NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3000 Series Release Date, Price, Specs

The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3000 series cards are here and in full swing. In fact, the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 got their release in September 2020, the RTX 3070 and 3060Ti in October and December respectively the same year. In early 2021, the RTX 3060 released.

AMD should be commended for its success in having its graphics chips included in next-generation gaming consoles, which features stable 4K gaming and providing solid competition with their latest GPU lineup – RX 6000 series.

AMD’s RX 6900 XT even beats the RTX 3090 in raw-rasterization performance while costing $500 less. However, when it comes to ray tracing performance, the RTX series easily overcomes AMD GPUs.

If you wish to purchase one of the cards, you can check out our Order section at the bottom of the page. There are reports suggesting that the RTX 3000 GPUs will be in short supply until the end of 2021 so you might have some trouble finding one in stock.

Related:NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4000 Series Release Date, Price, Specs

Updates +

  • June 12, 2021: Added new benchmarks for the Ti variants of the 3070 and 3080.
  • June 9, 2021: New gaming performance leaks for the 3070 Ti.
  • June 3, 2021: Added official information regarding the release, specs, and price of the 3080 Ti and 3070 Ti.
  • May 24, 2021: Added alleged information regarding the RTX 3080 Ti and RTX 3070 Ti specifications. Updated release date too.
  • May 16, 2021: New leaks for upcoming RTX 3080 Ti and RTX 3070 Ti
  • April 5, 2021: Added information about the RTX 3060.
  • March 17, 2021: Corrected a bit of outdated info and added a link to the new RTX 4000 series news article above
  • December 20, 2020: Added the info on the RTX 3060 Ti.
  • November 22, 2020: Removed the outdated info.
  • October 24, 2020: Touched upon the rumored releases and cancelation variants of the RTX 3070 and RTX 3080.
  • October 15, 2020: Discussed the availability and driver issues on launch.
  • October 11, 2020: Edited some incorrect information.
  • September 19, 2020: Updated info and added extra specifications for the RTX 3080, RTX 3070 variant, and RTX 3060.
  • September 18, 2020: Confirmed RTX 3070’s release date.
  • September 16, 2020: Added benchmarks from reliable reviewers.
  • September 14, 2020: Added the date for AMD’s Future of Radeon PC Gaming event (October 28, 2020).
  • September 8, 2020: Added RTX 3070 AIB cards.
  • September 4, 2020: Added RTX 3080 AIB cards.
  • September 3, 2020: Added pre-order section with links to pages where you can pre-order the cards. Also added twelve RTX 3090 AIB cards, specifications will follow soon.
  • September 2, 2020: Removed outdated info and updated the article with fresh info revealed at the September 1 Nvidia GeForce Launch Event. Removed a lot of rumors, speculations, and mentions of DLSS 3.0.
  • August 31, 2020: Clarified the naming of the flagship card. Updated the featured image with the ZOTAC GeForce RTX 3090.
  • August 25, 2020: Added the water cooling news and the official name for the 12-pin power connector.
  • August 23, 2020: Added the full price leaks, physical size rumors, and new power connector clarification.
  • August 20, 2020: Clarified the price rumors.
  • August 18, 2020: Added the rumored price.
  • August 15, 2020: Confirmed GDDR6X and covered the PCB leak.
  • August 11, 2020: Covered Nvidia’s “21 Days, 21 Years” announcement.
  • August 9, 2020: Added speculation about professional cards and rumors about Nvidia sending a “better” review copy.
  • August 8, 2020: Cleared up the RTX 2000 series rumors and added a reveal date.
  • August 5, 2020: Added the dates for specific versions’ launch.
  • August 1, 2020: Clarified the rumors regarding the performance increase over RTX 2080 Ti.
  • July 30, 2020: Added the rumors about the RTX 3080 Ti (now RTX 3090) being 40% faster than the RTX 2080 Ti and news that Nvidia will start sampling their Ampere lineup in August.
  • July 28, 2020: Added a link to our GPU hierarchy, which might be helpful to get an overview of the current GPU offerings from AMD and Nvidia.
  • July 26, 2020: According to multiple sources, the RTX 3080 will be 20% faster than the RTX 2080 Ti.

