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Market overview Nvidia Ampere RTX 30XX: All information

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RTX 3080, RTX 3090, RTX 3070 or RTX 3060 – Nvidia’s new graphics cards are turning the market upside down. We show where there is specific information and investigate rumors.

With the Ampere architecture, Nvidia brings a completely new generation of graphics cards onto the market. These make a massive leap in performance. This applies to both classic graphics and the topic of ray tracing. The graphics card uses special hardware components to calculate, for example, reflections and light reflections in real time, depending on the player’s perspective. We show how good that can look in the article on Minecraft RTX.

The new models come on the market one after the other, so we will update this post again and again. The following sales dates and prices are currently known:

  • RTX 3080: available, price between 700 and 800 euros
  • RTX 3090: Date 09/24/2020, price from 1500 euros
  • RTX 3070: Date 15.10.2020, price from 500 euros
  • RTX 3060: date unknown, price unknown

In this article, we show data on the graphics cards that have already been released and summarize what is simmering the rumor mill about the other models. We also look at which additional hardware makes sense, when the Turing cards from Nvidia will be cheaper (and whether the purchase is even worthwhile) and what AMD wants to counter the attack from Nvidia.

The article appears as part of our gaming world. For example, we published a construction proposal for a VR-compatible gaming PC for less than 600 euros or a comparison test with graphics cards. We also give tips on buying a gaming monitor or a headset.

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The Founders Edition of the Geforce RTX 30XX series

As quickly as it was in stores, the Founders Edition of the Nvidia RTX 3080 was sold out again. No wonder, after all, the RTX 3080 is the first model in the Ampere series and costs around 700 euros. This is significantly cheaper than any comparable card from the previous generation – the RTX 2080 costs around 800 euros, the RTX 2080 Ti is around 1200 euros.


The Geforce RTX 3080

(Image: Nvidia)

There is also a big leap in performance. The colleagues at c’t have already chased the first cards through their benchmarks (heise online “Nvidia Geforce RTX 3080 tested“) and get very good results. In the DirectX 12 benchmark Timespy the RTX 3080 manages almost 15 percent more points than the RTX 2080 Ti, which costs almost twice as much. With these values, the RTX 3080 easily takes the lead, even if the results cannot be transferred 1: 1 due to different benchmark environments. The performance in the RTX benchmark is strong Port Royale, here the RTX 3080 manages almost 30 percent more. That fits well into Nvidia’s strategy, which relies fully on the hardware-based calculation of ray tracing. Games like the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 and Co should therefore be put in the right light.

Unsurprisingly, the Founders Edition of the RTX 3080 was sold out after a few minutes. Currently, all providers are between 750 euros and 800 euros, with the exception of an overclocked version of Zotac, which costs 900 euros. If the graphics cards behave similarly to the RTX 2060 Super, then there should be little variation within the respective generation (with the exception of cards that are overclocked from the value). In other words, you can use more or less any RTX 3080 or choose your own favorite manufacturer. If you are still waiting, you will probably soon be able to find the benchmarks of the various variants on the relevant pages.

RTX 3080: Information and technical data

Surname

RTX 3080

RTX 2080 Ti

target group

4K gaming

Storage

10 GB

11 GB

CUDA arithmetic units

8704

4352

Line intake

320 W

260

Recommended system performance

750 W

650

Occupied Slots (Founders Edition)

2

2

Price (RRP, Founders Edition)

700 euro

1260 euros

publication

released

available

For all those who only smile tiredly at 4K gaming (for example because they have bought an 8K TV), Nvidia brings the RTX 3090. These graphics cards are supposed to show what is possible in games on the PC. That costs a lot, the Founders Edition, which goes on sale on September 24, 2020, has an RRP of 1500 euros. This makes it almost twice as expensive as the RTX 3080, but does it offer twice the performance? At the time of this article, the first leaks have appeared that do not indicate this. Videocardz.com is certain to have found the first benchmarks with the card. According to this data, the RTX 3090 achieves 17965 points in the Timespy benchmark – that would be almost 18 percent more than the c’t colleagues measured with the RTX 3080.


The RTX 3090

(Image: Nvidia)

In the RTX benchmark, the Screenshot from Videocardz 13173 points, about 13 percent more than the RTX 3080. The values ​​should be read with a bit of caution, after all, they are unconfirmed values ​​from more or less unknown sources. We will know more after September 24th, 2020, when the card will go on sale and the blocking period for the tests will fall. One possibility for the comparatively small increase could be PCIe 3.0. A 16x slot achieves a maximum theoretical throughput of 16 GByte / s, a 16x slot with PCIe 4.0 comes to 32 GByte / s. According to Nvidia, the 3090 is only slowed down minimally.

Note for everyone who really wants to get the last bit of performance: The RTX 3090 is the only card of this generation that has SLI.

RTX 3090: Information and technical data

Surname

RTX 3090

RTX 2080 Ti

target group

8K gaming

Storage

24 GB

11 GB

CUDA arithmetic units

10496

4352

Line intake

350 W

260

Recommended system performance

750 W

650

Occupied Slots (Founders Edition)

3

2

Price (RRP, Founders Edition)

1500 Euro

1260 euros

publication

09/24/2020

available

The RTX 3070 is the cheapest of the currently announced Nvidia graphics cards. It will be available from October 15, 2020 and will cost around 500 euros. At the moment there is no hard data on performance, according to Nvidia the card should be roughly on par with the RTX 2080 Ti. The RTX 3070 would probably be the new price-performance king for everyone looking for RTX and a lot of power in their graphics card on a budget of around 500 euros.


The Geforce RTX 3070

(Image: Nvidia)

The first rumors are already buzzing through the web that Nvidia is planning another version of the RTX 3070. This should bring 16 GB instead of 8 GB of RAM. Nothing has been confirmed yet, you will have to wait until October here.

