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Nvidia brings Ampere: Top model GeForce RTX 3090 costs 1500 euros

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Nvidia has unveiled the first three Ampere generation gaming graphics cards: GeForce RTX 3090, GeForce RTX 3080 and GeForce RTX 3070. Compared to the RTX-2000 series (codenamed Turing), Nvidia has improved both the graphics architecture and the manufacturing process.

In the announcement via livestream, company boss Jensen Huang went roughly to the Improvements to the RTX-3000 series a. We are talking about twice the FP32 throughput per shader multiprocessor (which is important in 3D games) compared to Turing. As a result, the official data sheets contain twice as many shader computing cores than even Nvidia’s partner manufacturers previously assumed. The ray tracing performance is also supposed to increase considerably, as an ampere RT core can calculate twice as many ray intersections as with Turing.


RTX-3000 family
(Image: Nvidia)

The top model GeForce RTX 3090 replaces the previous Titan RTX and GeForce RTX 2080 Ti. Nvidia names 10,496 shader cores (instead of the rumored 5248), almost 36 FP32 TeraFlops at a 1700 MHz boost clock and 24 GB of GDDR6X RAM with a transfer rate of 936 GB / s. For comparison: The Titan RTX has 16.3 TFlops and uses 24 GB GDDR6 with 672 GB / s.

However, Nvidia lacks details on how Ampere doubles the FP32 processing power per shader multiprocessor. Tests have to show how much of the plus arrives in 3D games. Nvidia itself speaks of around 50 percent higher frame rates when switching from Titan RTX to GeForce RTX 3090.

The smaller offshoots GeForce RTX 3080 and GeForce RTX 3070 use 8704 and 5888 shader cores respectively and are satisfied with 10 and 8 GB of RAM. Nvidia uses cheaper GDDR6 memory for the GeForce RTX 3070.

RTX-3000 Series Specifications (Amps, 8 nm)

model

GeForce RTX 3090

GeForce RTX 3080

GeForce RTX 3070

GPU

GA102

GA102

GA104

“CUDA Cores”

10,496

8704

5888

Base clock / boost

1400/1700 MHz

1440/1710 MHz

1500/1730 MHz

theoretical computing power FP32

36 TFlops

30 TFlops

20 TFlops

Storage amount / type

24 GB GDDR6X

10 GB GDDR6X

8 GB GDDR6

Interface / transfer rate

384 bit / 936 GByte / s

320 bit / 760 GByte / s

256 bit / 512 GByte / s

Total Board Power (TBP)

350 watts

320 watts

220 watts

price

1500 Euro

700 euro

500 euro

Release

September 24th

17th of September

October

The chip manufacturer buys the additional performance visibly through the power consumption. The GeForce RTX 3090 consumes 350 watts, the GeForce RTX 3080 up to 320 watts. Only the GeForce RTX 3070 comes below the 300 mark with 220 watts. Coolers that tower above the PCB and blow some of the waste heat towards the processor should be able to cope with the power loss. In the case of the GeForce RTX 3090, the graphics card even takes up three slots. According to our information, adapters for the new 12-pin connectors are included.