For this reason, many believed that the RTX 3000 series wasn’t going to based on Ampere, but that was not the case.

Much like what they did with Volta, Nvidia announced Ampere for Data Centers without mentioning consumer GPUs at all. Although the RTX 2000 series wasn’t built on Volta, it still played a role in developing the Turing architecture, which was the first product to use Tensor Cores, which are instrumental in the RTX 2000 series.

RTX 2000 series graphics cards
NVIDIA’s RTX 3000 series offers significant performance bumps over the RTX 2000 series

Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang has previously stated that their next generation of GPUs will all use the 7nm manufacturing process, that didn’t come to fruition as Nvidia is using Samsung’s 8nm process. This is the same process used for Exynos 9820 which was used in Samsung’s Galaxy S10 phones.

As this is an adapted 10nm process, it doesn’t increase transistor density by too much. Although this is still an improvement over the RTX 2000 series’ 12nm process, it’s still behind AMD’s 7nm. Regardless, even with a 12nm node, Nvidia still stays pretty competitive against AMD’s 7nm lineup.

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Release Date

NVIDIA RTX Ampere

Nvidia seemed like they were determined to beat AMD’s RDNA 2 launch and officially announced their new flagship and enthusiast cards at the September 1st event. The RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 have been in the DVT (Design Validation Test) for quite a while now, so it’s fair to assume that the production started in August 2020.

Nvidia’s Jensen Huang confirmed in a virtual event that their flagship RTX 3080 will launch September 17, with their enthusiast-class RTX 3090 coming September 24.

Their mid-range representative, the RTX 3070, was released on October 29, although the original release date was slated to be October 15. This might’ve been a power move to take focus away from AMD who held its announcement stream for its RX 6000 series GPUs the day before.

The budget card, RTX 3060 Ti was released on December 2 and has so far blown away people with the performance at its low price.

Nvidia Ampere was originally intended to be presented to the world at Nvidia’s GTC conference in March, 2020, but the event was canceled. It was then tentatively moved to Computex, which got delayed several times until it was fully canceled. This forced Nvidia to create its own virtual event.

After GTC was called off, it was reported that Ampere would be fully announced in August. There were rumors that Quadro RTX cards would be released first, with the RTX 3000 GPUs left for later on, but that was obviously incorrect.

Some leaks suggested that Nvidia will release yet another GTX 1650 card, which might have had interesting implications regarding the RTX 3000 series’ budget options, but once it was confirmed that there will be an RTX 3060 card, with an additional ‘Ti’ variant, the possibility for another GTX 1650 was dropped.

There have even been some shaky rumors regarding an RTX 3050 card. We’ll see what 2021 has to offer.

As far as additional versions are concerned, there is already a Ti variant of the 3060 released and there are some rumors suggesting the same for the 3070, 3080, and 3090. With the Ti variants, a considerable increase in performance is expected, but they also might come with two times the VRAM.

That’s certainly an interesting thing to keep in mind when considering upgrading your GPU.

What was once just speculation is now becoming a reality. It is official, the RTX 3080 Ti and RTX 3070 Ti were announced by Nvidia during Computex 2021 on 2nd June 2021, and the 3080 Ti was available for purchase the next day.

The 3070 Ti became available for purchase on the 10th of June.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphics card
Nvidia’s first next-generation card RTX 3080 is coming September 17

It’s interesting that Nvidia followed the established release pattern that goes all the way back to 2014 with the GTX 980. Roughly two years later, in August of 2016, the world was introduced to the GTX 1080, and two years after that, we got the RTX 2080. They have kept up with the rough two-year space between the launches with RTX 3000 series coming in September 2020.

Apparently, the rumors were true and Nvidia started sampling their Ampere lineup in late August, which helped a lot in nailing that September launch.

There were heavy speculations regarding the state of the world in 2020 and the way it would affect the tech industry, but it looks like Nvidia was able to muscle through largely unscathed and maintain business as usual.

The Nvidia GeForce September 1 Event

On September 1st, Jensen Huang hosted a virtual event where he presented us with new details for the RTX 3000 series, such as release date, pricing, specifications and a host of other features.

