Well, it finally happened, after what seems like forever, the Geforce 3k series has been announced, and don’t worry, we did get a good look at the leather Jacket. In a relatively brief announcement, (pay attention Apple) Jen-Hsun Huang presented the 3090, 3080, and 3070 in his kitchen.
The presentation began with a host of new applications and technologies, including the ability of the GPU to get direct access to an SSD, which will be covered in a separate post, and some further details on Ampere, including significant changes to its 3 different “cores,” the Programmable Shader core, the RT core and the Tensor cores. Nvidia claims purportedly massive increases over the previous generation, as high as 2.7x the power of the 2k series, and potentially more than 2x the relative performance.
Jen-Hsun claimed that this is the largest generation performance increase in Nvidia’s history, and throughout the presentation he repeatedly told Pascal gamers it is finally “safe to upgrade”. Clearly Nvidia sees Pascal gamers, which would include myself, as a large market that was not tempted with the 2k series.
The first new GPU he introduced was the 3080, Nvidia’s new high-end GPU. Running 8704 Cuda Cores at up to 1.71GHz, with 10GB of 320-bit GDRR6X, a new class of super-fast memory Nvidia says it invented in conjunction with Micron. Rocking a new reversed fan cooling system, Nvidia claims it can cool an additional 90w worth of cooling, keeping similar cards 20 degrees cooler than Turing’s system. Jen-Hsun also stated the new system was 2x quieter than Turing, but I am not an expert on sound, and I’m not exactly sure what 2x quieter means. I would assume it means half as loud, but it is an odd way to phrase it. Clarify for me, sound nerds, please.
Nvidia says this 320w card (requires two of the new 8-pin connectors) is 2x the speed of the 2080 and is coming in at the same price, $699, and will be available Sept 17th. Nvidia considers this card the new flagship, even though it is the second fastest card Nvidia will be selling to gamers.
The new GPU performance crown goes not to a Titan, rather to the already leaked 3090. Please understand this card is LARGE. I know what you are imagining, but it is bigger than that. Jen-Hsun seemed to almost struggle picking it up, and quietly called it numerous synonyms for huge as he did so. This 350w card is a beast by any metric, 313mm in length, 138mm in width, and it takes up a full 3 slots in your tower. If SLI is an option you’ll need a big motherboard to accomplish it. 24GB of GDDR6X comes aboard this monster riding on a 384-bit bus, alongside 10496 Cuda Cores at 1.70GHz. Jen-Hsun claims it is capable of 60FPS 8k RTS gaming if DLSS 2.0 is enabled. It also includes the new fan setup announced with the 3080.
At $1499, launching sept 24th, this is the card I would like to have, and perhaps if I was unmarried and less responsible I might. However, I like being married.
The mainstream 3070 was announced, and Jen-Hsun stated the *70 is an extremely popular level of performance. Purchasers of this card may be cautiously optimistic as Nvidia claims it’s faster than a 2080 Ti. Not too shabby, if true. This more traditional looking card has 5888 Cuda cores at 1.73GHz on tap, though it doesn’t get the fancy new GDDR6X ram, with a 256-bit bus, this card supports a plebeian 8GB of GDDR6. It requires 220w of power, meaning a single 8-pin connector will suffice. The 3070 will be available in October.
Each of these cards comes with host of new hardware upgrades, including support HDMI 2.1, HDCP 2.3, and PCIe 4.0. Hopefully we can put together a full review of these new cards and see whether the proof is in the pudding. I’d love to have a review to make you all proud. Stay posted.
Update to fix spelling