Wednesday, September 2nd 2020

NVIDIA Announces GeForce Ampere RTX 3000 Series Graphics Cards: Over 10000 CUDA Cores

NVIDIA just announced its new generation GeForce "Ampere" graphics card series. The company is taking a top-to-down approach with this generation, much like "Turing," by launching its two top-end products, the GeForce RTX 3090 24 GB, and the GeForce RTX 3080 10 GB graphics cards. Both cards are based on the 8 nm "GA102" silicon. Join us as we live blog the pre-recorded stream by NVIDIA, hosted by CEO Jen-Hsun Huang.

Update 16:04 UTC: Fortnite gets RTX support. NVIDIA demoed an upcoming update to Fortnite that adds DLSS 2.0, ambient occlusion, and ray-traced shadows and reflections. Coming soon.
Update 16:06 UTC: NVIDIA Reflex technology works to reduce e-sports game latency. Without elaborating, NVIDIA spoke of a feature that works to reduce input and display latencies "by up to 50%". The first supported games will be Valorant, Apex Legends, Call of Duty Warzone, Destiny 2 and Fortnite—in September.
Update 16:07 UTC: Announcing NVIDIA G-SYNC eSports Displays—a 360 Hz IPS dual-driver panel that launches through various monitor partners in this fall. The display has a built-in NVIDIA Reflex precision latency analyzer.
Update 16:07 UTC: NVIDIA Broadcast is a brand new app available in September that is a turnkey solution to enhance video and audio streaming taking advantage of the AI capabilities of GeForce RTX. It makes it easy to filter and improve your video, add AI-based backgrounds (static or animated), and builds on RTX Voice to filter out background noise from audio.
Update 16:10 UTC: Ansel evolves into Omniverse Machinima, an asset exchange that helps independent content creators to use game assets to create movies. Think fan-fiction Star Trek episodes using Star Trek Online assets. Beta in October.
Update 16:15 UTC: Updates to the AI tensor cores and RT cores. In addition to more numbers of RT- and tensor cores, the 2nd generation RT cores and 3rd generation tensor cores offer higher IPC. Making ray-tracing have as little performance impact as possible appears to be an engineering goal with Ampere.
Update 16:18 UTC: Ampere 2nd Gen RTX technology. Traditional shaders are up by 270%, raytracing units are 1.7x faster and the tensor cores bring a 2.7x speedup.
Update 16:19 UTC: Here it is! Samsung 8 nm and Micron GDDR6X memory. The announcement of Samsung and 8 nm came out of nowhere, as we were widely expecting TSMC 7 nm. Apparently NVIDIA will use Samsung for its Ampere client-graphics silicon, and TSMC for lower volume A100 professional-level scalar processors.
Update 16:20 UTC: Ampere has almost twice the performance per Watt compared to Turing!
Update 16:21 UTC: Marbles 2nd Gen demo is jaw-dropping! NVIDIA demonstrated it at 1440p 30 Hz, or 4x the workload of first-gen Marbles (720p 30 Hz).
Update 16:23 UTC: Cyberpunk 2077 is playing big on the next generation. NVIDIA is banking extensively on the game to highlight the advantages of Ampere. The 200 GB game could absorb gamers for weeks or months on end.
Update 16:24 UTC: New RTX IO technology accelerates the storage sub-system for gaming. This works in tandem with the new Microsoft DirectStorage technology, which is the Windows API version of the Xbox Velocity Architecture, that's able to directly pull resources from disk into the GPU. It requires for game engines to support the technology. The tech promises a 100x throughput increase, and significant reductions in CPU utilization. It's timely as PCIe gen 4 SSDs are on the anvil.

Update 16:26 UTC: Here it is, the GeForce RTX 3080, 10 GB GDDR6X, running at 19 Gbps, 238 tensor TFLOPs, 58 RT TFLOPs, 18 power phases.
Update 16:29 UTC: Airflow design. 90 W more cooling performance than Turing FE cooler.
Update 16:30 UTC: Performance leap, $700. 2x as fast as RTX 2080, available September 17. Up to 2x faster than the original RTX 2070.
Update 17:05 UTC: GDDR6X was purpose-developed by NVIDIA and Micron Technology, which could be an exclusive vendor of these chips to NVIDIA. These chips use the new PAM4 encoding scheme to significantly increase data-rates over GDDR6. On the RTX 3090, the chips tick at 19.5 Gbps (data rates), with memory bandwidths approaching 940 GB/s.
Update 16:31 UTC: RTX 3070, $500, faster than RTX 2080 Ti, 60% faster than RTX 2070, available in October. 20 shader TFLOPs, 40 RT TFLOPs, 163 tensor cores, 8 GB GDDR6
Update 16:33 UTC: Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is RTX-on.

