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As if you forgot, right? Today, the real next generation in gaming begins, with the release of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 as the first in the desktop Ampere architecture.

Need a reminder of just how ridiculous and powerful the RTX 3080 is? Here's some specs:

GEFORCE RTX 3080
NVIDIA CUDA® Cores 8704
Boost Clock (GHz) 1.71
Standard Memory Config 10 GB GDDR6X
Memory Interface Width 320-bit
Ray Tracing Cores 2nd Generation
Tensor Cores 3rd Generation
Maximum GPU Temperature (in C) 93
Graphics Card Power (W) 320
Recommended System Power (W) (2) 750
Supplementary Power Connectors 2x PCIe 8-pin

Additional details: they will support the latest Vulkan, OpenGL 4.6, HDMI 2.1, DisplayPort 1.4a, HDCP 2.3, PCI Express 4 and support for the AV1 codec.

Stock is expected to be quite limited, especially since they did no pre-ordering and stores will likely sell out quite quickly. Even so, here's a few places where you might be able to grab one. Some of the sites are under quite a heavy load too due to high traffic, so prepare to wait a bit. I've seen plenty of "website not available" issues today while waiting to get links.

UK

USA

Feel free to comment with more and we can add them in.

Driver Support

Along with the release, NVIDIA also put out a brand new Linux driver with 455.23.04. This is a Beta driver, so there may be some rough edges they still need to iron out. It brings in support for the RTX 3080, RTX 3090 and the MX450.

On top of new GPU support, it also has a bunch of fixes and improvements including support for device-local VkMemoryType, which NVIDIA said can boost performance with DiRT Rally 2.0, DOOM: Eternal and World of Warcraft with DXVK and Steam Play. Red Dead Redemption 2 with Steam Play should also see a bug fix that was causing excessive CPU use.

The VDPAU driver also expanded with support for decoding VP9 10- and 12-bit bitstreams, although it doesn't support 10- and 12-bit video surfaces yet. NVIDIA also updated Base Mosaic support on GeForce to allow a maximum of five simultaneous displays, rather than three. For PRIME users, there's also some great sounding fixes included too so you should see a smoother experience there.

Some bits were removed for SLI too like "SFR", "AFR", and "AA" modes but SLI Mosaic, Base Mosaic, GL_NV_gpu_multicast, and GLX_NV_multigpu_context are still supported. There's also plenty of other bug fixes.

What's next?

Today is only the start, with the RTX 3090 going up on September 24 and the RTX 3070 later in October. There's also been a leak (as always) of a RTX 3060 Ti which is also due to arrive in October. Based on the leak the upcoming RTX 3060 Ti will have 4864 CUDA cores, 8GB GDDR6 (no X) memory clocked at 14Gbps with a memory bandwidth of 447Gbps which means even the 3060 is going to kick-butt.

Are you going for Ampere, sticking with what you have or waiting on the upcoming AMD RDNA 2 announcements? Do let us know in the comments.

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vipor29 17 Sep
yep and its out of stock which should be no suprise to anyone.people are offloading them on ebay and making bank for sure.
TimeFreeze 17 Sep
I'll wait for AMD announcement in October. Really hope that their RDNA2 GPUs are at least on a 3070 Level or something like that.
mrdeathjr 17 Sep
vulkan version is too old according nvidia json file:

{
"file_format_version" : "1.0.0",
"ICD": {
"library_path": "libGLX_nvidia.so.0",
"api_version" : "1.2.142"
}
}

Ehvis 17 Sep
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Initial benchmarks on sites dealing with less useful operating systems shows a fairly consistent gain of 25% over the 2080 Ti. Which makes it slightly less optimistic than what nvidia says, but still pretty good for current games. However, that mostly applies to 4K/Ultra scenarios (besides a few others that manage very high GPU loads on lower resolutions). But if that's what you want, this seems like a quite attractive GPU for the price. Nothing special enough to replace a 2080 Ti though.

It would be nice if AMD could finally put something competitive out, but seeing that the 5700XT barely breaks half the performance of the 3080, it's not likely the RDNA2 will suddenly compete with the 3080.
Liam Dawe 17 Sep
New driver out, added info.
The_Aquabat 17 Sep
Quoting: EhvisInitial benchmarks on sites dealing with less useful operating systems shows a fairly consistent gain of 25% over the 2080 Ti
because synthetic benchmarks are not real world gaming.
100% increment in performance is just a buzzword.
emphy 17 Sep
These cards are all way out of range of what I consider to be acceptable pricing, no matter how good the performance.

What's much more interesting to me is that the rx5700xt numbers are not all that much behind in the reviews (price/performance ratio) and that I am already seeing those cards in the used market for *very* reasonable prices, which I expect to get even more tempting in the coming few months.


Last edited by emphy on 17 September 2020 at 2:27 pm UTC
bisbyx 17 Sep
Quoting: The_Aquabatbecause synthetic benchmarks are not real world gaming.
100% increment in performance is just a buzzword.

They did 2 things here:

1. compared the 3070 to the 2080ti, then compared the 3080 to the 2080 (non super). They primed your brain so when you hear "twice as fast" you think "twice as fast as the 2080ti"... Even though 25% faster than the 2080ti is exactly what their graph (shown in the article) roughly says.

2. pushed REALLY hard for RTX numbers. Linus Tech Tips says Nvidia reached out and told them "oh no, the double performance thing was for Quake RTX and Minecraft RTX". In reality, the 3080 is only 25-75% (depending on game) faster than the 2080. (which still leaves it faster than a 2080ti by a pretty nice margin).

What really bothers me the most is that this is in fact a new fastest card. it IS faster than the 2080ti, at like half the price. No one buying this is getting ripped off, even at the lower numbers (unless AMD has something even faster for even cheaper coming out in a month, and even then, worst case, it will be comparable). So why even bother to fluff the numbers. The only reason is because most 1080ti owners didnt upgrade to 2000 series. Which is a good thing in a way because of e-waste and what not... But nvidia this time around really wants everyone to feel the need to upgrade, even if they dont need to.

I personally am holding out for some big navi news. It looks like the driver situation is already making some progress.
peta77 17 Sep
Quoting: The_Aquabat
Quoting: EhvisInitial benchmarks on sites dealing with less useful operating systems shows a fairly consistent gain of 25% over the 2080 Ti
because synthetic benchmarks are not real world gaming.
100% increment in performance is just a buzzword.
And additionally looking at the power consumption ( 320W!!!!! ) seems to me that they simply added more cores / computing units and performance increase of the actual hardware is somewhere around zero.
So no reason for me to even think about replacing my 2080Ti. If there'd be a card with same performance & memory and much lower power demands ( -> less heat / noise produced ), I might think about a replacement. But it doesn't look like NVidia can deliver that at the moment.
The_Aquabat 17 Sep
Quoting: bisbyxcompared the 3070 to the 2080ti, then compared the 3080 to the 2080 (non super). They primed your brain so when you hear "twice as fast" you think "twice as fast as the 2080ti"... Even though 25% faster than the 2080ti is exactly what their graph (shown in the article) roughly says.

interesting I didn't notice the 2080ti at first glance they put it like in furthest part of the graph another marketing technique here??
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