Watch the full presentation below and you’ll get familiar with most of the things you need to know ahead of the launch.

The RTX 2000 Series Cards Are Now Deprecated

Right before the release of the RTX 3000 series, Nvidia stopped the production of the RTX 2000 cards and told the vendors to empty out the shelves containing them to make room for the new GPUs.

The possible consequence of this is that the retailers won’t raise the prices of the RTX 3000 cards in order to sway the consumers to buy more RTX 2000 cards so that their inventory can be cleared.

If you bought an RTX 2000 series card such as the enthusiast RTX 2080 Ti card and still have the option to return it, you should do it now and wait for the RTX 3090 or RTX 3080 for vastly superior performance.

Availability Issues On Launch

Much like any coveted new technology, Nvidia’s RTX 3000 series had some serious supply-and-demand issues upon launch. For days, there were terrifying reports of sites crashing and failing to load all thanks to the ridiculous amount of users wanting to get their hands on the card. Some videos online depicted extremely long lines for the card as well.

Another issue that popped up was the scalpers. As always, their predatory practices enabled them to get their hands on the goods before everyone else and then sell it at some crazy markups, with some even going up as high as $60,000.

In mid-October, Nvidia itself decided to stop selling the Founders Edition cards through its website due to the overwhelming demand and instead opted to go through retailers like Best Buy. All this means that you should be really careful when buying your next GPU online. And most importantly, stay patient.

As expected, those launch day supply issues affected the launch of the RTX 3070 as well despite the announced delay to ensure availability.

Another big thing that plagued the launch was driver problems. Some cards would crash to desktop and others would shut down completely, and that brought many troubles to Nvidia fans because they had to go through a lot to get those cards in the first place.

As of now, those driver issues now appear to be solved, although there are still some minor problems like slowdowns or stuttering.

No Room For Ti Variants

There were talks and rumors that we will be seeing Ti variants of the RTX 3070 and 3080 very soon, but we simply can’t find any justification for these new SKUs.

In June of 2021, these new SKUs released, and considering their awful pricing, these GPUs definitely do not fit anywhere.

It’s no secret that there are issues with the supply of the production of chips from TSMC, Samsung, or any other chip manufacturer. This has led to a major shortage of GPUs.

Because of this shortage, we can’t but pose the question: Is there enough room for the 3070 Ti and 3080 Ti?

Keep in mind, both the RTX 3080 and 3070 are still in production. This means that Nvidia will be splitting their chips further which could lead to even more supply issues.

But, get this.

On average, the $1500 RTX 3090 is about 5% faster than the RTX 3080. So, if a card that is twice as expensive provides such a minimal performance uplift, how much performance is the 3080 Ti going to provide? Will this GPU bring anything to the table other than a few more gigabytes of VRAM than the 3080?

The same can be said for the RTX 3070 Ti. On average the 3070 is anywhere between 10% to 15% slower than the RTX 3080. There is definitely more room to fit the Ti variant between these GPUs, but it’s still going to be an insignificant increase in performance.

Price

Following Nvidia’s price bump trend from the GTX 1000 series to RTX 2000 series, it was widely assumed that the RTX 3000 series will be even more expensive.

RTX 3090

The expected enthusiast-class was thought to be above the $2000 price point and likely closer to $3000. The presumed flagship RTX 3090 was thought would take RTX 2080 Ti’s position at the consumer GPU throne with a price point of $1500. Although this guess was correct, it is important to say that RTX 3090 is in fact the enthusiast card, while 3080 is the flagship.

With the news of RTX 3000 series easily outperforming even the best of the best from the 2000 series, and seeing how there was no mention of this generation’s Titan card, many are assigning the RTX 3090 as its replacement. Given the price of the previous generations’ Titan cards, the RTX 3090 indeed took its place on the market position which is a tremendous price cut.

However, because of that particular reason, there’s a strong belief that a Titan card is still coming, but at a later date.

On the September 1st event, Nvidia’s CEO Jensen Huang confirmed that Nvidia’s Ampere top model named RTX 3090 will cost $1499. This is some $300 more than the last generation’s best representative RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition, but it’s also important to say that these cards are not equally positioned on the market with RTX 3090 being more comparable to Titan RTX.