Update 16:35 UTC: RTX 3090 is the new TITAN. Twice as fast as RTX 2080 Ti, 24 GB GDDR6X. The Giant Ampere. A BFGPU, $1500 available from September 24. It is designed to power 60 fps at 8K resolution, up to 50% faster than Titan RTX.

Update 16:43 UTC: Wow, I want one. On paper, the RTX 3090 is the kind of card I want to upgrade my monitor for. Not sure if a GPU ever had that impact.
Update 16:59 UTC: Insane CUDA core counts, 2-3x increase generation-over-generation. You won't believe these.
Update 17:01 UTC: GeForce RTX 3090 in the details. Over Ten Thousand CUDA cores!
Update 17:02 UTC: GeForce RTX 3080 details. More insane specs.

Update 17:03 UTC: The GeForce RTX 3070 has more CUDA cores than a TITAN RTX. And it's $500. Really wish these cards came out in March. 2020 would've been a lot better.
Here's a list of the top 10 Ampere features.

Update 19:22 UTC: For a limited time, gamers who purchase a new GeForce RTX 30 Series GPU or system will receive a PC digital download of Watch Dogs: Legion and a one-year subscription to the NVIDIA GeForce NOW cloud gaming service.

Update 19:47 UTC: All Turing cards support HDMI 2.1. The increased bandwidth provided by HDMI 2.1 allows, for the first time, a single cable connection to 8K HDR TVs for ultra-high-resolution gaming. Also supported is AV1 video decode.

Update 20:06 UTC: Added the complete NVIDIA presentation slide deck at the end of this post.

Update Sep 2nd: We received following info from NVIDIA regarding international pricing:
  • UK: RTX 3070: GBP 469, RTX 3080: GBP 649, RTX 3090: GBP 1399
  • Europe: RTX 3070: EUR 499, RTX 3080: EUR 699, RTX 3090: EUR 1499 (this might vary a bit depending on local VAT)
  • Australia: RTX 3070: AUD 809, RTX 3080: AUD 1139, RTX 3090: AUD 2429
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502 Comments on NVIDIA Announces GeForce Ampere RTX 3000 Series Graphics Cards: Over 10000 CUDA Cores

#76
lynx29
kayjay010101
Haha I feel so bad I sold my 2080 Ti to this dude a month ago for $1300 and he thought he got such a good deal because I included a $150 waterblock and the card was $1350 new.. Now it's worth barely $500 lmao
that does hurt oof
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#77
renz496
nguyen
A 2080 Ti at 2000mhz core clock is only about 17.5TFlops of shaders performance and the 3080 is 30TFlops at 1700mhz ?
But yeah the 3080 Ti if there is one will be the one to get, 1000-1200usd with 11GBs of VRAM that will almost match the 3090 (which basically is the Titan).
I bet Nvidia was able to get a sweet deal with Samsung 8N to get the prices so low.
it has something to do with the new structured FP32. i heard some rumor talks before that samsung process probably can't push the clock higher so nvidia doing something else to increase the performance. they said nvidia will double the amount of FP32. and yeah maybe nvidia really get a sweet deal. samsung really needs people to manufacture their stuff at their fab. heard that qualcomm is turning back to TSMC due to samsung 5nm yield issue.
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#78
birdie
midnightoil
They're expecting RDNA2 to be faster and more efficient than Ampere ... whilst hoping the huge, brute force 3090 will retain them the absolute crown. Given how inefficient this is looking as an architecture, and that they're on a slightly shrunk 10nm process (that's what Samsung 8nm is), that will be touch and go too ... depends how big the biggest Navi 2x is.

In light of that, they can't maintain their current pricing model.
God, there's so much wild unwarranted speculation/AMD fanaticism in this comment it's actually cringe-worthy.
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#79
lynx29
birdie
God, there's so much wild unwarranted speculation/AMD fanaticism in this comment it's actually cringe-worthy.
I am an AMD fanboy, and I don't see AMD coming close to this, I think they scared Nvidia a little though for sure, which is great for competition. I am buying 4800x and 3080 100%
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#80
Dante Uchiha
Huge chips, expensive design, tons of state-of-the-art memory. So now's where nvdia's margins will sink along with the stock price? As a gamer I think it's amazing btw.

