In a highly anticipated moment, NVIDIA released three new graphics cards that are a part of the RTX 30 series GPUs. We’re talking about the high-end models – RTX 3070, RTX 3080, and the RTX 3090. The three graphics cards will be available on September 17, September 24, and sometime in October for the RTX 3080, RTX 3090, and RTX 3070, respectively. There are notable performance improvements over the RTX 20 series graphics cards and a couple of new technologies worth mentioning.
The new RTX 30 series GPUs are based on a new and improved Ampere architecture which brings along Ampere Streaming Multiprocessors. These will offer up to double the FP32 throughput for greatly improved performance.
Alongside this, the performance per watt is increased as well. This means better frame rates at the same TDP, and you also get support for PCIe Gen 4, an 18-phase power supply, and new cooling solutions for the Founders’ Edition cards. It’s a rather unconventional design, with two fans that draw air across the entire GPU. It’s a silent cooling system that still keeps the GPUs’ temperatures at bay.
Even though real-time ray tracing didn’t bring impressive performance on the first generation RTX cards, now you have 2nd generation RT cores. Similarly to the streaming multiprocessors, they get you up to double the throughput compared to the previous generation. They run AI-powered techniques and technologies significantly faster. Pair this with technologies like DLSS, and you’ll get excellent gaming performance.
Another thing that makes its first appearance in the new RTX 30 series GPUs is the new GDDR6X memory by Micron. You’ll find it on the RTX 3080 and the RTX 3090. Thanks to the PAM4 signal transmission technology, you’re looking at a double data rate per clock. This nets you significant improvements in memory-intensive situations such as AI inference, professional visualization, and of course, gaming.
Even though these technologies bring improvements, it’s the GPUs themselves that you’re probably waiting for, so let’s take a look at them.
Even the lowest-end model released, the RTX 3070, will outperform the previous generation flagship – the RTX 2080 Ti. And it’s 60% faster than its “predecessor”, the RTX 2070. It comes with 8GB of GDDR6 VRAM (not the new GDDR6X memory) and 5,888 CUDA cores. Even with RTX on, you’ll be able to run games at higher framerates. This is the GPU that will hit that sweet spot between 1440p and 4K gaming. The best thing about it? It will only set you back $499.
Moving on to the RTX 3080, this is the first true next-gen graphics card that runs on the new Ampere architecture. With 10GB of GDDR6X memory and a 19Gbps memory buffer, as well as 8,704 CUDA cores, this is a pretty powerful GPU that wipes the floor with any previous-gen graphics card. It’s twice as powerful as an RTX 2080. This is the GPU that will be available first, as we mentioned, and it will cost you $699.
It’s been quite a while since we’ve seen a GPU that ends with 90 from NVIDIA – this is a number that’s usually reserved for the highest-end models out there. But the RTX 3090 is worthy of it. With 24GB of GDDR6X memory, it can handle 8K gaming at 60fps, however insane that sounds. If you compare it to previous-generation GPUs, you’d have to pit it against the RTX Titan – and it will come out victorious because it’s around 50% faster than the RTX Titan. It’s also massive, taking up three slots, and you’ll need at least a 750W power supply for it. To add to this, with a price tag of $1499, we find it hard to recommend for just gaming.
With these new RTX 30 series GPUs bringing significant improvements to the table, and excellent price-to-performance ratios, they’ll be a great choice for anyone looking to upgrade in the near future! Or, if you aren’t keen on spending all that much, you could take a look at the best graphics cards of 2020, and choose something from that list.