NVIDIA's latest GPU Series 30 has been officially unveiled, after several weeks of leaking chaos. The company today introduced the RTX 3080 and RTX 3070, which are based on the new "Ampere" architecture. They promise significant performance improvements in real-time beam detection and will include 10 GB of GDDR6X RAM and 8 GB of GDDR6 RAM, respectively. The flagship RTX 3080 will cost $ 699, the same as the current 2080, while the RTX 3070 will cost $ 499. And if none of the above covers you, the company has released the RTX 3090, a huge GPU that costs $ 1.499 for 8K gaming.
NVIDIA says the RTX 3080 is twice as fast as the 2080, while the 3070 is faster than the RTX 2080 Ti. We're not sure how NVIDIA measures performance, but if the numbers in the real world are close to the company's estimates, high-end PC gaming has just gotten a lot cheaper.
The RTX 3080 will arrive with a dual fan setting, with one fan exhausting the air through the boom and another blowing over the card as a more modern cooling solution. Third-party cards, such as EVGA and MSI, will likely use more traditional two- and three-fan settings.
NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang describes the new RTX Ampere architecture as a huge leap forward from the first generation. The RTX 3080 will feature 30 shader teraflops instead of the 11 2080, and 58 RT TFLOPs, compared to 34. But Ampere's biggest leap is in AI Tensor Cores, which clock at 238 tensor TFLOPs instead of just 89. Huang also said that the new architecture makes beam detection more efficient alongside the normal rasterized performance. The more one game is based on ray detection, the greater the improvement you will see from an Ampere card.
NVIDIA also introduced RTX IO, a new way to quickly download and decompress textures directly from its GPUs. Combines with Microsoft DirectStorage for Windows to allow RTX GPUs to handle "dozens of CPU cores". What do you really earn? The game is loaded on the supported hardware immediately.
Both the 3080 and 3070 will be among the first GPUs to support HDMI 2.1. HDMI 2.1, which is a common specification in modern high-tech TVs, allows higher frame rates and resolutions such as 4K at 120 frames per second. The most important feature for them players, however, is built-in variable refresh rate support. This means that a supported TV can behave like a Freesync or G-Sync monitor.
The RTX 3080 will be available from September 17, while the RTX 3070 will be released in October. Finally, the RTX 3090 will be released in stores on September 24.