Even if it doesn't win the crown of absolute best performance, RDNA2 will probably be more efficient.
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#81
moproblems99
jesdals
But does RTX 3090 support SLI
Who cares. Sli sucks
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#82
Max(IT)
lynx29
prob is re-sell value is going to be terrible this round... i feel bad for someone who just bought a 2080 ti 31 days ago... ouch. lol
I don’t really care about re-sell value TBH...
The 2070 super served me well for a while, so I’m happy.
I will replace it in a few months, after the first batch of reviews.
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#84
boomheadshot8
look at the nvidia stock :) will see when AMD shows us their beast
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#85
Raendor
Amd will release another vega potato after months of hyping and not living up to any promise like it was in Pascal days. That’s why there were no news still.
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#86
Vya Domus
birdie
God, there's so much wild unwarranted speculation/AMD fanaticism in this comment it's actually cringe-worthy.
There you go again. You just can't help yourself but flame and mention AMD on every single occasion, I don't think there is a single comment you write without the word "AMD" or "fanboy" in it.

You're the only cringe worthy thing on here.
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#87
mouacyk
moproblems99
Who cares. Sli sucks
I think the fact that they disabled SLI support altogether on 3070 and 3080 is a little telling about the potential of Explicit Multi-GPU, now that Vulkan and DX12 has had time to mature. SLI was brute force, it did suck!
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#88
Chomiq
jesdals
But does RTX 3090 support SLI
It does.
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#89
xkm1948
lynx29
I am an AMD fanboy, and I don't see AMD coming close to this, I think they scared Nvidia a little though for sure, which is great for competition. I am buying 4800x and 3080 100%
Nope. To me Nvidia is only competing with itself at this point. In other words, how to get the Pascal crowd to move on and upgrade? Jensen even mentioned that in his talk!
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#90
moproblems99
I might not wait to see what AMD has. Depending on how much faster the 3080 over 2080ti is, I'll grab it now and enjoy games for 2 months instead of rotating on my thumb.
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#91
Prior
they better release some damn good games to buy an rtx 3080 that's worth it. Still happy with 1080p nowadays.
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#92
john_
I am totally impressed. First Nvidia proved why it is called a software company that also creates hardware.
Then I think it hit the target with prices.
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#93
birdie
Dante Uchiha
Huge chips, expensive design, tons of state-of-the-art memory. So now's where nvdia's margins will sink along with the stock price? As a gamer I think it's amazing btw.

Even if it doesn't win the crown of absolute best performance, RDNA2 will probably be more efficient.
NVIDIA is in for a long game, sir. Too many Pascal owners have refused to upgrade to RTX 2000 because the performance increase just isn't tempting enough. Check Steam HW stats - the GTX 1060 is miles more popular than all other cards combined. RTX 3060, if it's priced correctly (let's say around $300) could become a smashing success and will actually improve hugely their bottom line vs. having more expensive cards which won't sell well. I know there are mostly computer enthusiasts in the comments section of TPU but trust me, RTX 3060 will sell in volumes which will be far higher than 3070-3080-3080 Ti (?)-3090 combined.
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#94
mouacyk
xkm1948
Nope. To me Nvidia is only competing with itself at this point. In other words, how to get the Pascal crowd to move on and upgrade? Jensen even mentioned that in his talk!
He looked at me through the screen and called me his "Pascal friend" and said "it's safe to upgrade". :laugh: Guy is salesman for sure.
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#95
lynx29
birdie
NVIDIA is in for a long game, sir. Too many Pascal owners have refused to upgrade to RTX 2000 because the performance increase just isn't tempting enough. Check Steam stats - the GTX 1060 is miles more popular than all other cards combined. RTX 3060, if it's priced correctly (let's say around $300) could become a smashing success and will actually improve hugely their bottom line vs. having more expensive cards which won't sell well. I know there are mostly computer enthusiasts in the comments section of TPU but trust me, RTX 3060 will sell in volumes which will be far higher than 3070-3080-3080 Ti (?)-3090 combined.
not to mention nvidia stock prices, gaming revenue is very little of that last i checked. they moved into healthcare, cars, AI, all of which generate way more money than gaming ever could. we just happen to get the benefits of that. thats why nvidia stock is so good and will stay good. Jensen is a smart guy.
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#97
dicktracy
Cheap prices and fastest performance available especially in RT which all nextgen games will use. Nvidia uncontestly wins again. When’s Intel joining the war again?
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#98
Raendor
mouacyk
He looked at me through the screen and called me his "Pascal friend" and said "it's safe to upgrade". :laugh: Guy is salesman for sure.
I was almost dropping a tear when he was talking about 1080 (which I run to this day) and that it safe to get 3070/80 now :D
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#99
Batailleuse
AddSub
Is there SLI support at all?
Anything under DX12/Vulkan has basically SLI integrated, SLI in itself is DEAD, no game released in the last 5y officially support it.
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#100
good11
What about PCI-E Version on them ?

Can someone clarify it ?

3.0 or 4.0
Thank you
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