Nvidia Announced RTX 30 Series – Amazing Tech With a Hefty Price Tag

By Bill Toulas / September 3, 2020

Nvidia has brought the RTX 30 Series to the world of computing by introducing the GeForce RTX 3090, 3080, and 3070. There are going to be more models later on, but for starters, these are the top of the range. As the graphics hardware expert claims, these new cards are capable of 8K gaming on AAA titles without worrying about FPS count.

Based on the new "Ampere" microarchitecture, the new chips were fabricated in a 8 nm process at Samsung, feature the 2nd generation of RT cores, 3rd generation of Tensor cores, and a lighting-fast GDDR6X memory which was co-developed by Nvidia and Micron.

Without further ado, these are the specs of the three new models:


Source: Nvidia

In terms of technologies support, they are all on the same page, bringing a new generation of ray tracing, DirectX 12 Ultimate, Nvidia DLSS, 360 Hz G-SYNC, OpenGL 4.6, HDMI 2.1 port, DisplayPort 1.4a (x3), PCI Express 4. Moreover, they all come with a requirement for a supplementary power connection using a proprietary connector that requires an adapter to be placed between the PSU cable and the card.

How do these numbers translate to actual performance, though? Nvidia says the RTX 3090 is faster, runs cooler, and quieter than the Titan RTX. The RTX 3080 promises two times the performance of the RTX 2080, and the RTX 3070 is about 60% faster than RTX 2070 and also faster compared to RTX 2080 Ti.

But the new series isn't only about 8K resolutions, high FPS numbers, and high refresh rates all combined. It is also about bringing a new AI-based renderer (DLSS) that improves both the visuals and the performance, and also about bringing mesmerizing ray-tracing effects on Minecraft, Fortnite, Cyberpunk 2077, Call of Duty, Watch Dogs, Wolfenstein, and many more.

The only thing that's left to determine is the price, and this one is going to be a little bit stingy. The RTX 3070 is priced at $499 (available from October), the RTX 3080 goes up to $699 (available on September 17), and the RTX 3090 will be made available with a price tag of $1,499 on September 24. No matter what you're using for gaming right now, the new 30 Series is beyond any comparison, and it's an impressive upgrade even compared to the previous generation.

That said, if you're rocking a 20 Series card, you didn't make the best investment, and you'll have a hard time selling it for something that's going to be worth the trade. If the top range models of the 30 Series are priced too high for you, just wait for the release of the RTX 3060 and 3050, which are rumored to be already in production.

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