Nvidia launched the trio of new graphics processing units (GPUs)–the flagship GeForce RTX 3080, the GeForce RTX 3070, and the GeForce RTX 3090. The Nvidia GeForce RTX 30 Series is based on the company’s Ampere architecture, which delivers up to two times performance and 1.9 times power efficiency than previous-generation GPUs.
The new cards feature several world firsts. They have the dual-axial, flow-through thermal solution, which offers a stunning unibody design with 2x more cooling performance. The RTX 30 Series also offers a new low-profile leaf spring along with a new 12-pin power connector. Nvidia even increased the bandwidth of its HDMI 2.1 to allow a single cable connection to 8K HDR TVs. These next-generation GPUs also provide support for the new AV1 codec for 8K HDR video watching with 50% less bandwidth use.
GeForce RTX 3080
The flagship model in the new series, the RTX 3080 promises twice faster performance than the original RTX 2080. Designed for 4K gaming, this graphics card delivers more than 60fos at 4K resolution. It is built on a custom 8n manufacturing process with 28 billion transistors and features new Micron GDDR6X memory.
GeForce RTX 3070
The RTX 3070 offers faster performance than the $1,200 GeForce RTX 2080 Ti–at less than half the price. It is also 60% faster than the RTX 2070 at the same price.
GeForce RTX 3090
The RTX 3090 is the fastest GPU unit yet built for gaming and content creation. It offers a powerful performance of 60fps at 8K resolution. The graphics card’s 24GB GDDR6X memory can tackle challenging AI algorithms and massive data-hungry workloads. It even comes with a silencer–a three-slot, dual-axial, flow-through design. This makes the RTX 3090 up to 10 times quieter and 30 degrees cooler than the Titan RTX.
Pricing & Availability
The GeForce RTX 3090, 3080, and 3070 GPUs will be available as custom boards, including stock-clocked and factory-overclocked models, from top add-in card providers. This includes ASUS, Colorful, EVGA, Gainward, Galaxy, Gigabyte, Innovision 3D, MSI, Palit, PNY, and Zotac. The Founders Editions are also available from www.nvidia.com.
The second-generation RTX GPUs arrive with the following prices and availability dates:
- GeForce RTX 3080 – $699
Available on September 17, 2020
- GeForce RTX 3070 – $499
Available on October 2020
- GeForce RTX 3090 – $1,499
Available on September 24, 2020
Gamers who purchase a new GeForce RTX 30 Series GPU or system will also receive a PC digital download of Watch Dogs: Legion. This offer is for a limited time only.
Aside from the new RTX GPUs, Nvidia also introduced a slate of new tools for GeForce gamers. The Nvidia Reflex makes competitive gamers quicker, while the Nvidia Broadcast uses AI to build virtual broadcast studios for streamers. Finally, the Nvidia Omniverse Machinima caters to those using real-time computer graphics engines to create movies.