RTX 3070: Information and technical data

Surname

RTX 3070

RTX 3070 Ti / Super (unconfirmed)

RTX 2080 Ti

target group

1440p gaming

Storage

8 GB

16 GByte (unconfirmed)

11 GB

CUDA arithmetic units

5888

?

4352

Line intake

220 W

?

260

Recommended system performance

650 W

?

650

Occupied Slots (Founders Edition)

2

?

2

Price (RRP, Founders Edition)

500 euro

?

1260 euros

publication

October 15, 2020

?

available

Little is known about the smallest card in the RTX lineup. So here you can speculate well, all information should be consumed with caution. Two things should be considered safe: the RTX 3060 will cost less than the RTX 3070 and should be the slowest card in the RTX 30XX series.

We lean out the window a bit and try to guess the RTX 3060’s performance. The predecessor, the RTX 2060, achieved almost 72 percent of the performance of the RTX 2080 Super in our comparison test in the Timespy benchmark. If you play through this with the measurement data of the RTX 3080, the RTX 3060 could achieve around 10956 points. That would throw it into the top field of graphics cards, it would make life difficult for even the RTX 2080 Super in our test field.

If these values ​​are confirmed, then that would be a sensational achievement at a probably good price. But, as I said, at the moment this is little more than reading coffee grounds – we’ll stay tuned.

RTX 3060: Information and technical data

Surname

RTX 3060 (unconfirmed)

RTX 2080 Ti

target group

Full HD gaming (unconfirmed)

Storage

8 GB (unconfirmed)

11 GB

CUDA arithmetic units

4864 (unconfirmed)

4352

Line intake

?

260

Recommended system performance

?

650

Occupied Slots (Founders Edition)

2 (unconfirmed)

2

Price (RRP, Founders Edition)

?

1260 euros

publication

2020/20201

available

In terms of hardware, the power supply unit should be the main focus. The ampere cards require more power than their predecessors; Nvidia specifies between 220 W and 350 W under load. Nvidia recommends power supplies with 650 W (for RTX 3070) or 750 W (for RTX 3080 and RTX 3090) so that the overall system runs stably. The RTX-30xx cards have a new 12-pin connector that sits across instead of lengthways on the graphics card. According to its own information, Nvidia includes a suitable adapter that bends two of the previous 8-pin plugs to the new connection. So you don’t necessarily have to wait for new power supply models.

Image: Nvidia

Good to see: with Ampere comes a new power connection.

If you have a reasonably up-to-date mainboard including CPU, you probably don’t need to upgrade here. The jump to PCIe 4.0 could bring a little more performance, but probably only for the RTX 3090. It becomes problematic when it comes to the CPU. Especially with Full HD, there can be a bottleneck that even the fastest graphics card cannot compensate for. The c’t colleagues have detailed this in the article “Play as a core concernThere it was found that there can be a massive difference in performance in the same system, depending on whether four, six or eight cores are used. If you still have a quad-core system, you should upgrade think.

A new screen is also a good investment. Above all, you should pay attention to a high frame rate. Because only then do the graphics cards really bring the content to the screen. Especially if you want to increase your frames per second (fps) in Full HD, you should choose a screen with 144 Hz or 240 Hz. More about this in our guide to gaming monitors: Displays for gaming.

With an RTX 3080, is it still worth buying an RTX 2080 or smaller? We think so, although of course it always depends on the purpose and the price. Anyone planning to upgrade their gaming system to 4K in the next few years should probably use the RTX 3080 right away. But if you play in Full HD or 1440p, an RTX 2070 Super or an RTX 2080 Super will still provide enough power.

At the moment, the new RTX-30XX graphics cards are apparently still too difficult to get, so the price drop with the predecessors is not that extreme. The prices for the RTX 2080 Super, for example, are trending downwards, but they have been artificially pulled up in the last few months. It looks similar with the RTX 2070 Super, here too the trend is down, but only a few graphics cards are cheaper than ever. In order to be able to show the price history better, we have selected the currently cheapest for each RTX-20XX card and integrated the price history.

Our forecast is that this will only change in October with the RTX 3070. The trend will increase again when the RTX 3060 comes on the market and its price is well below the other graphics cards.

One big question still remains: Where is AMD actually? The Nvidia competitor wants to present its new Radeon RX graphics cards with RDNA2 GPU in October, code name Big Navi. At the moment it looks like it will replace the previous series as the Radeon RX 6000. The new card should have twice as many compute units as the RX 5700 XT, which did very well in our comparison test (heise online “AMD “Big Navi”: High-end GPU supposedly with 5120 shader cores”).

In June 2020 it was still said that the new generation should take on the top models from Nvidia. It is interesting that the new generation of graphics cards based on RDNA2 will bring hardware-side ray tracing, as with Nvidia. Specifically, this means that even more users will soon be able to use the features. We are curious to see what AMD will show in October, what values ​​the new graphics cards will achieve and how they will price.

Who would have thought that this year of all times there would be a lot of fire in the graphics card market? Yes, that Nvidia would bring amps, that was foreseeable, but the price and performance, especially with the RTX 3080, was a big surprise. That makes it exciting precisely because most of them probably had the new graphics cards from AMD on their wish lists.

The effects in the high-end market for graphics cards will radiate into the budget area. It’s not just about used variants, but also about new products. It will be exciting to see what is happening in the lower price ranges, especially when AMD also moves into hardware-side ray tracing.

The article appears as part of our gaming world. For example, we published a construction proposal for a VR-compatible gaming PC for less than 600 euros or a comparison test with graphics cards. We also give tips on buying a gaming monitor or a headset.

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