- Nvidia has launched new GPUs under its RTX line-up.
- The company has added three new ray tracing enabled cards under the line-up.
- The new cards bring significant performance gains over last years graphics cards.
Nvidia has unveiled its latest RTX 30 series of GPUs. Launched at a virtual event, the new series brings with itself three new graphics cards that promise serious performance gains over the company's previous-generation GPUs.
Launched by Nvidia's CEO, Jensen Huang, the RTX 30 series cards use chips that are based on the company's Ampere microarchitecture. This new generation of chips offer much-improved performance at 1.9x power efficiency over Nvidia's previous-generation Turing based RTX 20 series cards.
Nvidia has revealed that new Ampere cards will use chips fabricated using Samsung's 8nm process that has been designed for the company's cards. Nvidia has also revealed the pricing of the new GPUs in India, with the founder's edition NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 graphics card priced at Rs 1,52,000, while the RTX 3080 priced at Rs 71,000 and the more modest RTX 3070 available at Rs 51,000.
"Today's launch of NVIDIA Ampere GPUs is a giant step into the future," said Huang. "The work of thousands of engineering years, the GeForce RTX 30 Series delivers our greatest generational leap ever. NVIDIA RTX fuses programmable shading, ray tracing and AI for developers to create entirely new worlds. Twenty years from now, we'll look back and realize that the future of gaming started here."
While all three GPUs bring a lot of VRAM and CUDA cores for graphics-intensive tasks, they have clear differences between them. But more importantly, all of them improve significantly on last year's Nvidia GPUs in their own particular segments.
Talking about the GPUs, the RTX 3070 is the entry-level RTX card for this year, and the company claims it faster than last year's powerful graphics card, the RTX 2080 Ti, at less than half the price. Interestingly, it also claimed to be 60 percent faster than the original RTX 2070. The new GPU comes equipped with 8GB of GDDR6 memory, which Nvidia claims makes it ideal for games running at 4K and 1440p resolutions.
The RTX 3080 is the mid-level gaming GPU in the ray-tracing enabled line-up of cards from the company. The GPU is promised to offer up to 2x faster performance than the RTX 2080. It features 10GB of high-speed GDDR6X memory capable of hitting a speed of 19Gbps. The RTX 3080 is pegged as 4K gaming solution that can hit "60 frames per second for 4K resolution gaming."
The most powerful in the list the RTX 3090, which comes with a rather interesting design that houses a 'silencer' — a three-slot, dual-axial, a flow-through design that is claimed to be up to 10x quieter than the TITAN RTX and keeps the GPU up to 30 degrees C cooler.
The GPU brings with itself 24GB of GDDR6X memory. The company claims the RTX 3090 is up to 50 percent faster than the TITAN RTX which can easily enable churn out 60 fps in 8K resolution across most top games.
All three GPUs also bring a number of new features, including support for the new AV1 codec. In fact, these are the first discrete GPUs with support for the new AV1 codec, which enables gamers to watch up to 8K HDR internet video using as much as 50 percent less bandwidth.