Nvidia has taken to the internet to blow us all away with the unveiling of their newest line of graphics cards: the Ampere line. Hotly anticipated and probably the biggest drop this year for PC gamers, this brand new line of GPUs has been speculated over and whispered about for months.
Now we finally have all the details, straight from Nvidia themselves: What the new Nvidia GeForce RTX 30 Series Graphics Cards are, how much they are going to cost, and where you can buy them from.
What Can We Expect From Ampere GPUs?
Turing was the last version of the RTX GPU architecture, and now with the release of the Ampere hardware, Nvidia has a lot of improvements to announce.
Ampere RTX gives GPUs 30 Shader teraflops compared to its predecessors 11, 58 ray tracing shader teraflops compared to its predecessors 34, and the new Ampere tensor core hardware works at twice the rate of Turing – all in all, a very impressive spec list.
The new Ampere GPUs will also be built on Samsung’s 8N Nvidia custom process, with 28 billion transistors and it will be able to connect to Micron G6X, which is touted as the worlds fastest memory.
The Ampere GPUs themselves are capable of offering two times as much energy efficiency and performance of the Turing generations output. Apparently everything has been overhauled on these GPUs, from thermal control to memory, from packaging to logic pathways – all has been upscaled to deliver a brand new, highly performing GPU from Nvidia.
If you want a real-world example, apparently Ampere is capable of rendering cinematic level graphics with ray tracing (and motion blur) up to eight times faster than Turing was capable of doing.
RTX Io was also announced, which is a methodology Nvidia has come up with to reduce the bottleneck in bringing data from the game’s files through to CPU to the GPU. Apparently, this is a process which reduces CPU utilization by nearly twenty times, with support for Microsoft DirectStorage for Windows included
What are the new Nvidia GeForce RTX 30 Series Graphics Cards?
Powered by Ampere – this card will feature 28 billion transistors and feature the ‘worlds fastest graphics memory’, with 10gb of GDDR6X supported, which apparently can transmit up to twice as much data as the previous GDDR6 iteration.
The GeForce RTX 3080 will be shipping with a revolutionary new thermal management system as well, with up to 55% more airflow being channeled to the card itself whilst being up to 3 times as quiet with 30% more efficient than previous flagship Nvidia GPUs. Two separate fans operate independently on a flow-through push/pull system, to both pull air in one side of the GPU than to push it out of the other. Apparently, this design has a cooling power that offers 90 watts more of cooling power than the Turing design.
The card will also feature HDMI 2.1, PCI express 4.0 on a PCB that has been crafted to support these thicker connectivity modules, without sacrificing any more room than previous GPUs took up.
The 3080 offers twice the performance of the 2080, and even more performance than the 2080 Ti – for a lower cost – the card starts at $699.
The new Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 steps into the marketplace already performing faster than the 2080 Ti.
This card will boast 20 shader teraflops, with 40 RT teraflops and 163 Tensor teraflops as standard in the card itself. You can also expect this card to come with a base clock of 1,605MHz. and support for PCIE 4.0. It will also have 8gb of GDDR6 as standard – far outperforming the Turing era flagship card; the 2080 Ti.
And, despite that jump in power, the card itself will cost only $499.
This is the card Nvidia made in answer to the previous Ti models in their range – and it’s a big one. Described by Jensen Huang as a ‘BFGPU’, this card is going to ship with 36 shader teraflops, 69 RT teraflops, and 285 tensor teraflops – all shipped with a huge 24GB of G6X.
This card will be starting on the market at $1499 – which is a higher price point than the previous titan card, the 2080 Ti, but is expected to outperform it immensely.
The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 is capable of DLSS 8K with RTX on, with 8K HDR Shadowplay and AV1 Decoding – all alongside an HDMI 2.1 output and a ‘silencer’, that is tipped to allow the card to perform up to 10X quieter than the existing Titan RTX cards.
Basically this card is so big and powerful it can play games at 60 FPS at 8K – insane levels of gaming performance.
For the full specifications of the Nvidia 3060 Ti, look below, but if you want an at-a-glance rundown, you will be able to expect the performance of the 2080 Super, and even more power than the 2080 Super on the founder’s edition alone – with revolutionary cooling and GDDR6 memory as standard.
Basically, this is a very powerful card that beats out the last generation easily, at a very low cost.
For a full rundown of each of the 30 series Ampere Graphics Cards, check out the full specs below!
What is the release date of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 30 Series Graphics Cards?
The release dates of the brand new Ampere GPUs was revealed in the Nvidia showcase on the first of September, and the dates look as follows:
How much will the new Nvidia GeForce RTX 30 Series Graphics Cards cost?
The new cards have already had their respective prices revealed – and they are surprisingly low. The power that these GPUs are offering is a lot higher than the previous models, and the cards themselves are debuting at very similar price points.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 Cost:
USA: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 Starts At $1,499
UK: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 Starts At £1,399
AUS: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 Starts At $2,249
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Cost:
USA: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 Starts At $699
UK: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 Starts At $649
AUS: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 Starts At $1,139
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Cost:
USA: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Starts At $499
UK: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Starts At £469
AUS: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Starts At $809
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Cost:
USA: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Starts At $399
UK: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Starts At £369
Where can I buy the new Nvidia GeForce RTX 30 Series Graphics Cards?
We are going to be updating the list with all of the newest sites on which you can pre-order (and eventually buy) a new GPU from the range of Nvidia GeForce RTX 30 Series Graphics Cards.
If you don’t see your location listed currently, be sure to check back soon as this list will be updated regularly as more options become available to buy a new Ampere level graphics card!
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