Last Updated on September 2, 2020 by Jay
The Nvidia RTX 30xx cards just got announced yesterday and if you thought that the RTX 2080 Ti was powerful, you are in for a treat. Not only they are extremely powerful – but they also offer the best value that we’ve ever seen probably since 2004!
To be more specific, we got to officially see the RTX 3070, 3080, and 3090 (Titan) as well. Wanna know more about them? Then keep on reading!
The New Nvidia RTX 30xx (Ampere) Lineup
As we mentioned above, as of now, Nvidia has officially announced 3 cards from the RTX 30xx lineup:
- RTX 3070
- 3090 (Titan)
1: RTX 3090: The King of the Pack
First things first, let us clarify that the RTX 3090 isn’t exactly a Titan – but it stands where the Titan normally would with “BFGPU” as its sort of joke-codename. It’s the most expensive card out of the pack at $1499! And in exchange for that price tag, you get a GPU that is 50% faster than the previous Titan while it can handle 8K gameplay at 60FPS!
Not only it asks for a lot of money, but it also needs a lot of power. At 350 watts, this is one of the most powerful cards we’ve ever seen. Not to mention one of the biggest as well. Chances are that most of us will have to upgrade both our case and PSU to use something this big and powerful.
And not that it’s going to make much of a difference at this point, but it also comes with 24 gigs of VRAM.
2: RTX 3080: The Flagship
Nvidia’s flagship, the RTX 3080, comes in at $699 while offering twice the performance of its predecessor, the RTX 2080!
At 320 watts, this is the second most power-hungry card in the Nvidia RTX 30xx lineup. This means that if you didn’t already have a somewhat powerful power supply, chances are that you’ll need one now.
It also comes equipped with 10 gigabytes of GDDR6X memory, which, again, is likely more than you’ll need in a very long time.
3: RTX 3070: Best Value
Despite the RTX 3080 and 3090 being monstrously powerful, chances are that the RTX 3070 is really the star of the show here. After all, it beats the RTX 2080 Ti, which costs $1000-1200, for only $499 at launch. That kind of value is truly impossible to beat.
Not to mention that prices are probably only going to go down with time and with 3rd party cooler solutions from the likes of Gigabyte, MSI, and other manufacturers.
Other than that, the RTX 3070 offers 8 gigabytes of VRAM while asking for 220 watts of power. And this may be more than the RTX 2070’s 185-watt TDP. But, considering the kind of performance we get in return, we are more than willing to up our electricity bill a tiny bit.
Nvidia RTX 30xx Lineup: Wrapping Up
Apart from everything that we’ve mentioned above, Nvidia is also bringing more software upgrades to the table. Things such as:
- Improved DLSS 2.0 performance and quality
- RTX Broadcast for artificially removing or changing the background from a webcam feed
- Nvidia Reflex for lowering game input latency
- Studio Creative applications
- And a One-click Automatic GPU Tuning (Auto overclock)
Most of these features should arrive to older Nvidia GPUs with a driver update. However, some of them, such as the DLSS update and RTX Broadcast, are exclusive to RTX 2nd gen and 3rd gen cards. So, those of us who are stuck with a 10xx card are mostly stuck with what we already have.
As for release dates, the RTX 3080 launches first on September 17, then comes the RTX 3090 on September 24, and last, but not least, is the RTX 3070 somewhere in October without a specified date. We’ve yet to hear anything official about the RTX 3060 or a possible 3050 launch. But, rumor has it that the 3060 is going to come later during this year priced at $400 – which sounds pretty reasonable.
That’s all we’ve got for now. We didn’t go too deep into numbers as far as CUDA cores, tensor cores, or anything like that is concerned since we are more interested in real-world performance. Not numbers. And for that, we are gonna have to wait a bit more until we can get our hands on one.
What do you think of the new Nvidia cards? Let us and everyone else know about your thoughts in the comments section down below!
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