It’s been two years since NVIDIA redesigned its range of high-end graphics cards from the GeForce GTX to the RTX with the 2000 card family. Today, we have the new generation of desktop GPU, the RTX 3000 series, starting with the most popular ranges: RTX 3070 and 3080. There is also the RTX 3090, for those whose PC cases and budgets know no limits.
These three maps share the NVIDIA Ampere GPU architecture, which the company says can deliver “up to” twice as much performance and 1.9 times more energy efficiency than the 2000 series at the same levels.
The RTX 3070 has 5,888 CUDA cores with a 1.5 GHz base clock, increasing to 1.73 GHz. It is equipped with 8GB of GDDR6 RAM, requires 220 watts of power from an 8-pin rail and its 2-rail body is 242 mm long. According to NVIDIA, it is 60% faster than the rtX 2070 of the previous generation, for the same price of $500. It will be available in October.
The RTX 3080, NVIDIA’s flagship product, features 8,704 CUDA cores and 10GB of GDDR6 memory with a faster 320-bit memory interface. The card is longer, 285 mm, and requires 320 watts provided by two 8-pin rails. According to NVIDIA, it is twice as powerful as the RTX 2080, sold for $700. It will go on sale on September 17.
If money isn’t a problem, then the RTX 3090 is the absolutely awesome mega-card of your dreams. It uses 10,496 CUDA cores, 24GB of 384-bit video memory, offering 8K resolution to those whose monitor or TV can support it. You’ll need 350 watts of power for 8-pin double rails for the GPU alone, three PCI slots in your case, and $1,500. According to NVIDIA, the RTX 3090 is 50% faster than the Titan RTX, and will be released on September 24.
In addition to raw computing power, NVIDIA is promoting new design features that allow for better performance for ray tracing graphics, streaming to services like Twitch, better compatibility with NVIDIA’s DLSS graphic boosting technology, and more efficient and efficient cooling equipment. Purchasing a new 3000 Series card will give you a free copy of the future Watch Dogs: Legion, as well as one year of Premium GeForce NOW service.
If these prices make you crack, wait a little. NVIDIA is no doubt looking forward to releasing an RTX 3060 at a more affordable price, not to mention competition from graphics card licensees such as ASUS, EVGA and Gigabyte. We should see a greater variety of designs and prices at the end of this year or early next year.