Nvidia has always been the manufacturer of Graphics processing units (GPU), that I tend to lean into more than the rest. Even right now, I’m using the GeForce RTX 2060 on my laptop for gaming, and it has served me well. However, the GeForce RTX 30 Series GPUs are convincing me that it might be time for an upgrade.
The GeForce RTX 30 Series.
Today, Nvidia has revealed it’s next generation of GPUs, the GeForce RTX 30 Series and boldly claims to be the ‘Greatest-Ever Generational Leap’. And honestly, they have some valid points to back up that claim.
Powered by NVIDIA Ampere architecture, these GPUs are exceptional powerhouses can provide twice the performance while increasing power efficiency by 1.9 times! And that’s only the tip of the iceberg of what this GPUs’ capabilities are.
Here’s an overview of the GeForce RTX 30 Series GPUs’ capacities.
● New streaming multiprocessors: The building block for the world’s fastest, most efficient GPU, delivering 2x the FP32 throughput of the previous generation, and 30 Shader-TFLOPS of processing power.
● Second-gen RT Cores: New dedicated RT Cores deliver 2x the throughput of the previous generation, plus concurrent ray tracing and shading and compute, with 58 RT-TFLOPS of processing power.
● Third-gen Tensor Cores: New dedicated Tensor Cores, with up to 2x the throughput of the previous generation, making it faster and more efficient to run AI-powered technologies, like NVIDIA DLSS, and 238 Tensor-TFLOPS of processing power.
● NVIDIA RTX IO: Enables rapid GPU-based loading and game asset decompression, accelerating input/output performance by up to 100x compared with hard drives and traditional storage APIs. In conjunction with Microsoft’s new DirectStorage for Windows API, RTX IO offloads dozens of CPU cores’ worth of work to the RTX GPU, improving frame rates and enabling near instantaneous game loading.
● World’s fastest graphics memory: NVIDIA has worked with Micron to create the world’s fastest discrete graphics memory for the RTX 30 Series, GDDR6X. It provides data speeds of close to 1TB/s system memory bandwidth for graphics card applications, maximising game and app performance.
Credits to NVIDIA Press Release
● Next-gen process technology: New 8N NVIDIA custom process from Samsung, which allows for higher transistor density and more efficiency.
Pricing and Availability
GeForce RTX 30 series GPUs Founder’s Edition will be available in three versions, and the pricing varies accordingly.
The GeForce RTX 3070 costs US$499 and comes with 8GB of GDDR6 memory. It will be perfect for gamers who are looking for an affordable GPU that’s capable of running games at 4K and 1440p resolutions with satisfactory performance.
The GeForce RTX 3080 costs US$699 and comes with 10GB of GDDR6 memory. It will be the standard for what every gamer is going to want in their system. Meant to deliver the ultimate gaming experience, GeForce RTX 3080 is two times faster than the RTX 2080 and capable of performing at 60 frames per second with 4K resolution.
The GeForce RTX 3090 costs US$1,499 and comes with 24GB of GDDR6 memory along with a three-slot, dual-axial, flow-through design to keep it cooler and quieter. This beast of a GPU is for gamers who want to break all boundaries and experience gaming in 60 fps with 8K resolution! Or for content creations to push the limits of their workloads and tackle it with ease.
The GeForce RTX 30 series GPUs will be available as customizable boards built into systems by providers such as ASUS, Colorful, EVGA, Gainward, Galaxy, Gigabyte, Innovision 3D, MSI, Palit, PNY, and Zotac. It will also be available as standalone Founder’s Edition units directly from Nvidia.
The RTX 3080 model will be available from September 17 whereas the RTX 3090 will only be available from September 24. The RTX 3070 will be available next month, October. And if you’re a gamer, then you’ll be glad to know that you’ll receive the digital version of Watch Dogs: Legion for free with any purchase of the GeForce RTX 30 Series GPU.
For more information on the GeForce RTX 30 series GPUs, please click here to visit the official site.