There have also been rumors about an Ampere GPU coming in at a whopping $2000, but that is widely speculated to be a special edition type card or an Ampere Titan variable. There is no confirmation from Nvidia that this card even exists or that it was planned, but some reliable leakers have stuck to their guns regarding this one.

RTX 3080

The flagship of the Ampere series is the RTX 3080 coming at a cost of $699 which is on the same level as Turing’s RTX 2080 on its launch. Another thing that is extremely interesting is the ‘flagship’ label. From the announcement of the previous generation, RTX 2080 Ti had that position, but at a ludicrous $1200 price point.

RTX 3070

It appears that AMD’s last-generation undercutting of the prices in the mid-range didn’t really affect Nvidia, as they announced that the RTX 3070 will cost $499, the same as their last-generation best mid-range option, the RTX 2070.

RTX 3080/3070 Ti

The newest addition in the Ampere family is the Ti variants of the 3080 and 3070. The official pricing for these GPUs is quite disappointing.

The 3080 Ti is priced at a whopping 1199 US dollars. That is more than anyone expected. Most enthusiasts believe this Ti GPU deserves a spot between the RX 6900 XT and the 3080. So, about $800-$850. Nvidia’s stance on this is completely unrealistic.

The 3070 Ti isn’t as bad, starting at $599, but it’s still too much. It’s $100 more than the RTX 3070. Since the review embargo still has not been lifted, there still aren’t any benchmarks regarding this GPU, but we can assume that there won’t be anything that could justify those $200.

Either get a 3070 or a 3080.

Related:AMD RDNA 2 Release Date, Price And Specs

RTX 3060/3060 Ti

At the bottom of the price range, you will find the RTX 3060, 3060Ti and the RX 6700 XT from AMD. But, for those waiting for low to mid-end, they’ll have to wait a bit more.

So far, they’ve been relatively level in that area, but many are hoping that the next generation of GPUs will bring another level in the low/mid-end budget category and that we are going to get even more affordable graphics cards.

An important caveat – most of these predictions are largely dependent on AMD’s response in the budget sector. Nvidia has been the undisputed king of GPUs so far and this might have been the case for the past several years, but things have changed with the RX 6000 series.

There were a lot of rumors and speculations regarding the RTX 3060 which were rooting for a $299 price tag. With a $200 gap in prices between RTX 3080 and RTX 3070, $299 made sense, but ultimately the 3060 was released with a pricing of $329. More than what was speculated, but still a good budget option for anyone looking to upgrade their GPU.

Overall, both sides are offering great options for the high-end and mid-end GPU market. Both Big Navi and Ampere are performing pretty good and we’ll probably see interesting offers in the lower-end sector by the end of 2021.

Specifications

NVIDIA RTX 2080 Ti and RTX 2080

Earlier this year, there was a massive leak that supposedly revealed ‘an unknown’ Nvidia GPU that was yet to be released. The most interesting point to take from this leak is the 33 teraflops of theoretical floating-point performance, which is utterly insane and completely blows the RTX 2080 Ti out of the water, which is at 13.45 TFLOPs. Interestingly enough, this is also far superior to what the Xbox Series X is rumored to offer, at 12 TFLOPs.

There was also a second GPU whose benchmark was leaked, but which appeared to be a slightly less powerful version. These two GPUs showed 118 and 108 streaming processors, respectively. Given Nvidia’s track record, this would equate to 7,552 CUDA Cores in the former and 6,912 CUDA Cores in the latter. This handily surpasses the RTX 2080 Ti’s 4,352 Cuda Cores and almost sounds too good to be true.

The bigger chip had 24GB of memory, ran at 1.11GHz, and earned an OpenCL score of 184,096 in Geekbench, This turned out to be the RTX 3090. The smaller one was shown to have a mind-boggling 48GB of HBM2E VRAM although with a lower 1.01GHz clock and it scored 141,654 in Geekbench. Unfortunately, we haven’t seen any signs of a GPU with 48GB of VRAM.

