After nearly two years of bringing ray tracing into the mainstream with its Turing cards, Nvidia has worked hard to prepare the successor to its popular RTX 2080 flagship.
The RTX 3000 series will use a brand new amp architecture that was first introduced on Nvidia's DGX A100 supercomputers. It will be the first time the company has used a 7nm manufacturing process for its GPU.
As with Turing before, the amp powered RTX 3000 card is expected to offer even better graphics performance to players and workstations. However, the most notable upgrade for PC enthusiasts is the bottleneck-free ray tracing features. Here is everything we know about it so far.
Nvidia was excited to launch its RTX 3080 graphics cards, and the ongoing global health pandemic is adding to the uncertainty. Without an official announcement or guidance from Nvidia, industry observers speculate that the RTX 3000 cards could be on the market as early as autumn 2020.
In the past, Nvidia has faltered with the launch of a new family of consumer GPUs, and we expect this to be the case again. This means that the flagship and top tier cards – like the RTX 3080 and RTX 3080 Ti, the latter of which could possibly be renamed under the RTX Titan branding – are being introduced for the first time with cheaper options, including the RTX 3070 and 3060, which will arrive at a later date, which could extend to early 2021. TweakTown reported that the RTX 3080 has gone into production and could be announced in August, with the card expected to be available for purchase in September.
This timeline would correspond to what Nvidia used to launch the RTX 2080, which was announced two years earlier in August.
Nvidia's new RTX product line represents the premium segment of gaming and workstation graphics cards, and the new RTX 3000 series is expected to be offered at a premium. As a reference, Nvidia's RTX 2080 Ti costs $ 1,199 and the RTX 2080 Super costs $ 699. The price of the RTX 3080 in this area should be at the premium end of the spectrum.
In the past there was a big jump in prices between the Nvidia graphics generations – the Turing cards were more expensive than the Pascal cards they replaced – and this could be the case again. However, there are rumors that Nvidia could shift production from TSMC to Samsung. This move could give Nvidia access to Samsung's 7nm Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) process, which could lower manufacturing costs. However, the accuracy of this rumor is unclear.
Players without such a large upgrade budget should not be discouraged. The RTX 2060 is currently starting at $ 299, and the updated RTX 3060 is likely to have a similar price. The mid-range RTX 2070 costs $ 499.
These cheaper cards help Nvidia stand up to AMD's upcoming lineup of RDNA 2 graphics. In addition, a leaked benchmark earlier this year showed that an unknown Radeon GPU outperformed Nvidia's RTX 2080 Ti by 17%. A more competitive performance by its competitor could force Nvidia to price war with the release of the RTX 3080.
Nvidia's ampere architecture is offered in various graphics cards. The first card to be unveiled was launched in May at Nvidia's online graphics technology conference, the A100 for data centers and the DGX A100 supercomputer. The company called Ampere the largest 7nm chip ever built and was named for a better A.I. Performance.
The RTX 3000 series will likely use the same 7nm architecture that was introduced in the data center version, which would result in better energy efficiency. An earlier Taipei Times report suggested that this new architecture could increase GPU performance by up to 50% while reducing power consumption by half compared to Turing.
And YouTube channel Moore & # 39; s Law is Dead reported that the RTX 3080 should bring Nvidia to the top again, with 21 teraflops or nine teraflops more than on the Xbox Series X. When it comes to gaming, it is Nvidia cards from the RTX 3000 series show that PC games still have a performance advantage over consoles.
Several variations of amps are expected for consumers, although there are some conflicts in their numbering scheme due to early leaks. It is generally believed that the GA102 is the version used for the RTX 3090, which could debut under the RTX Titan branding, the RTX 3080 Ti or the Super variant and the standard RTX 3080. The Titan version could get up to 24 GB of memory. The expanded Ti or Super brand card comes with 12 GB of memory, and the standard 3080 card comes with 10 GB of VRAM.
However, a separate leak from Twitter user KittyCorgi shows the 3080 series with the GA103 model number. Regardless of how they are labeled, the performance of these cards is not contested.
Hardware Leaks released a leaked 3DMark Time Spy score of what was probably achieved with the RTX 3080 Ti. The 18,257 score equates to a 30% performance improvement over the RTX 2080 Ti. For comparison, previous leaked benchmarks for AMD's Big Navi GPU, which uses the company's RDNA 2 architecture, indicated that the card only 10 to 15% better than the RTX 2080 Ti from Nvidia.
While generation-to-generation performance improvement is expected for a new GPU family, the RTX 3080 Ti is expected to perform significantly better in ray tracing, the hallmark of the RTX family, and a combat zone for the current RTX 2000 series.
Artificial Intelligence and DLSS enhancements should help improve ray tracing performance, especially when rendering games at higher resolutions. In addition, the card is expected to have 108 ray tracing acceleration cores, more than double the 48 ray tracing acceleration cores supported by the RTX 2080 Super.
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The clock rates are reported to be around 2.2 GHz. Rumor has it that the card will have 18 GB of video memory in the past. A recent leak indicated a boost clock rate of just 1,935 MHz. It is currently unclear whether this will change or whether Nvidia has improved efficiency to such an extent that no higher speed is required.
A leaked data sheet for the RTX 3080 Ti, published by Twitter user CyberCatPunk, revealed that the card comes with 5,376 CUDA cores and supports 12 GB of GDDR6 memory with 18 bps. The TDP for the card is given as 320 watts.
The card is said to be PCIe 4.0 complaint and has three DisplayPort 2.0 ports, an HDMI 2.1 and a USB-C port.
In terms of the overall package of the card, the RTX 3080 could debut with a new and controversial design. Leaked images showed a new cooling system for the dual fan design on the card. Instead of having both fans on the same side, the fans are arranged on opposite sides. Although the fins that wrap the card are likely to help dissipate heat, online readers found that this gave the RTX 3000 series a cooler look.
If there are rumors of a fall launch, hopefully we won't have much time left to learn more about Nvidia's next big thing.