Just as AMD is about to strike a blow to Nvidia’s supremacy in the GPU industry with its upcoming RDNA 2 architecture, the green team hits back at AMD with the new RTX 3000 series coming up soon.
AMD should be commended for their success in having their graphics chips included in next-generation gaming consoles, which have stated that they want 4K gaming. However, it appears that Nvidia’s Ampere technology will be a better 4K option.
Much like 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 that was the first product to use Tensor Cores, which are instrumental in the RTX 2000 series.
Based on that, it’s possible that the RTX 3000 series won’t be built on the Ampere architecture, but it’s fair to assume that it’ll at least be on the same level.
Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang has previously stated that all of their next generation of GPUs will use the 7nm manufacturing process, but the recent leaks indicate that TSMC’s 7nm will not be used in favor of Samsung’s 8nm process. This is the same process used for Exynos 9820 which was used in Samsung’s Galaxy S10 phones.
This is an adapted 10nm process, and it doesn’t increase transistor density by too much. Although this is still an improvement over RTX 2000 series’ 12nm process, it’s still behind AMD’s 7nm. Regardless, even with a 12nm node, Nvidia managed to handily outperform whatever AMD and their 7nm process had to offer.
There have been plenty of rumors, leaks and statements regarding the potential specifications, as well as stuff like release dates or possible model names, so let’s get right to it.
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In light of AMD’s RDNA 2 release being scheduled for late 2020 and with the reality we live in right now, it is tough to get a precise release date.
What we do know, however, that the RTX 3080 and RTX 3080 Ti will enter production soon. Both GPUs have been in the DVT (Design Validation Test) for quite a while now so production should start in August 2020.
We are fairly certain that the GeForce RTX 3000 series will release sometime in September 2020, although early October 2020 is a slim, but possible release date as well.
Nvidia Ampere was originally intended to be presented to the world at Nvidia’s GTC conference in March this year, but the event was canceled. It is now believed to be announced in August and although it was assumed that it would get released at Computex in September, that does not seem like an option anymore given that Computex was canceled altogether.
However, these are uncertain times and even that event could be pushed back. In that case, it’s possible that Nvidia might pull something like an online event instead or even just release it without much pomp with the latter being very unlikely.
After GTC was called off, it was reported that Ampere will be fully announced in August. Nvidia will most likely release the new Quadro RTX series, with its GeForce RTX 3000 series also coming in later this year.
Some recent leaks suggest that Nvidia will release yet another GTX 1650 card which is a good indication that there likely won’t be any new budget RTX 3000 options this year.
These aren’t just blind guesses, they are predictions based off of Nvidia’s prior release patterns that go all the way back to May of 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. That’s a pretty good sign that we’ll get the RTX 3000 series this year.
What tips the scale towards the August unveiling is that Nvidia launched Turing at Gamescom in August of 2018. Even AIB partners are said to be clearing out their stock in preparation for Ampere’s Q3 launch.
It’s very important that we do not get ahead of ourselves in excitement, despite all the signs firmly pointing to an August or September release date. The entire world has been affected by this crisis and all major events have been either canceled or postponed, so Nvidia may not be rushing to market.
However, an important thing that will affect how they’ll act, is AMD’s RDNA 2 release, as well as the release of the next generation of gaming consoles, the Xbox Series X and the PlayStation 5, both scheduled for the 2020 holiday season.
Nvidia will surely want to assure everyone of their superiority and could possibly allow AMD to be first to market so that they can come out with better tech and outshine its rival.
Following Nvidia’s price bump trend from the GTX 1000 series to RTX 2000 series, it’s possible that the RTX 3000 series will be even more expensive.
The expected enthusiast-class Titan model will surely be above the $2000 price point and likely closer to $3000. The presumed flagship RTX 3080 will likely take RTX 2080 Ti’s position at the GPU throne with a likely price point in the range of $1000-$1500. An important thing to note is that with the rumored insane specs that the RTX 3080 will offer, it’s also very possible that the price may be in the $2000 range.
GPUs that cost below that will almost definitely be released after AMD releases their Big Navi GPUs and we might experience a similar situation like the one that happened when AMD’s RX 5700 was released. That was when AMD undercut Nvidia’s prices in the mid-range segment and as a result, Nvidia was forced to lower their prices as well.
The next generation of mid-range consumer GPUs will have the most unpredictable prices and we might be lucky enough that AMD gives Nvidia a big blow with its RDNA 2 GPUs. That would result in a price war between them and that will be very good for the consumers.
At the bottom of the price range, there’s just not a lot of wiggle room. Both companies will release their budget cards one way or the other, and the only question that remains is which will be better. So far, they’ve been relatively level in that area, but many are hoping that the next generation of GPUs brings another level in budget category and that we get even more affordable graphics cards.
An important caveat – most of these predictions are largely dependent on AMD’s Big Navi. It may not seem that way since Nvidia has been the undisputed king of GPUs so far, but it can be said with some certainty that AMD’s price undercutting move destabilized its modus operandi.
