Nvidia launches GeForce RTX 3090, 3080 and 3070 with Ampere

The RTX 3090 will be able to hit 8K/60p, though for most of us it just means really, really good 4K

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The RTX 3090 will be able to hit 8K/60p, though for most of us it just means really, really good 4K gaming. 874"}’ section="annotation">Nvidia rolled out its new Ampere-based GeForce RTX 3000-series graphics cards, with the top-of-the-line RTX 3090 that the company claims can handle 8K/60 frames-per-second gameplay — using upscaling in what’s called DLSS 8K mode.

For the GeForce Ampere cards, Nvidia claims the updated shader engine, RT core and Tensor cores deliver much better speed: 2. 7x for shaders, 1. 7x for RT and 2. 7x for Tensor compared with the first generation.

FLOPS are big for real-time rendering performance — that’s gameplay rendering and video editing, among other things — and the increased efficiency should speed up the real-time ray tracing to what we expected it to be when Nvidia first announced the RTX line.

Essentially, the 30-generation of the GeForce cards is intended to provide the performance with ray tracing and DLSS that we expected when Nvidia first announced the RTX line.

And AI has become important in making game interaction and rendering more procedural and less predetermined, and includes Nvidia’s DLSS AI-based upscaling technology.

The RTX 3080 and 3070 seem to deliver about a 30% improvement over the Super versions they replace, which is pretty good in gen-over-gen terms; Nvidia claims the 3070 is faster than the 2080 Ti at the price of the 2070 Super in 4K.

Before the big reveal, the company announced that Fortnite would be getting RTX support, including real-time shadows and ambient occlusion, and showed off a clip of Cyberpunk 2077 running the latest GPU.

Ampere architecture uses a 7nm process, like AMD’s Navi-powered graphics, as compared with Nvidia’s 12nm Turing predecessor.

Not so important for gaming, unless more than a handful of games decide to support it, but important for professional real-time rendering and high-res video editing.

Nvidia showed it off with a pretty impressive sequel to the Marbles demo it showed off in the data-center Ampere announcement, running at 1440p/30fps with depth of field and 130 area lights.

Ampere’s second-generation Tensor Cores and enhanced streaming multiprocessors incorporate a lot of new algorithms for accelerating mathematical operations, including mixed-precision and larger (64-bit) floating-point operations.

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