GeForce RTX 30 series graphics cards announced

NVIDIA CEO, Jensen Huang, has revealed the all-new GeForce RTX 30 Series graphics cards at yesterday’s GeForce Special Event show.

The three new cards offer the full range of power to budget options and, most notably, work out cheaper than the cost of the 20 series cards at launch, making them more affordable to those looking for an upgrade to their existing PC.

The cards shown at the event are the RTX 3070, RTX 3080 and RTX 3090.

All three are based on a new architecture, Ampere, providing many improvements over the 2018 RTX cards that first introduced Ray Tracing,

The RTX 3070 with 5888 Cuda Cores, 8GB of fast GDDR6 memory and 1.73 GHz boost clock is the entry level card at £469.00 for the founders edition in October, though expect third parties to announce their own versions with different price points very soon. Even this beats the last generations’ 2080Ti card and NVidia are positioning it as a 4K Gaming card. It’s around a third faster than the previous generation RTX 2070 card according to Nvidia’s own figures.

The RTX 3080 is the card that Nvidia are pushing as their new main card and features enhanced RT Cores and Tensor Cores, plus is the first to include new faster G6X memory modules. It’s also the first to arrive to stores, expected on September 17th at £649.00 for the founders edition. According to their own figures, it’s around twice as fast as an RTX2080 with a 1.71 GHz boost clock speed and 10GB memory.

The RTX 3090 is the ultimate upgrade which Nvidia are nicknaming the Big Ferocious GPU (BFGPU). It features an eye watering 24 GB of fast G6X memory, 10496 Cuda Cores and a 1.70 GHz boost clock. The card is due on September 24th for £1399.00. It’s being touted as the first 8K gaming card and is ideal for those looking for the power option.

On top of the new memory configurations and the increased speeds, the new architecture also brings a few other enhancements;

NVidia Reflex aims to improve response times for gamers “NVIDIA Reflex delivers the ultimate competitive advantage. The lowest latency. The best responsiveness.  Powered by GeForce RTX 30 Series GPUs and NVIDIA® G-SYNC® monitors. Acquire targets faster, react quicker, and increase aim precision through a revolutionary suite of technologies built to optimise and measure system latency for competitive games”

NVIDIA DLSS AI rendering boosts frame rates with uncompromised image quality using the dedicated AI processing Tensor Cores.

On top of the gaming improvements, dedicated drivers will also allow creative software to take full advantage of the new graphics cards, providing a boost for art, rendering and streaming.

You can rewatch the special event and card reveals below.

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