So far, it looks like Nvidia will release its next-gen tech before AMD and will get to strike the first blow, but where things may go from there is completely unknown.
If Big Navi is a hit that can challenge the upcoming RTX 3080, we might see Nvidia reduce its prices to stay competitive, and if Big Navi is just not in the same league, then Nvidia will likely stay the course.
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 be offering 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. The smaller one was shown to have mind-boggling 48GB of HBM2E VRAM although with a lower 1.01GHz clock and it scored 141,654 in Geekbench.
Both of these chips easily outperformed the current best offering from Nvidia (the Titan RTX and Quadro RTX 8000) which score around 130,000 in Geekbench.
These numbers sound absolutely insane and it is very possible that these aren’t consumer-intended products, but there are rumors for those type of cards as well.
There are several supposed specs that have been leaked to the public and these strongly suggest 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 3080 Ti, and the RTX 3080.
There have been leaks all over the place claiming that Nvidia is preparing an RTX 3090 card and speculations have run rampant ever since. Many are saying that this is Nvidia’s power move designed to show its dominance over AMD.
Other’s are taking a different approach and claiming that Nvidia might step away from the Ti/Super suffixes and that this rumored RTX 3090 is simply what we believed to be the RTX 3080 Ti.
There is also speculation that the top GPU which we consider to be the RTX 3090/3080 Ti is in fact the next Titan RTX card. But for now, we’re going to stick with calling it the RTX 3080 Ti as rumors about that name seem the most reliable..
Another interesting piece of data coming from the leaks is that the RTX 3000 series will be equipped with GDDR6X memory, and there are also rumors that both give credence to this, but also some that make this claim sound unreliable.
This information comes from an alleged benchmark test for an unnamed Nvidia card and it states that the card has a 6000MHz memory clock. Another supporting fact is that an even memory clock like that can happen sometimes when 3DMark (the benchmarking software that was used) has no data on the type of memory.
If you’re thinking that neither GDDR6 nor HBM2 has that clock and that this has to be GDDR6X, nobody can tell you that you’re outright wrong.
However, there is another theory that excuses this as an early or internal driver which is possible given that we’re still a couple of months away from the official release.
You can see updated details of each GPU in the table below.
|Model Name||Release Date||Specifications||Price|
|RTX Titan 2||Q3/Q4 2020||5376 Cuda cores|
24GB GDDR6X, 17Gbps, 384bit, 816GB/s
|RTX 3080 Ti||Q4 2020||8192 GPU cores, 256 RT cores, 1024 Tensor cores, 2.2GHz boost clock, 21 TLFOPs, 5248 Cuda cores, 12GB GDDR6X, 21Gbps, 384bit, 1008GB/s||$1200-$1400|
|RTX 3080||Q3/Q4 2020||4608 GPU cores, 144 RT cores, 576 Tensor cores, 2GHz boost clock, 4352 Cuda cores, 10GB GDDR6X, 19Gbps, 320bit, 760GB/s||$700|
|RTX 3070||Q3 2020||3584 GPU cores, 112 RT cores, 448 Tensor cores, 1.9GHz boost clock, 16Gbps||$500|
|RTX 3060||Q1/Q2 2021||2560 GPU cores, 80 RT cores, 320 Tensor cores, 2GHz boost clock, 16Gbps||$300|
With the DisplayPort 2.0 standard getting its official and long-awaited release in 2019 and predictions that it will be available in late 2020, there are rumors that the RTX 3000 series will be offering DP 2.0 support.
It’s almost a given that they will support HDMI 2.1, as it is already available on Nvidia’s RTX 2000 series.
Possible Design Leak
The design of the new RTX 3000 series appears to have already been leaked to the internet.
The leaked image appears to feature the RTX 3080 Founders Edition and its interesting fan design. From the photos, it looks like the card will feature two fans and while that’s nothing out of the ordinary, it should be noted that the fans are positioned on the opposite sides of the heat sink.
How this approach will influence the airflow remains to be seen, but we’re certain that Nvidia has already addressed this and know what they are doing. It does, however, raise the issue of cost as this design definitely costs extra.
The widely-accepted speculation sets the price point of this design at $150 and that definitely adds fuel to the fire of rumors guessing the overall product price as even steeper than the previous generation.
What makes these leaks credible is the fact that Nvidia itself announced that it will be making an internal investigation to the nature of those leaks, thereby confirming their validity. It’s said that these images got leaked before even product and sales managers got to see them.
RTX 3000 Series Features
As is the case with the previous Nvidia GPU series, the RTX 3000 will heavily feature ray tracing and there are some rumors suggesting that the new series is roughly four times faster than its predecessor.
This bodes very well for Nvidia as AMD is still playing catch-up in that department and with rumors suggesting that not every Big Navi card will support ray tracing.
Another rumored improvement is DLSS 3.0 which aims to allow game developers to fully utilize this option more easily. It’s key to note that DLSS 3.0 won’t work on all games as it needs to be manually enabled by the game developers, but hopefully, it’ll far more accessible for them.