In an exciting announcement in a recent event, NVIDIA revealed the next generation of graphic cards. They showed us a glimpse of what the future of gaming technology has to offer for us. At a live GeForce Special Event, CEO Jen-Hsun Huang introduced to the community the official specs of some of their new GeForce RTX 30 series Ampere cards. What we can anticipate might be one of the biggest leaps in generational performance that we have seen in a very long time. With claims that these are “twice as fast” as the older cards, it is hard not to be excited about this. From avid gamers to professional designers and editors, there is a buzz across multiple communities following the unveiling. And how could there not be a buzz? Take a look at the technology for a second.
The New Gods:
Right of the bat, NVIDIA revealed the first few cards to come under the RTX 30 series. These included 3 cards: the RTX 3090, RTX 3080, and RTX 3070. Out of these the GeForce RTX 3090 is currently the king among the 30 series. It will probably be one of the best video cards of its time when it comes out. The new cards are powered by Ampere tech, NVIDIA’s second-gen of RTX architecture. The RTX 3090 even boasts a solid 24 GB of VRAM, the first gaming-class graphics card to do so.
The RTX 3080 and 3070 are more for general consumer use, while the GeForce RTX 3090 will be targeting professional workstations, etc. The new cards also bring with it a massive increase in the core size. It also uses 3rd Gen Tensor Cores which provides up to twice the processing speed of the Turing cores in the RTX 20 series.
The Old Gods VS The New Gods:
In the Virtual Event, CEO Je-Hsun Huang claimed that the new cards would be “twice as fast” as the older RTX 20 series. The RTX 3090 itself is a real monster. Its raw computing power is at least 150% more than the RTX 2080 Ti. The new king is 2.5 times as fast as the old king. When compared to the Titan RTX, it is 2.2 times as fast, but with a price tag of $1000 less. They also claim that while the RTX 2080 Ti could do 34 TFLOPS worth of RT calculations, the 30 series can do over 50 TFLOPS worth of it. The Ampere based architecture allows for 2 times the performance and 1.9 times the power efficiency when compared to the GeForce RTX 20 series, which is based on a Turing system.
The RTX 20 series also used to run extremely hot at times. The new RTX 30 series may have that problem covered. The new design has less turbulence over the radiator fins, which means less noise and lower temperatures. The RTX 3090 will be even bigger than the other two cards, which could mean that it would have an even bigger fan and also a wider heatsink, allowing for more thermal regulation.
Should you worship GeForce RTX 30:
Most definitely! No, seriously. These cards are a massive upgrade from the last generation. This might even be the starting point for the next generation of gaming technology. CEO Huang even declared, somewhat boldly, “Twenty years from now, we’ll look back and realise that the future of gaming started here”. This statement isn’t out of blind pride as the GeForce RTX 30 series might be even better than what they promised. While the price is on the steep end and you may have to take a loan to afford these bad boys, it might definitely be worth it.
The same price points turn the RTX 20 series slightly redundant. GeForce RTX 30 cards cost the same but are twice as good. The only actual drawback may be the budget splurge. If you want to bring out the best of these cards, you might want to upgrade the rest of your PC along with it (you may need several loans!). It is with complete seriousness that I say, our foot is through the door of the future. So we might as well put it in the shrines of our gaming setups. The future will begin with it after all. The GeForce RTX 3090 and RTX 3080 will release on September 24 and 17 respectfully. The GeForce RTX 3070 will release a little later in October but a fixed date hasn’t been provided yet.
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