Nvidia RTX 30 Series

After months of rumors and leaked information, Nvidia unveiled the new Ampere video cards. In a live presentation on YouTube, the new RTX 3000 series was presented as the "biggest leap" in Nvidia's history, and the figures seen so far make it possible to believe these words. The player-oriented RTX 3080 will be released on September 17th, RTX 3090 - a week later, September 24th. As for the RTX 3070, it  will appear in October.

 Jensen with RTX 3080 in his hands
Moment from the presentation of the RTX 3000 series. The founder and the head of Nvidia, Jensen Huang, holds RTX 3090 Founders Edition.

The RTX 3090 

The RTX 3090 video card is the most powerful model of the series, the version of which Founders Edition will cost a fortune - MSRP is 1499$. For this amount video card will be obtained which wipes out the last generation RTX 2080 Ti - more than twice the number of CUDA cores (from 4352 to 10496), available at a frequency of 1.7Ghz and 24GB of video memory. This is only part of the specifications, but it is enough to make such a video card much more than most players will need. Nvidia promises that the RTX 3090 will allow you to play games even in 8K resolution (7680×4320 pixels), with almost all ray tracing-supporting games over the 60-frame limit. The second generation DLSS (deep learning supersampling) also has a significant influence on this, which allows you to reduce ray tracing load when playing at higher resolution.

 RTX 2080Ti vs 3090

Comparing RTX 3090 with RTX 2080 Ti using "relative power" units

The GPU is much more focused on people working with visual content creation - videos, their effects, 3D modeling, working with scenes - programs for which a greater amount of power really comes in handy. The RTX 3090 is a big leap beyond power. The card itself has also increased, both in size and in energy demand. Officially announced 350W and recommended 750W power pack (while the previous generation's most powerful model RTX 2080 Ti these figures were 250W and 650W).

From the power unit Founders Edition video card will "pull out" 2 8-Pin connector. So the new generation panels will be much more "hungry" than the previous generation and those who want to renew them may need to think seriously about purchasing a new power unit.

The Founders Edition video card has a new cooler design, so this should help to dispel a larger amount of heat. But more cooling will help the plate's physical size - RTX 3090 Founders Edition will take up 3 (!) PCIe locations in the housing will be 138mm wide and 313mm long.

Accordingly, such a motherboard will not suit many ITX hardware with only two PCIe locations. You'll have to wait for either the smaller versions of ITX or choose RTX 3080 ones.

Geforce RTX 3080 FE airflow

RTX 3000 series presentation slide. Air flow is depicted in the case with RTX 3080 Founders Edition

RTX 3090 cooling - a mixture between Open-Air and Blower. The cooler closer to the power connectors will be Open-Air, while the blower cooler will be closer to the output connections. This should help cool the hot video card and even keep it up to 30°C cooler than the RTX Titan.

However, the RTX 3090 will not be a GPU, whic  will be chosen by majority as a variant of computer enhancement - high price, bulky design, high TDP, 24GB of video memory. Most players pay attention at RTX 3080, which is a much more attractive option for those wanting to upgrade their system. And it's quite easy to predict that a panel of this size will not fit PCIe slot on the motherboard, so you'll have to use an additional video card holder - either an L-shaped bracket or a support leg. And those who don't use them will risk breaking the PCIe connector - so if after a while, such goods appear in the second-hand stores, it won't surprise  anyone, as it could have happened,

RTX 3080

Nvidia described its presentation slides as " twice more powerful than RTX 2080". Founders Editions will cost $699, will have 8704 CUDA cores, available at a frequency of 1.71Ghz and 10GB of video memory.

Nvidia promises that the new Founders Edition cooler design (identical to the RTX 3090) will allow the video card to be 3 times quieter and much more powerful than the RTX 2080 FE.

The RTX 3080 so far looks like the best choice for gamers – not costing a fortune, offering a significant increase in power compared to the RTX 2000 series. Of course, as long as the motherboard has not been tested by other sources apart from its official manufacturer, it is difficult to judge how much it will be more powerful than its predecessors, but the mere fact that it should cost as much as RTX 2080 is quite a good sign. There is no change in price, as concerns  power, it has been promised (much) more.

RTX 3070

The last card of the RTX 3000 series - the cheapest one, Founders Edition will cost 499$. It has been promised to be more powerful than the RTX 2080 Ti, which cost $1,199. The motherboard will appear in October. 

The RTX 3070 cuts on the design of the cooler used by more expensive models and has two eye-coolers at the bottom. This motherboard already has specifications similar to the number seen above - 5888 CUDA cores, 8GB of video memory and 220W of power demand.

Costing not so much (the last generation RTX 2070 still costs almost $500) and promising such an increase in power (reaching the most powerful level of the former RTX 2080 Ti) RTX 3070 will be an extremely attractive option for players who do not want to spend a large amount of money but get as much power as possible.

RTX 30 series GPUs
Left to right - RTX 3070, 3080 and 3080

Comparison with other cards

So far, no independent sources (i.e. Nvidia itself) have published benchmark results, so it is difficult to decide whether the tables displayed so far are close to the truth. By the way, the tables use not specified "relative power" units. The only exact data - technical specifications and the appeared Doom Eternal video.

 

Model 

RTX 3090

RTX 3080

RTX 3070

RTX 2080 Ti

RTX 2080

CUDA cores

10496

8704

5888

4352

2944

RT cores

82

68

46

68

46

Tensor cores

328

272

184

544

368

Max Freq.

1,7 Ghz

1,71 Ghz

1,73 Ghz

1,635 Ghz

1,8 Ghz

Memory

24GB GDDR6X

10GB GDDR6X

8GB GDDR6

11GB GDDR6

8GB GDDR6

Memory bandwidth

935,8 GB/s

760 GB/s

512 GB/s

616 GB/s

448 GB/s

Memory bus bandwidth

384 bytes

320 bytes

256 bytes

352 bytes

256 bytes

Manufact. technol.

8nm

8nm

8nm

12 nm

12 nm

Length

313 mm

285 mm

242 mm

267 mm

267 mm

PCIe slots

3

2

2

2

2

Wattage

350 W

320 W

220 W

260 W

225 W

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PSU connectors

2 x 8 Pin

2 x 8 Pin

1 x 8 Pin

2 x 8 Pin

1 x 6 Pin + 1 x 8 Pin

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Price

1499$

699$

499$

1199$

799$


Summary

All three cards use the new Ampere architecture and 8nm technology. Nvidia estimates that Ampere's video cards are twice as efficient as the previous generation's Turing architectural panels and are much more powerful. In other words, trying to say that the RTX 3000 is the "biggest leap" in Nvidia's history.

New video cards will appear in stores in the near future - Asus, Gigabyte, MSI have already introduced their new design models, which will fill warehouse shelves. It is not known whether the future RTX 3000 series panels will be as powerful as promised. It is not known whether the future Radeon Big Navi will be equivalent to the architecture of the competitor Ampere. However, it is certainly clear that competition remains and is becoming stronger in the video card market.