NVIDIA Launches New GeForce RTX 3000 Series GPUs, Starting at $499

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3000

NVIDIA have launched their new GeForce RTX 3000 series GPUs, starting at $499.99 USD.

As stated on the official website, the newest RTX GPUs are powered by Ampere. They include the RTX 3090, 3080, and 3070 boasting up to 85% faster performance than the previous generation at much better pricing. This replaces the previous Turing architecture, which was used in the RTX 2000 series GPUs.

These cards are the second generation of Ray Tracing cores. They feature third generation of Tensor cores, along with improvements to the streaming multiprocessors, for better performance and AI acceleration for both gamers and creators.

GPU Specifications

GeForce RTX 3090 GeForce RTX 3080 GeForce RTX 3070
CUDA Cores 10496 8704 5888
Core Clock 1375 1560 1365
Boost Clock 1700 1710 1730
Memory Interface 384-bit 320-bit 256-bit
GPU Power 350W 320W 220W
Price $1,499 USD $699 USD $499 USD

The RTX 3070 will be priced at $499 USD, and has 8GB of GDDR6 which NVIDIA promises will be faster than the RTX 2080 TI. The latter retailed at around $1,200 USD. The RTX 3070 will be available October 2020.

The RTX 3080 will be $699 USD have 10GB of GDDR6X, and Nvidia promises it to be roughly twice as fast as the 2080 or 2070 Super. The card will be available on September 17th.

Finally we have the RTX 3090, which will come in at $1,499 USD. It has 24GB of GDDR6X, and is aimed at “8K Gaming.” It takes up 3 PCIe slots, and is so beefy that in the announcement video NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang grunted picking it up. They claim that it will be able to play games at 8K past 60 FPS, with DLSS tech and its serious features.

This card also comes with its rumored 12 pin power connector to “allow more space for components and cooling.” This would be compatible with current 8-pin connectors via an adapter. The RTX 3090 will be available September 24th.

There are also quite a few changes to the tech. NVIDIA has decided to use PCIe 4.0 and HDMI 2.1 support, which is the latest version of HDMI. This allows 4k at 120Hz, or 8K single cable TVs. The latter is becoming more ubiquitous on mid-range TVs, and newer monitors.

They have also developed NVIDIA Reflex, which is aimed as NVIDIA’s response to AMD’s Radeon AntiLag. It will lower your latency between the monitor to the mouse, and say support will be coming soon for titles like Apex Legends, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare, Call of Duty: Warzone, Destiny 2, Fortnite and Valorant. A video of this can be found here.

NVIDIA have improved on DLSS and Ray Tracing, and will be releasing new trailers and screenshots with their new partners in these titles. You can find the full rundown below (via emailed press release).


NVIDIA has also released this slide, showing performance comparing the 2070 Super and 2080 Super to the 3070 and 3080 in Borderlands 3, Doom Eternal, Red Dead Redemption 2, Control, Minecraft, and Wolfenstien Youngblood.

You can find the full launch event presentation below.


Niche Gamer’s Take: While first urge will be to complain about the pricing of the RTX 3090, it’s important to think of it more as a luxury item that would be used for the highest end of builds and for bragging rights.

The 3070 and 3080 caught my eye with their much more acceptable (while still very high) prices. The kind of improvement over last gen seems quite impressive, though as always you should wait until independent benchmarks start hitting the net.

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