NVIDIA unveiled their next generational GPU line yesterday with the GeForce RTX 30 Series, powered by the NVIDIA Ampere architecture. The new RTX line, GeForce RTX 3090, 3080, and 3070 GPUs is scheduled to be released starting this 17th September with the RTX 3080, followed by the 3090 on the 29th of September and the RTX 3070 sometime in October.
The 2nd generation RTX series has been declared by NVIDIA as their greatest-ever generational leap in GeoForce history, with up to 2x the performance and 1.9x the power efficiency over the previous Turing-based generation as well as several new features. These new GPUs have new streaming multiprocessors, delivering 2x the FP32 throughput of the previous generation with the 3080 having an incredible 30 Shader-TFLOPS of processing power.
They have also introduced the next generation of RT and Tensor cores, with both also delivering 2x the throughput of the previous generation. This incredible jump has allowed RTX-enabled games such as Minecraft and Control to have double the FPS it had compared to the RTX 2080 with higher performance on the RTX TITAN successor; the RTX 3090 that has been promoted as a card for 8k gaming.
One of the highly anticipated features of the new cards is the RTX IO, that will enable rapid GPU-based loading and game asset decompression, and accelerating input/output by up to 100x compared to hard drives and traditional storage API. This feature is designed to work in tandem with Microsoft’s new DirectStorage API, as RTX IO offloads dozens of CPU cores worth of work to the RTX GPU.
The RTX 30 Series line is also equipped with GDDR6X, a new discrete graphics memory that provides data speeds of close to 1TB/s system memory bandwidth for graphic card applications, and is built on NVIDIA’s 8nm node in conjunction with Samsung, that allows for higher transistor density and efficiency compared to the previous node size.
While the specs for the GPUs are impressive, and performance on the games that were shown has had vast increase in FPS (at an average 80% more compared to the RTX 2080) the biggest megaton was the competitive pricing of the GPUs. RTX 3090, 3080 and 3070 will be available for buyers at USD$ 1,499, 699, and 499 respectively.