INTRO: Nvidia has today unveiled its latest consumer gaming graphics cards. The second generation of Nvidia’s ray tracing enabled GPUs are powered by the Ampere architecture the company unveiled earlier this year.
The new RTX 3070, RTX 3080, and RTX 3090 offers up to 2x the performance of the last generation Turing based RTX cards. Moreover, they also offer a 1.9x improvement in power efficiency in comparison to their older brethren.
Improvements in RTX 30 Series GPUs
The new GPUs offer massive improvements across the board. Nvidia claims a 2x FP32 throughput as compared to RTX 20 series GPUs, and 30 Shader-TFLOPS of processing power in the new RTX series of cards. As for ray tracing, the new RT cores offer 2x the throughput of the previous generation along with features like concurrent ray tracing, shading, and compute, with 58 RT-TFLOPS of processing power.
Nvidia’s RTX 30 series GPUs will also make use of the DLSS technology that last year’s RTX cards used for improved performance in RTX enabled games. However, the RTX 30 series uses third generation Tensor cores, which means they are faster and more efficient for AI-powered technologies, including Nvidia DLSS.
New GDDR6X Memory
The RTX 3070, 3080, and 3090 use the new GDDR6X memory. Developed in partnership with Micron, Nvidia claims that this is the fastest discrete graphics memory in the market with speeds close to 1TB/s for graphics card applications. Basically, you can expect much better game and app performance with the new GPUs.
RTX 3070, RTX 3080, RTX 3090 Price
The RTX 3070 is at the bottom of the stack. Priced at ₹51,000 for the Founders Edition, this GPU offers faster performance than the RTX 2080Ti and is almost 60% faster than the RTX 2070. The RTX 3070 comes with 8GB of GDDR6 memory. Note that this isn’t the new GDDR6X memory that is present in the other two RTX GPUs announced today.
The RTX 3080, on the other hand, is up to 2x faster than the RTX 2080. Coming in at ₹71,000 for the Founders Edition, the GPU packs in 10GB of GDDR6X memory and is claimed to consistently deliver 60 frames per second in 4K gaming.
At the very top is RTX 3090. Nvidia is calling this the BFGPU (Big Ferocious GPU). It comes with a whopping 24GB GDDR6X memory, is up to 50% faster than even the Titan RTX GPU, and can consistently deliver 60 frames per second for 8K gaming. It has a price to match those insane specs, too, coming in at ₹1,52,000 for the Founders Edition.
For a limited time, customers buying the new RTX 30 series GPUs will get a PC digital download of Watch Dogs: Legion along with a free one-year subscription to GeForce Now — Nvidia’s cloud gaming service.
Along with the new graphics cards, Nvidia also announced three new technologies for gamers.
- Nvidia Reflexis a new suite of technologies to optimise system latency. The new Nvidia Reflex Low-Latency Mode can reduce latency by upto 50% and is being integrated into popular esports titles including Apex Legends, COD: Warzone, Fortnite, and Valorant.
- Nvidia Broadcast: a new universal plugin that is aimed at streamers. This plugin enhances the quality of mics and webcams with RTX-accelerated effects including audio noise removal, virtual backgrounds, and more.
- Nvidia Omniverse Machinima: geared towards video game storytelling. This tool will let users take assets from supported games and use their webcams to create characters, add physics and animations, and publish this cinematics. The program will soon enter early access, and you can sign up if you’re interested.
More RTX Enabled Games Are On the Way
Also announced at the event were a bunch of games that will be coming with ray tracing enabled graphics soon. Fortnite is going to add ray tracing to the game, and Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will support ray tracing as well. These games will join the likes of Cyberpunk 2077, Dying Light 2, and Watch Dogs: Legion.