Both of these chips easily outperform the current best offering from Nvidia (the Titan RTX and Quadro RTX 8000), which score around “only” 130,000 in Geekbench.

Related:GPU Hierarchy 2021 – Graphics Card Tier List

At the time, rumors indicated that these two are professional-grade Quatro cards, but the lesser one turned out to be an consumer card. Given the rumors that AMD was coming with a ‘Biggest Navi‘ card for Q1 2021, it made sense for NVIDIA to push down the TITAN to a lower price level to counter AMD’s card.

NVIDIA

There were several supposed specs that have been leaked to the public and these strongly suggested something similar to what Nvidia has done in the past with their RTX 2000 series as far as different classes of GPUs are concerned. It’s been heavily speculated that the three GA102 cards will be the 2nd Generation Titan RTX, the RTX 3090, and the RTX 3080.

Although there has been no mention of this generation’s Titan card, the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 were officially announced.

After the official launch event, it was speculated that RTX 3090 is, in fact, this generation’s Titan variant. This likely shut down the door of Ti/Super suffixes losing their place, but nothing has been announced yet, so we’ll have to wait and see.

Some other information that came from the launch is that the RTX 3000 series are equipped with GDDR6X memory, although RTX 3070 and RTX 3060 Ti stick to GDDR6.

Micron (memory manufacturer) came out in August with a document suggesting that RTX 3090 will be equipped with GDDR6X memory with 21 Gbps. It turned out to be 24GB of GDDR6X at 19.5 Gbps, which is still insane.

Another thing that is overlooked a bit is the 19.5 Gbps memory speed, which is more than a 30% improvement over Nvidia’s previous generation’s best representative, the RTX 2080 Ti.

According to Nvidia itself, the RTX 3080 is twice as fast as the RTX 2080, while the RTX 3070 is able to outperform Turing’s best showing, which is the RTX 2080 Ti. The actual specification for these cards is what blew us out of the water.

The RTX 3080 features 30 shader TFLOPs which is almost three times as much as the RTX 2080 Ti’s 11. Another big jump is in the RT TFLOPs area where 3080 has 58 and outshine 2080 Ti’s 34.

However, the biggest leap appears to be in the AI tensor core department, which will see the RTX 3080 with 238 TFLOPs which is significantly more than the RTX 2080 Ti’s 89.

You can see the updated details of each GPU in the table below. An important note here is that this info was gathered during the official launch event, but also from some rumors and speculations.

Model NameRelease DateSpecificationsPrice
RTX 3090September 24, 202082 RT cores, 328 Tensor cores, 1395MHz/1695 MHz base/boost clock, 35.58 TLFOPs, 10496 Cuda cores, 24GB GDDR6X, 19.5Gbps, 384bit$1499
RTX 3080 Ti2nd June, 2021Alleged specs: 80 RT cores, 320 Tensor cores, 1365/1665 MHz base/boost clock, 19Gbps, 10240 Cuda cores, 12 GB GDDR6X, 384-bit$1199
RTX 3080September 17, 202068 RT cores, 272 Tensor cores, 1440MHz/1710 MHz base/boost clock, 8704 Cuda cores, 10GB GDDR6X, 19Gbps, 320bit$699
RTX 3070 Ti10th June, 2021Alleged specs: 48 RT cores, 192 Tensor cores, TBC/TBC MHz base/boost clock, 19Gbps, 6144 Cuda cores, 8 GB GDDR6X, 256-bit $599
RTX 3070October 29, 202046 RT cores, 184 Tensor cores, 1500MHz/1725 MHz base/boost clock, 14Gbps, 5888 Cuda cores, 8 GB GDDR6, 256-bit$499
RTX 3060TiDecember 2, 202038 RT cores, 4864 Cuda cores, 152 Tensor cores, 1410Mhz /1665Mhz base/boost clock, 14Gbps, 8 GB GDDR6$399
RTX
3060
February 25, 202128 RT cores, 3584 Cuda cores, 112 Tensor cores, 1320/1777 MHz base/boost clock, 15Gbps, 12 GB GDDR6$329

Disclaimer: there are rumors circulating that Nvidia may ship review samples of RTX 3080 with 12GB of VRAM and 384-bit bus width, but then limit it with a software solution to 10GB and 320-bit bus. However, these aren’t exactly substantiated, so it’s best to take them with a grain of salt.

