce RTX 2080. It has received significant upgrades for all the cores that the chip integrates.
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RTX 3080 will offer a rasterization GPU capable of 30 Shader-TFLOP, an improvement of 2.7 times over the previous generation, Ray Tracing cores capable of 58 RT-TFLOPS, 1.7 times higher performance, respectively 238 Tensor-TFLOPS on AI cores, 2x higher performance.
The board will be equipped with 10 GB of GDDR6X memory from Micron, the fastest RAM on the market and will benefit from a new two-axis cooling system, which will cool 20 degrees better than the RTX 2000 generation system. Also, the noise level produced will be three times lower, says NVIDIA.
The card will be compatible with HDMI 2.1 and PCI Express 4.0 and will be launched very soon: on September 17. However, the price is surprising, being only 699 US dollars. Prices that were rumored before the event were significantly higher. In Romania, the official price will be 3,499 lei for the Founder’s Edition.
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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070: a real best-buy, according to specifications
The GeForce RTX 3070 is also equipped with an Ampere chip, but with limited performance. However, it will still be more powerful than the RTX 2080 Ti in some games, says NVIDIA, at less than half the price. For $ 499, NVIDIA will offer a performance of 20 Shader-TFLOPS, 40 RT-TFLOPS and 163 Tensor-TFLOPS, with 8 GB GDDR6 memory.
This hob has a more traditional cooling system, with two adjacent fans and will be available starting in October. The price in Romania starts from 2,500 lei.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090: the “monster” of the RTX 3000 series
However, the surprise of the presentation event was RTX 3090, the new NVIDIA flagship, which is huge in size and significantly more powerful than the other two models. With 36 Shader-TFLOPS, 59 RT-TFLOPS and 285 Tensor-TFLOPS, this board could offer the best PC gaming experience on the market.
This is the first large and heavy board for ordinary consumers equipped with 24 GB of GDDR6X RAM. However, RTX 3090 is made more for the future, the company saying that it is able to run games in 8K resolution at 60 frames per second.
It remains to be seen if there will be gamers who can afford such a thing, as the price is $ 1,499. The launch of this model will take place on September 24. In Romania it reaches a price of 7,499 lei.
NVIDIA software news
In addition to the new graphics cards, NVIDIA also talked about a few other capabilities that will come through software updates for existing users.
For example, NVIDIA Reflex technology will reduce the response time in certain games, predominantly multiplayer, for users of older and newer hardware. Valorant and Destiny 2 will be among the first to benefit from this technology.
Then, NVIDIA confirmed that it will launch with Acer, Alienware, ASUS and MSI several 360 Hz monitors for professional gaming.
Last but not least, the new Game Ready drivers will integrate NVIDIA Broadcast, a new streaming capability that will combine RTX Voice audio processing, which removes background noise from any microphone with virtual green screen effects, to blur or completely remove the background from a video feed. These features will be especially useful for streamers and content creators.
However, a new application from NVIDIA will be Omniverse Machinima, which will allow content creators to create 3D animations with effects, realistic materials, motion capture and facial animations using the webcam and graphics cards from NVIDIA. This app will rival Source Film Maker from Valve.