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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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Ehvis 17 Sep, 2020
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Quoting: peta77And 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.

The funny thing is, they actually changed things quite drastically compared to previous generations. This can be seen with high number of "cuda cores". Is I understand they have been messing with the balance between fp32 units and other components. Which makes the excessive power requirements all the more surprising. NVIDIA won't be getting away with this for another generation I think. So I'm happy to wait that out while looking to see what AMD is going to do.
The_Aquabat 17 Sep, 2020
Quoting: EhvisSo I'm happy to wait that out while looking to see what AMD is going to do.
And JayZTwoCents was calling Big Navi dead on arrival.


Last edited by The_Aquabat on 17 September 2020 at 3:03 pm UTC
sub 17 Sep, 2020
Despite not even remotely considering Nvidia products for myself,
someone not waiting for AMD's release (soon) before buying a 30XX must be outright crazy. :D
barotto 17 Sep, 2020
This card's wattage is ridiculous and waaaay beyond my power budget.

I'll wait for RDNA2. Being on TSMC 7nm+, it'll probably be more reasonable.
Ivancillo 17 Sep, 2020
Good machine.

But nVidia drivers.

So no X-Wayland.
Shmerl 17 Sep, 2020
Quoting: TimeFreezeI'll wait for AMD announcement in October. Really hope that their RDNA2 GPUs are at least on a 3070 Level or something like that.

They said they'll make the whole range of cards with RDNA 2, from low to very high end. So I expect them to match 3080 and below.


Last edited by Shmerl on 17 September 2020 at 3:17 pm UTC
Shmerl 17 Sep, 2020
Quoting: EhvisThe funny thing is, they actually changed things quite drastically compared to previous generations. This can be seen with high number of "cuda cores". Is I understand they have been messing with the balance between fp32 units and other components. Which makes the excessive power requirements all the more surprising.

I think excessive power requirements are driven by marketing reasons here. I.e. to show better benchmark numbers you either need to add more compute units or to overclock what you have. I hope at least AMD won't follow the same pattern of increasing power consumption for better numbers.


Last edited by Shmerl on 17 September 2020 at 3:21 pm UTC
Magamo 17 Sep, 2020
I myself am certainly going to wait for the details on RDNA2 before making any decisions, though I'm very much looking toward a new build in the next four months.
Breeze 17 Sep, 2020
If 6800XT is anything like the 5700XT launch:

  • October 28th announcement of release November 30th, reference only.
  • February 1st AIB cards released.
  • March 1st, I can build the kernel and Mesa from git branches to have a somewhat stable experience.
  • October 2021 first Ubuntu release that works reliably, April release didn't have everything.


I have bought a few Nvidia cards and they worked with proprietary drivers the week of release with zero issues. I have a 5700XT, the question for me is:

Is there a game that will be released before October 2021 that I will want 2x performance of 5700XT? If there is, I will buy a Nvidia RTX 3080, if not I'll buy a 6800XT most likely.

Games that may make me want to upgrade:
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Vampire the Masquerades: Bloodlines 2 (not looking good)
  • Starfield
  • New Elder scrolls game
  • Avowed



Last edited by Breeze on 17 September 2020 at 4:00 pm UTC
Shmerl 17 Sep, 2020
Quoting: BreezeIs there a game that will be released before October 2021 that I will want 2x performance of 5700XT?

I'm going to upgrade from 5700 XT to RDNA 2 card, but I don't need x2 change, just enough to adequately use 2560x1440 / 144 Hz monitor. Plus, RDNA 1 cards still have hard to fix hardware issues, so hopefully RDNA 2 will finally be more stable.

Same story really was with first generation Ryzens, they were very rough and things got better only with second generation.
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