NVIDIA introduced its long-awaited new RTX series graphics cards at its live online event today. The company’s first ‘Ampere’ architecture graphics card series was unveiled with the GeForce RTX 3080 and RTX 3070 members. The new series brought many performance improvements with it.
NVIDIA introduced RTX graphics cards with ray tracing technology 2 years ago. The GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, the most powerful model of the first RTX series, made it possible to play 60 FPS games at 4K resolution. But according to NVIDIA’s statement, the new series will bring the gaming experience to even higher levels.
According to the statement made in the live broadcast, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 will be almost twice faster than the RTX 2080. On the other hand, the GeForce RTX 3070 graphics card, which will come with 8 GB of RAM, will be faster than the RTX 2080 Ti. Moreover, the prices of the new graphics cards will be almost the same compared to the old series.
The GeForce RTX 3080 in NVIDIA’s new series will have 10 GB of RAM and a two-fan setup. While one of these fans extracts exhaust air from the graphics card, the other fan will supply air to the graphics card. Models that will come from third-party graphics card manufacturers will likely have a traditional triple or dual fan setup.
The NVIDIA RTX 3080 will have 30 shader teraflops and 58 RT teraflops. One of the biggest increases coming with Ampere architecture will be in AI Tensor Cores. The new graphics card will increase the number of AI Tensor Cores from 89 on the RTX 2080 to 238. The features that the graphics cards will offer are not limited to this.
Both the RTX 3080 and RTX 3070 will be among the first graphics cards to support HDMI 2.1. HDMI 2.1 will pave the way to reach 120 FPS at 4K resolution. In addition, thanks to the variable screen refresh rate support, televisions will reach the fluency of Freesync or G-Sync monitors.