It has been two years since NVIDIA rebranded its advanced graphics card series and moved from GeForce GTX to RTX with the 2000 card family. Today we get the next generation of desktop GPUs, RTX 3000, starting with the popular lines: RTX 3070 and 3080. There is also RTX 3090, for those whose PC cases and budgets know no bounds.
All three cards share the NVIDIA Ampere GPU architecture, which the company claims can deliver “up to”; dual performance and 1.9 times the efficiency of the 2000 series at the same levels.
RTX 3070 has 5888 CUDA cores with a base clock of 1.5 GHz, which increases up to 1.73 GHz. It is loaded with 8 GB of GDDR6 memory, requires 220 watts of power from an 8-pin rail, and its 2-card body is 242 mm long. NVIDIA says it’s 60% faster than the previous generation RTX 2070 at the same price point for $ 500. It will be available in October.
By going up to the flagship RTX 3080, you get 8704 CUDA cores and 10 GB of GDDR6 memory with a faster 320-bit memory interface width. The card is longer at 285 mm and requires 320 watts which is delivered via two 8-pole rails. NVIDIA says that this is twice as powerful as the RTX 2080, at a price of 700 USD. It will be released on September 17.
If money is not an object, the RTX 3090 is the absolute bonkers mega card of your dreams. It uses 10,496 CUDA cores, 24 GB of video memory with a 384-bit width, giving 8K resolution to those whose monitor or TV can handle it. You need 350 watts of power for over 8 dual pin pins for GPU alone, three PCI slots in your case and $ 1500 that burns a hole in your bank account. NVIDIA says that the RTX 3090 is 50% faster than the Titan RTX, and it will be released on September 24.
In addition to the power of the raw number, NVIDIA highlights new design features that enable better performance for beam tracking graphics, streaming to services such as Twitch, better compatibility with NVIDIA’s DLSS graphics enhancement technology and more efficient, effective cooling hardware. Buying new cards in the 3000 series gives you a free copy of the upcoming Watch Dogs: Legion, plus one year of GeForce NOW premium service.
If these prices make you crawl, wait a while. NVIDIA is undoubtedly itching to release an RTX 3060 at a more affordable price, not to mention competition from hardware license holders for graphics cards such as ASUS, EVGA and Gigabyte. We should see more variation in patterns and price points late this year or early next year.