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Nvidia (NVDA) has been treating reviewers like myself to a treasure trove of technical information about its new ‘Ampere’ RTX 3000-series graphics cards this week and we can finally reveal this and more ahead of actual performance reviews later this month.
At face value, I’d say that the Founders Edition cards should only be considered by enthusiasts with traditional case layouts – ie no vertical GPU mounts or small form factor cases with designs I mentioned above – or those that want to water-cool their cards, where the reference design usually means better water block compatibility.
The RTX 3000 series actually has a lower number of tensor cores per SM compared to the 2000-series, but they’re significantly more powerful. 32-bit floating point throughput has nearly trebled and memory bandwidth has risen more than 50 percent, thanks to higher memory frequencies, wider memory interface and the use of GDDR6X memory co-developed with Micron.
That means that if you upgrade to Rocket Lake with a PCIe 4. 0-ready Z490 board, you should, according to Nvidia, see an additional performance boost in games.
In fact, even roof and rear fans will need to be adjusted so they respond to temperatures other than CPU temperature to keep your PC’s innards cool – at least with this new cooler on the Founders Edition cards – others are more traditional.
This has been an area of discussion online about whether it will make a difference with Ampere cards too and Nvidia has spoken – it will. Nvidia claims PCIe 4.