Nvidia revealed its new RTX 3000 line of Ampere-powered GPU earlier in the month–the RTX 3090, 3080, and 3070 cards. The new 3000 series is the second generation of RTX graphics cards that will run features like real-time ray tracing with much higher performance than current RTX cards. Here’s what we know about each card so far, including specs, price, release date, and more. Don’t forget to read our review of the RTX 3080, which called it a “powerful video card with big generational jumps.”
Nvidia RTX 3000 Series Price And Release Dates
The RTX 3080 is set to launch on September 17 for $700 USD, and the RTX 3070 was also revealed with a release window in October and a price of $500. The massive high-end card, the RTX 3090, is said to be capable of 8K resolution at 60 FPS performance–the RTX 3090 will launch on September 24 and pricing starts at a whopping $1500. RTX 3000 series pre-orders are not yet available, but Nvidia’s website does have a “notify me” button if you’re eager to place an order. Traditionally, a new line of GPUs sells out quickly when they first go up for pre-order, and that could easily be the case here due to Nvidia’s surprisingly aggressive pricing.
Nvidia RTX 3000 Series Specs: 3090, 3080, and 3070
For the full technical specs, you can check out our table below for the important details on the Founders Editions of the new Ampere cards. That includes power supply requirements: The 3070 calls for a 650W PSU, while both the 3080 and 3090 need a 750W PSU. You can also get a look at the dimensions of each, with the 3090 measuring in at more than 12 inches long and requiring three slots. All three cards support HDMI 2.1.
|RTX 3090||RTX 3080||RTX 3070|
|Boost Clock||1.7 GHz||1.71 GHz||1.73 GHz|
|Memory Config||24GB GDDR6X||10GB GDDR6X||8GB GDDR6|
|HDMI 2.1 Support||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Power Consumption||350 W||320 W||220 W|
|Recommended PSU||750 W||750 W||650 W|
|Dimensions (inches)||12.3″ x 5.4″ (3-slots)||11.2″ x 4.4″ (2-slot)||9.5″ x 4.4″ (2-slot)|
|Launch Date||September 24, 2020||September 17, 2020||October 2020|
Compared to the Turing-based RTX 2080, the Ampere-based RTX 3080 will be built with 30 shader-TFLOPS (2.7x), 58 RT-TFLOPS (1.7x), and 283 Tensor-TFLOPS (2.7x). Plenty of other details were given in Nvidia’s reveal video, which you can watch a clip of below.
We also got a sneak peek at what performance of an Ampere-based RTX card will perform compared to current-gen cards, and the gains are shown to be significant. Nvidia claims that the RTX 3080 generally performs twice as fast as the RTX 2080–the folks at Digital Foundry did a hands-on preview testing relative performance and came away with around 70% to 90% performance increases depending on the game and situation. The more budget-friendly RTX 3070 is even said slightly outperform the RTX 2080 Ti and at about half the price, too. The beastly RTX 3090 is said to be 50% faster than the enthusiast-tier Titan RTX card. The graph below compares Turing and Ampere performance across a number of games, including Control.
These new RTX 30-series cards are built with a new cooling system, featuring fans on both sides of the board that are pushing and pulling air in both directions independently to better manage temperature. Nvidia claims that these card will run cooler and quieter than RTX 20-series counterparts. As for the Founders Edition board design, here’s a look at the new RTX 3080 video card itself:
The Ampere architecture comes off the heels of the Turing-based RTX 20 series which first introduced real-time ray tracing and AI capabilities in graphics hardware. Those video cards feature multiple processing cores (RT Core and Tensor Core) to manage the heavy workload and make things like high-performance ray tracing in games and DLSS (AI-based supersampling).
Also during the Nvidia stream, we learned that Fortnite will add ray tracing and DLSS support on PC. The company also showcased Cyberpunk 2077’s ray tracing effects and shared a Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War trailer to show off ray tracing. Black Ops Cold War will be a cross-generational and cross-play release, with players able to enjoy the game together regardless of platform. It’s out November 13.
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