The latest leaks on Bilibili (by TecLab) show benchmarks before the official release of the RTX 3070 Ti. In gaming performance, this GPU seems to be about 20% slower than the RTX 3080 while about 10% faster than the non-TI 3070. This is about what everyone expected from this card. At $599, it might provide solid price-per-performance.

And it seems like these leaks were true as benchmarks from various tech reviewers show those same numbers.

Unfortunately, just a few days before the RTX 3070 launch, several AIB sources have leaked that they have been informed by Nvidia that neither the RTX 3070 16GB nor the RTX 3080 20GB variant will see the light of day, despite previous heavy rumors.

The buzz within the enthusiast community seems to suggest that the reason because of GDDR6X yield issues. Still, that doesn’t really make sense for the RTX 3070 16GB version which employs GDDR6 memory instead.

With the DisplayPort 2.0 standard getting its official and long-awaited release in 2019 and predictions that it will be available in 2021, there were rumors that the RTX 3000 series will be offering DP 2.0 support, unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. We may see an updated version of the RTX 3000 series with DP 2.0. Or with the Ti/Super variants.

As expected, they will support HDMI 2.1, as it was already available on Nvidia’s RTX 2000 series.

The NVIDIA Ampere Architecture supports the highest HDMI 2.1 link rate of 12Gbs/lane across all 4 lanes and supports Display Stream Compression (DSC) to be able to power up to 8K, 60Hz in HDR.

Qi Lin – Nvidia Principal Product Manager

The latest information surrounding the power consumption was the 12-pin power connector required for the RTX 3080. Although it was originally speculated that two 6-pin power connectors would work just fine, it has now been confirmed that RTX 3000 series requires the brand new 12-pin power connector.

It was confirmed that the new 12-pin connector will only be present in the RTX 3080 FE and the RTX 3090 FE and that it is called “Nvidia 12-pin PCIe Molex Micro-Fit 3.0 Connector”. An adapter is included with all of the cards so it’s still possible to use the cards without replacing your PSU. AIB cards use traditional 8-pin connectors.

One thing that is sure is that the RTX 3070 requires a PSU with at least 650W of power while the RTX 3080 a PSU with 750W. This meant that a lot of people had to upgrade their PSU to make their PCs compatible with the high-end RTX 3000 series.

Multi-Card Support

With SLI slowly going its peaceful way and NVLink still failing to capture mainstream attention, we began to wonder if we’re ever going to see a fully-realized multi-card setup. And it looks like we won’t get a proper answer to that with RTX 3000 series neither.

There has been an announcement from Nvidia in which they talk about the SLI support, but with little information given, it might sound confusing to some.

Basically, with DirectX 12 and Vulkan APIs, game developers no longer need to rely on a specific SLI driver profile and as such, Nvidia has decided to cease adding new SLI profiles for RTX 2000 series and earlier graphics cards and instead support game developers to implement SLI natively inside the games.

Although Nvidia considers this to be a step in right direction, so far the actual SLI support has been scarce.

Nvidia RTX 3090 GPU does have SLI support, but only in the way we just mentioned. Either way, we don’t think this should be an issue because GPUs nowadays have enough power to run the latest games without the need for another card. And even if the card you have is on the lower end, most of the time the financial factor is minimal as getting a better GPU is better in the long run than getting the same cheaper card for the SLI setup.

Design

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 RTX 3080 and RTX 3070
Image source: Nvidia

The design of the new RTX 3000 series has caused some interesting discussions on the internet from the moment it leaked. Now that the designs have been revealed, the leaks proved to be true.

All Founders Edition cards feature dual fans but the fans on Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3090 and GeForce RTX 3080 cards feature independent push and pull configurations. So the fans are positioned on opposite sides of the heat sink.

Here’s an image of how it works:

NVIDIA RTX 3080 Dual Fans
Image source. Nvidia

Of course, third-party cards feature a more conventional two-fan or three-fan design. The image below shows Gainward’s RTX 3090 graphics card, which features a traditional three-fan design.

