Yesterday, gamers were treated to a fantastic sight by NVIDIA, and I don’t just mean NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang’s elaborate bas relief oven backsplash. No, Huang briefly spoke about the use of distributed GPU computing’s service in medical research, before switching to the primary thrust of the presentation — NVIDIA’s new gaming offerings, calling them “four gifts” for gamers.
The first announcement was that Fortnite is now officially RTX On, meaning it is enabled for real-time ray tracing and deep learning super sampling to give a fantastic visual boost without sacrificing performance. Of course, to take advantage of this new feature, you will need an RTX capable GPU. Of course, you might want to wait on getting an RTX 2080ti, but more on that in a little bit.
The second announcement was NVIDIA Reflex drivers, which promises to drastically reduce system latency for faster response times, possibly down to 10 milliseconds. Esports games like Valorant, Apex Legends, Call of Duty: Warzone, Destiny 2, and yes, Fortnite will be the first games to take advantage of these new low latency drivers.
To go along with this announcement was that NVIDIA would be making 360hz displays that have built-in latency precision analyzers to reduce latency times even further. To quote Jensen, you only need to “connect in your mouse.” Acer, Alienware, ASUS, and MSI will be selling these monitors this fall, though a more definite date has not been set.
Jensen also briefly covered new AI offerings from NVIDIA, including AI to help streamers remove unwanted background noises or their entire background without the need for a green screen, and AI-based machinima storytelling with NVIDIA Omniverse Machinima, with a beta coming in October.
After a presentation on the technical details and possible results of Real-Time Ray Tracing and Deep Learning Super Sampling, it was time for the main event, the new Ampere GPU cores.
Partnering with Samsung to create custom 8nm Ampere cores, NVIDIA’s new RTX 3000 series cards can be defined as head and shoulders above their 2000 series cards. Not only do 3000 series Ampere cards decompress data on the card to help remove CPU bottleneck, but they also boost performance numbers that are head and shoulders above the 2000 series Tesla cards.
Their flagship, the RTX 3080, boasts over 28 billion transistors, four voltage level signals for doubled data throughput, HDMI 2.1, PCI Express 4.0.10 Gigabytes of G6X, while still being more energy-efficient overall. It was declared as being “twice as powerful” as the 2080, but more significantly, it costs $699. The 3080 is set to release this month on September 17.
Even the “budget” model 3070 is promised to be faster than the $1,200 RTX 2080ti at only $499. It should be available this October. There is also a high-end model, the massive 3090, which will cost $1,500, but given it has 24GB G6X and is capable of 8K 60FPS Ray Traced gaming in addition to everything the other 3000 series GPUs can manage, that price point seems entirely earned.
The 3090 does not have a specific release date yet. One last note is that the presentation signed off by calling these models the “first three” of the Ampere generation, so let’s hope there are more excellent models yet to come.
Are you going to upgrade to a 3000 series? If so, are you heading for the high end 3090, or sticking with the budget-conscious 3070? Let us know below.