Nvidia has finally detailed its new line of video cards, which is under the new Ampere architecture. Specifically, the RTX 3080, 3070, and 3090 cards were revealed. These are the second generation of RTX cards that will run features like real-time ray tracing with much higher performance than current RTX cards.
The RTX 3080 is set to launch on September 17 for $700 USD, and the RTX 3070 was also revealed with a release window in October and a price of $500. There’s also a massive high-end card coming out: the RTX 3090 which is said to be capable of 8K resolution at 60 FPS performance. The RTX 3090 will launch on September 24 and pricing is said to start at a whopping $1500.
As far as technical specs go, you can check out our table below for the important details on the Founders Editions of the new Ampere cards.
|RTX 3090||RTX 3080||RTX 3070|
|Boost Clock||1.7 GHz||1.71 GHz||1.73 GHz|
|Memory Config||24GB GDDR6X||10GB GDDR6X||8GB GDDR6|
|HDMI 2.1 Support||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Power Consumption||350 W||320 W||220 W|
|Recommended PSU||750 W||750 W||650 W|
|Dimensions (inches)||12.3″ x 5.4″ (3-slots)||11.2″ x 4.4″ (2-slot)||9.5″ x 4.4″ (2-slot)|
Compared to Turing, Ampere cards will be built with 30 shader-TFLOPS (2.7x that of Turing), 58 RT-TFLOPS (1.7x Turing), and 283 Tensor-TFLOPS (2.7x Turing). Plenty of other details were given in Nvidia’s reveal video, which you can watch a clip of below.
We also got a sneak peek at what performance of an Ampere-based RTX card will perform compared to current gen cards, and the gains are shown to be significant.
Here’s a look at the new RTX 3080 video card itself:
The Ampere architecture comes off the heels of the Turing-based RTX 2000 series which first introduced real-time ray tracing and AI capabilities in graphics hardware. Those video cards feature multiple processing cores (RT Core and Tensor Core) to manage the heavy workload and make things like high performance ray tracing in games and DLSS (AI-based antialiasing).
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