September 1 – Nvidia has unveiled a new line of Ampere-based graphics cards in a video hosted by CEO Jensen Huang. The RTX 30 Series boasts up to two times the performance and 1.9 times the energy efficiency as the prior generation.
Nvidia’s RTX 3070
The RTX 3070 is the least powerful of Nvidia’s new GPUs, but still features some impressive technical specifications.
The graphics card has a base clock speed of 1.5GHz and a boost clock rate of 1.73GHz, 8GB of GDDR6 memory, and is powered by 5,888 CUDA cores. Like the rest of the series, the RTX 3070 comes equipped with two fans to keep it cool.
The RTX 3070, which starts at $499, also offers a greater level of performance than the $1,200 RTX 2080 Ti. Nvidia’s most affordable new GPU will be available for purchase in October.
Nvidia’s RTX 3080
The flagship offering of the RTX line, the RTX 3080, comes with 10GB of GDDR6X memory and 8,704 CUBA cores. The ultra-powerful GPU has a standard clock speed of 1.44 GHz with boost clock performance of 1.71GHz, and 28 billion transistors.
Thanks to its DLSS 2.0 support, this graphics card will be able to render beautifully lit and hyper-realistic environments of games like “Watch Dogs: Legion” in their full glory.
Nvidia states the RTX 3080 has twice the processing power as the RTX 2080 and provides over 60fps at 6K resolution. Gamers will be able to get their hands on the GPU on September 17 at the starting price of $699.
Nvidia’s RTX 3090
Lastly, Nvidia’s RTX 3090 is a beastly graphics card designed to facilitate seamless 8K/60 fps gameplay.
Nicknamed the “BFGPU,” it features 10,496 CUDA cores, a boost clock rate of 1.7GHz, a whopping 24GB of GDDR6X memory. In addition to being incredibly powerful, the RTX 3090 is also massive. The imposing component measures in at 313mm x 138mm and requires three card slots for installation.
The hulking GPU renders games in 4K twice as fast as the Titan RTX, but runs ten times quieter than its predecessor. Although undeniably impressive, the RTX 3090’s $1,499 starting price makes it an expensive upgrade.
The fabless semiconductor company will unleash the BFGPU on an unprepared world on September 24.
In the fiscal second quarter, Nvidia made more money selling data center components than gaming hardware for the first time. However, judging by the eye-popping features of its new RTX GPUs, the firm’s core segment will likely reassert its earnings dominance.