Gainward RTX 3090 Phoenix

From the image above, it appears that the RTX 3090 will take up three slots and possibly require people to further upgrade their case to accommodate their new card’s size. Although this has now been confirmed to be true, we need to state that the RTX 3080 and RTX 3070 will take up less space, and therefore “only” two slots.

Gainward RTX 3090 Phoenix Graphics Card

It has recently been confirmed by EK Water Block (a well-known water cooling solutions company) that they are already working on the new water cooling systems for the next generation of graphics cards.

RTX 3000 Series Features

Geforce RTX

The September 1 RTX 3000 series launch event revealed many new features coming to the next-gen of Nvidia GPUs. Let’s talk a bit about them.

Nvidia Broadcast

One of the first things Huang talked about is Nvidia’s foray into the streaming world. Nvidia worked extra hard to make streaming video games an easier task for streamers and a smoother experience for viewers.

This feature is called Nvidia Broadcast and the tech demo given during the event is more than impressive. Below is a decent video showing off some great AI-assisted features as well as a host of other options which will certainly make streamers’ jobs a lot easier.

Nvidia Reflex

The next thing that was announced was Nvidia Reflex. It was introduced as an eSports technology that “optimizes the rendering pipeline across CPU and GPU, to reduce latency by up to 50%”.

It released back in September of 2020 with Nvidia’s Game Ready driver for the 3000 series. As a sort of a continuation of the Reflex technology, Huang also announced four brand new 360Hz monitors.

Of course, the amount of latency reduced should depend on the video game. In Computex 2021, Nvidia also announced that they’ll be bringing Reflex to 4 more games including, Escape From Tarkov and War Thunder.

Related:60Hz vs 144Hz vs 240Hz vs 360Hz – What Is The Best Refresh Rate For Gaming?

Additionally, Nvidia announced the Nvidia Reflex Latency Analyzer which allows you to calculate the exact system latency. This could help you figure out exactly what is adding or reducing that latency.

Nvidia Omniverse Machinima

One of the really impressive things that Jensen Huang announced is Nvidia Omniverse Machinima.

It’s an app built on our Omniverse 3D workflow collaboration platform. Omniverse is a universal design tool asset exchange with a viewer based on photorealistic path tracing. The engine is designed to be physically accurate simulating light, physics, material, and artificial intelligence.

Jensen Huang, during the RTX 3000 launch event

It’s important to note that this wasn’t a launch day feature. It’s still in early access, so we’ll have to wait and see when and what Nvidia will deliver.

Below is a demo of what this technology is capable of. For this video, the creators used assets from Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord video game.

As of June 2nd, 2021, Nvidia Omniverse Machinima app is in beta and open for anyone to use. You can try it out for yourself.

Ray Tracing

As is the case with the previous Nvidia GPU series, the RTX 3000 features ray tracing and there were rumors that the new series would be roughly four times faster than its predecessor.

However, that wasn’t the case as multiple benchmarks, reviewers and users have reported no significant increase in ray tracing performance.

RTX IO

The first rumors about RTX IO (then known as NVCache) started back in May. As time goes on, they appeared more and concrete. On paper, this looks to be the push that will launch the concept into the mainstream.

And that concept is something else. The idea is that the GPU will dynamically utilize the bandwidth from system RAM, VRAM, and SSD to execute multiple tasks simultaneously at a much higher speed.

This is presumably a response to Playstation 5’s custom memory solution that is said to be able to increase the loading speed a hundredfold (compared to PS4).

However, we probably won’t see RTX IO in action until late 2021, and maybe not even then.

Tensor Memory Compression

This tech will apparently have tensor cores for compression and decompression of VRAM stored items. Estimate suggest that this application of tensor cores could lead to anywhere between 20-40% less VRAM usage.

DLSS 2.0

During the official September 1 launch event, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang heavily touted DLSS 2.0 as the key for high-FPS 8K gaming. However, it should be noted that this technology still hasn’t proved itself, despite the lofty promises.

