Nvidia has introduced its new RTX 3000 series GPU — RTX 3090 alongside the RTX 3080, RTX 2080’s successor. The RTX 3090 graphics unit resonates with the Nvidia’s own Titan series and ship with 24GB GDDR6X memory in contrast to 10GB GDDR6X memory in the RTX 3080. The flagship GPU is touted to deliver 60fps gaming at 8K resolution.
Nvidia RTX 3080
Following a series of teasers, Nvidia finally made an official announcement on the RTX 3080 GPU. The company accredits Ampere architecture, departing from Turing architecture seen on RTX 2000 series GPU, and new thermal design — pennant-like board paired with new cooling shroud, ray-tracing, all contributing to optimal performance.
The new GPU is lauded to deliver performance nearly twice the RTX 2080 and speed faster than the RTX 2080 Ti. It carries a 10GB GDDR6X memory and 8,704 CUDA cores bundled up with a 1.71GHz boost clock.
Nvidia has come up with a design update at the core, upgrading the thermal design with a pennant-like board coupled with a new cooling shroud, said to brush up airflow while mitigating limitations in cooling in the existing RTX 2080 lineup.
It leverages the dual-fan setup — bracket exhausting front and flow-through rear fans to enhance airflow by above 55% and efficient and quiet cooling.
The entire RTX 3000 gets a 12-pin connector allowing additional space on the board for components and cooling, replacing the conventional 8-pin connectors, yet ships an adapter supporting 8-pin cables with Founders Edition cards.
The Nvidia RTX 3080 GPU is priced at $699 with shipment scheduled for 17 September and the cheaper RTX 3070 at $499 shipping in October.
Compared to the RTX 2080, the RTX 3070 costs a lot less, yet is said to be more capable with performance way above the likes of 1080 Ti and 1080 for 1440p gaming. It comes with a similar cooling system as in the RTX 3080 atop updated thermal design. And it carries 5,888 CUDA cores coupled with a 1.71GHz clock and 8GB GDDR6 memory.
Nvidia RTX 3090
The Nvidia RTX 3090 is said to be the world’s first 8K gaming GPU with 8K HDR ShadowPlay support, HDMI 2.1, and a massive 24GB GDDR6X memory. The GPU uses 10,496 CUDA cores coupled with a 1.70GHz boost clock.
Nvidia is calling the RTX 3090 a “Big Ferocious GPU” (BFGPU), which comes with three slots including a silencer delivering up to 10 times lesser noise as compared to the existing Nvidia Titan RTX GPUs. Moreover, it’s 50% faster while consuming a 750-watt power supply. The card alone consumes nearly 350-watt of power.
Essentially, the RTX 3090 is huge with just the length numbering to 313mm and comes with three slots dumping the conventional two.
The Nvidia RTX 3090 is priced at $1,499 with shipment scheduled for 24 September.