NVIDIA has officially revealed the GeForce RTX 3000 series of graphics cards, with the launch of RTX 3070, 3080, and 3090. The new line of cards is powered by the ‘Ampere’ architecture, which brings with it a host of improvements over 2018’s RTX launch. Let’s take a look at this latest lineup of graphics card and see what are the new additions.
The RTX 3080 Founders Edition features a new “unibody” design that’s a bit more modest compared to the reflective aluminum of the RTX 2000-series cards. The card looks quite classy with an angular design that features a matte, dark grey finish with white backlighting instead of the traditional green hue used on prior GeForce cards.
The RTX 3090 uses this same design, only it’s much larger, as the card utilizes a triple-slot format. The RTX 3070, meanwhile, uses a more traditional dual-fan system.
Starting with the most affordable model, Nvidia claims that the new GeForce RTX 3070 is 60 percent faster on average than the GeForce RTX 2070, and is suitable for 1440p as well as 4K gaming. That makes it faster than the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti but costs less than half as much. Graphics cards will have 8GB of GDDR6 memory.
The GeForce RTX 3080 is billed as the “ultimate gaming GPU” and is twice as fast as the GeForce RTX 2080 and will be matched with 10GB of 19Gbps GDDR6X RAM. Nvidia claims that buyers can expect 60fps consistently at 4K.
The new flagship is the GeForce RTX 3090, or “big ferocious GPU”, as Nvidia is calling it. This model features a triple-slot cooler with a new dual-axial airflow design that positions one fan on the front and another on the rear, which the company says makes it 10x quieter and up to 30 degree-celsius cooler than current designs. It will have 24GB of GDDR6X RAM and is said to be up to 50 percent faster than the current Titan RTX. Gamers will be able to experience 8K game visuals at 60fps, but this GPU is targeted more at AI developers and massive-scale content creators.
The new cards are all built on the new Ampere microarchitecture, which is based on Samsung’s 8nm processor, featuring 28 billion transistors. Ampere uses second-generation RT cores and third-generation Tensor cores to boost performance.
Nvidia says performance and energy efficiency is double that of Turing and works with DLSS 2.0 to denoise as scenes are rendered in real-time with cinematic quality. Nvidia claims that the more ray tracing is done, the greater the performance.
Nvidia made some ambitious claims about its new RTX 3000-series cards. You can check the specs from the chart below.
|RTX 3090||RTX 3080||RTX 3070|
|Memory||24GB GDDR6X||10GB GDDR6X||8GB GDDR6|
|Graphics card power||350w||320w||220w|
Availability in Qatar
We expect Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070, RTX 3080, and RTX 3090 to be available by mid-October in the Qatar market. We will be listing it as soon as it is available in Qatar in our webstore as well as our retail store. Stay tuned to our Instagram handle for the latest news and updates on Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070, RTX 3080, and RTX 3090.