Some key rumors regarding DLSS 2.0 are that it should work with any game that has TAA (temporal anti-aliasing), but that a game ready driver will be required. It might be slow, but it’s still a work in progress.

According to Huang, the enthusiast RTX 3090 features 285 Tensor TFLOPs which is more than twice that of the RTX Titan which it replaces. Despite RTX Titan featuring 130 Tensor TFLOPs, it still held a massive $2499 price tag, and the fact that RTX 3090 comes at $1000 less is almost unbelievable.

Benchmarks

As always, it’s best to wait and check out benchmarks before making up your mind about buying a new graphics card.

Early looks suggest that, based on benchmarks, the RTX 3080 offers around 80-100% better performance than the RTX 2080. Below is a review from JayzTwoCents which pretty much confirms that uptick in performance.

JayzTwoCents’ RTX 3080 Benchmarks

Another thing that Jay brings up that’s been bothering the internet community ever since the design leaked, is the temperature. Many were skeptical or downright worried that because of the fan placement (one on each side), there would be hot air being blown into the CPU.

However, Jay found that the air directed at the processor is warm-ish at best. Furthermore, he said that the overall GPU temperature never went above 72°C which is pretty good.

RTX 3080 Founders Edition Review By IGN

Because IGN’s reputation is a bit more gaming-oriented, we have chosen their review for this list as well. During the video, you can see different results across multiple games, but the overall feel is the same – RTX 3000 series has arrived and brought true 4K 60FPS gaming with it.

Hardware Unboxed’s 3070 Ti Review

Since the 3080 Ti and 3070 Ti are finally available for customers, it is only fair to squeeze in a few benchmarks specifically for these two new GPUs.

First let’s have a look at Hardware Unboxed’s numbers on the 3070 Ti.

With the average of 12 games benchmarked at 1440p, the 3070 Ti is about 8% faster than the non-ti 3070 and 8% slower than the RX 6800. Not exactly impressive.

Furthermore, it is almost 20% slower than the RX 6800 XT.

Combine these results with the fact that this Ti variant is still stuck with just 8GB of VRAM, it draws considerably more power, and it costs $100 more than the 3070. Can this really be recommended? And that seems to be the consensus in the tech enthusiast world.

Gamers Nexus 3080Ti Review

If you hoped that the story for the 3080Ti is going to be any different, you are going to be disappointed. The 3080Ti is in a considerably worse position than the 3070Ti.

Yes, it did get 12GB of VRAM which is nice to see, but it is also priced $500 more than the MSRP of the 3080. According to Gamers Nexus, the 3080Ti gets a 1% FPS improvement for every $100. Yes, it’s that bad.

On average, the 3080Ti is about 5% faster than the 3080 and almost identical to the RTX 3090. Ultimately, it’s better to just get the $1500 3090 so you would at least have that 24 GB of VRAM. Otherwise, this card is just a waste of money.

Linus Tech Tips

It would be hard to have a serious online discussion about technology without Linus’ opinion. As always, he’s been able to get the card on time and thoroughly test it.

It’s important to state that Linus and his team have also done tests for non-gamer GPU users. They’ve tested the RTX 3080 in professional programs like Blender, 3D Max and Maya. As expected, the results are phenomenal.

One of the reasons why Linus is one of the best in the business, if not the best, is his ability to think outside the box. Much like JayzTwoCents, he wondered about the airflow and the temperature, but also took action to measure both the GPU and the overall system temperature.

Although RTX 3080 does use a lot more power, it’s truly amazing that they have not only managed to keep the GPU temperature down, but have also managed to lower the entire system’s temperature.

This denies the rumors saying that, due to RTX 3080’s interesting double fan design, the airflow inside the case will be horrific and possibly heat up the entire case.

Order Now

As of right now, due to the previously mentioned availability issues, you cannot order the Founders Editions versions from Nvidia’s official website and they are available only in stores.

Still, the AIB cards are more than enough and are much more likely to be available.

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Aleksandar Cosic
Aleksandar Cosic

Alex is a Computer Science student and a former game designer. That has enabled him to develop skills in critical thinking and fair analysis. As a CS student, Aleksandar has very in-depth technical knowledge about computers, and he also likes to stay current with new technologies.