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Nvidia reveals the GeForce RTX 3070, 3080, 3090 graphics cards

by Mark Tyson on 1 September 2020, 18:31


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The Nvidia GeForce Special event, live from CEO Jensen Huang's kitchen, has just concluded. It was all about the new GeForce RTX 30 series of graphics cards and associated technologies. The event started with a broad introduction about the progress of computer graphics over the last 21 years, especially in gaming - tying in with the #UltimateCountdown PR campaign that has been running for the last 21 days.

Computer gaming is big business nowadays, bigger than ever, and the growth of eSports has been phenomenal, noted Huang. However, he wasn't going to talk about budget eSports systems and components, instead he pointed at the high end professionals where milliseconds matter. Reducing latency is so important and can make all the difference to pro gamers so they will be highly motivated to buy into the best graphics cards to gain some edge.

Still on the general topic of gaming, Huang delivered a collection of gaming industry and technology announcements, which I have summed up and bullet pointed below, in the order they were presented, as I watched the stream.

  • Fortnite RTX is on its way with raytraced shadows, reflections, ambient occlusion, and DLSS 2.0.
  • Nvidia 'Reflex' latency reduction tech: a new driver to support this tech will arrive later this month.
  • 360Hz G-Sync displays: Acer Alienware, Asus, MSI - allow you to connect your mouse to the monitor.
  • Livestreamers: Nvidia Broadcast, uses AI algorithms for noise removal, auto-frame, and background effects such as blur, or even complete background replacement - on any RTX GPU.
  • Nvidia Omniverse Machinima: is an RTX-powered mixer tool for video game storytelling, a popular new-ish artform.
  • Marbles: this raytraced tech demo runs at 4x the performance on Ampere as on Turing.
  • Nvidia RTX IO - removing storage/compression bottlenecks from PCs. Cyberpunk 2077 is one AAA title that is set to use this new tech for getting data to screen.

The new GeForce RTX 30 series Ampere GPUs

About half way through the presentation Huang finally got to the hardware reveals. He revealed the GeForce RTX 3080 first as the flagship new generation RTX Ampere GPU for consumers. As an aside to the camera, after showing various performance slides comparing the RTX 30 series with older GeForce cards, Huang addresses Pascal GPU (GTX 10 series) owners "it is safe to upgrade now," he asserts… Click the slides below to check out the key specs of the GeForce RTX.


GeForce RTX 3090

GeForce RTX 3080

GeForce RTX 3070

Nvidia CUDA Cores




Boost Clock (GHz)




Memory Size




Memory Type





$1,499 (£1,399) / 24th Sept

$699 (£649) / 17th Sept

$499 (£469) / October



Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090, 3080, and 3070

Huang then moved onto the GeForce RTX 3070. This graphics card is described by the Nvidia blog as the "sweet spot" for many. In particular this GPU is claimed to be "faster than the $1,200 GeForce RTX 2080 Ti — at less than half the price." You can see this claim in the charts I've reproduced.

Last but definitely not least, Huang took the wraps off the GeForce RTX 3090. Yes it is a Titan replacement and thus not the 'flagship' card of this generation. However some people could choose it with it being touted as ideal for both gaming and creation. In terms of gaming the RTX 3090 is said to be the first consumer graphics card capable of playing games at 60fps in 8K. Compared to its predecessor it is up to 50 per cent faster at 4K, and its new cooler makes it up to 10x quieter with the GPU up to 30 degrees C cooler too.

The first of the above graphics cards out of the door is the flagship GeForce RTX 3080 and thus it will be the first to be put under scrutiny in our labs. Partner card announcements should be coming very soon, and it will be interesting to see their offerings and pricing.

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live from CEO Jensen Huang's kitchen
If that was live then the 3090 is a bargain GPU for the masses..
Woohoo, the 3080 will fit in my case. I may just upgrade.
Good launch imo, and the prices are lower than everyone expected..£250 lower than my guess on that 3080.

Benchmarks will be key, im going to resist pre-ordering I think and wait for them first. The price gap between the 3080 and 3090 is huge, and they did heavily lean into the 3090 being a Titan style card, so we'll have to see. Hopefully it will be, as I dont want it to have another 1/4 or more performance on top of the 3080 or else i'll probably buy one :(

The lack of a price increase is the most interesting thing here though, (compared to RTX gen one, I am fully aware of how much they pushed the prices up that gen! Classic sales technique eh). Should make november really interesting!
I put some additional information into this thread:

It includes some technical specs,a DF hands-on video and AMD's response on Twitter!
Definitely need to wait for some benchmarks compared to AMD's upcoming cards as well