NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 30 Series GPU Is The Greatest-Ever Generational Leap

“If the last 20 years was amazing, the next 20 will seem like nothing short of Science Fiction.”- Jensen Huang, CEO of Nvidia

Jensen Huang, CEO and founder of Nvidia, has unveiled its all-new GeForce RTX 30 Series GPUs. Huang made the announcement from the kitchen of his Silicon-valley home as he also spoke about some of the new tools for GeForce gamers. 

The GeForce RTX 30 Series GPUs is the second-generation RTX GPUs that includes the trio of new RTX GPUs — the flagship GeForce RTX 3080, the GeForce RTX 3070 and the “ferocious” GeForce RTX 3090. During the virtual launch event, he claimed that this series is delivering the “greatest generational leap” in the company’s history. 

The series is powered by the NVIDIA Ampere architecture, also known as the largest 7-nanometer processor in the world. According to this blog post, the GeForce RTX 3090, 3080 and 3070 GPUs are said to have smashing performance records and have the capability to deliver up to 2x the performance. It is also said to provide 1.9x power efficiency over previous-generation GPUs. 

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Also, the GPUs take advantage of the second generation of NVIDIA RTX, which is the world’s most powerful PC gaming platform in order to provide unprecedented levels of real-time ray tracing and AI gaming.

Huang stated, “If the last 20 years were amazing, the next 20 would seem like nothing short of science fiction,” He added, “today’s NVIDIA Ampere launch is a giant step into the future.”

Behind The RTX 30 Series

Talking about the RTX 30 Series, Huang stated, “the days of just relying on transistor performance scaling is over.”

RTX 3090

Priced at $1,499, the GeForce RTX 3090 or the Big Ferocious GPU (BFGPU) is said to be the world’s first GPU capable of playing blockbuster games at 60 fps in 8K resolution.

The RTX 3090 is up to 50 per cent faster than the current ultimate PC graphics card and comes with a silencer, i.e. a three-slot, dual-axial, flow-through design that is up to 10x quieter than the TITAN RTX. 

RTX 3080

Built on a custom 8N manufacturing process, the flagship GeForce RTX 3080 has 28 billion transistors. It connects to Micron’s new GDDR6X memory, which is known to be the fastest graphics memory ever made. The starting price of RTX 3080 is $699 and is said to be the ultimate gaming GPU, i.e. up to 2x faster than the RTX 2080.

RTX 3070

The GeForce RTX 3070 is powered by Ampere, NVIDIA’s second-gen RTX architecture. Starting at $499, RTX 3070 is built with enhanced Ray Tracing Cores and Tensor Cores, new streaming multiprocessors, and high-speed G6 memory.

Marvels of 2nd Generation RTX

The new RTX 30 Series GPUs along with the NVIDIA Ampere architecture includes a number of intuitive features. They are-

  • New streaming multiprocessors: The new streaming multiprocessors deliver 2x the FP32 throughput of the previous generation.
  • Second-gen RT Cores: The second-gen RT Cores deliver 2x the throughput of the previous generation.
  • Third-gen Tensor Cores: The third-gen Tensor Cores provide a faster and efficient performance of AI-powered technologies.
  • NVIDIA RTX IO: It enables rapid GPU-based loading and game asset decompression, accelerating input/output performance by up to 100x compared with hard drives and traditional storage APIs
  • World’s fastest graphics memory: RTX 30 Series include the world’s fastest discrete graphics memory, GDDR6X.
  • Next-gen process technology: RTX 30 Series allows higher transistor density and more efficiency.

New GeForce Tools

Besides the trio of the new GPUs, Huang also introduced a slate of new tools for the GeForce gamers. They include-

Nvidia Reflex: 

Nvidia Reflex is a suite of GPU, G-SYNC display, and software technologies that measure and reduce system latency in competitive games. NVIDIA Reflex features two major new technologies – NVIDIA Reflex SDK and NVIDIA Reflex Latency Analyser. It reduces and measures rendering latency, detects the clicks coming from the user’s mouse and then measures the time it takes for the resulting pixels to change on the screen.

Nvidia Omniverse Machinima:

NVIDIA Omniverse Machinima enables gamers across the world to easily master the art of storytelling by using 3D objects, animated by NVIDIA AI technologies.

Nvidia Broadcast:

NVIDIA Broadcast is a universal plugin that works with most popular live streaming, voice chat and video conferencing apps. It mainly harnesses AI to build virtual broadcast studios for streamers.

Wrapping Up

Popular video games like Fortnite, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Minecraft, among others turned on NVIDIA RTX real-time ray-tracing technology. On a concluding note, Huang stated that the second-generation NVIDIA RTX fusing programmable shading, ray tracing and AI would provide photorealistic graphics and the highest frame rates simultaneously. 

Huang said, “In this future, GeForce is your holodeck, your lightspeed starship, your time machine.” He added, “In this future, we will look back and realize that it started here.”

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Ambika Choudhury
A Technical Journalist who loves writing about Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. A lover of music, writing and learning something out of the box.

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