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NVIDIA has revealed the first details of their third generation of RTX GPUs with Ada Lovelace, plus DLSS 3 is coming with big improvements too.

Models announced so far includes:

  • RTX 4090 - $1,599 (£1,679) - 24GB GDDR6X - 450W - October 12th
  • RTX 4080 - $1,199 (£1,269) - 16gb GDDR6X - 320W or 12GB GDDR6X - 285W at $899 (£949) - (November sometime)

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Some other features mentioned:

  • Streaming multiprocessors with up to 83 teraflops of shader power — 2x over the previous generation.
  • Third-generation RT Cores with up to 191 effective ray-tracing teraflops — 2.8x over the previous generation.
  • Fourth-generation Tensor Cores with up to 1.32 Tensor petaflops — 5x over the previous generation using FP8 acceleration.
  • Shader Execution Reordering (SER) that improves execution efficiency by rescheduling shading workloads on the fly to better utilize the GPU’s resources. As significant an innovation as out-of-order execution was for CPUs, SER improves ray-tracing performance up to 3x and in-game frame rates by up to 25%.
  • Ada Optical Flow Accelerator with 2x faster performance allows DLSS 3 to predict movement in a scene, enabling the neural network to boost frame rates while maintaining image quality.
  • Architectural improvements tightly coupled with custom TSMC 4N process technology results in an up to 2x leap in power efficiency.
  • Dual NVIDIA Encoders (NVENC) cut export times by up to half and feature AV1 support. The NVENC AV1 encode is being adopted by OBS, Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve, Discord and more.

During the event they showed off Cyberpunk 2077 and Microsoft Flight Simulator running with DLSS3 and the performance uplift did seem pretty impressive. Oh, and Portal RTX is a thing coming as a free DLC in November.

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"DLSS is one of our best inventions and has made real-time ray tracing possible. DLSS 3 is another quantum leap for gamers and creators," said Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of NVIDIA. "Our pioneering work in RTX neural rendering has opened a new universe of possibilities where AI plays a central role in the creation of virtual worlds."

DLSS3 will release with Ada Lovelace on October 12th and these games / engines will support it:

  • A Plague Tale: Requiem
  • Atomic Heart
  • Black Myth: Wukong
  • Bright Memory: Infinite
  • Chernobylite
  • Conqueror's Blade
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Dakar Rally
  • Deliver Us Mars
  • Destroy All Humans! 2 - Reprobed
  • Dying Light 2 Stay Human
  • F1® 22
  • F.I.S.T.: Forged In Shadow Torch
  • Frostbite Engine
  • HITMAN 3
  • Hogwarts Legacy
  • Jurassic World Evolution 2
  • Justice
  • Loopmancer
  • Warhammer 40,000: Darktide
  • Marauders
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator
  • Midnight Ghost Hunt
  • Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord
  • Naraka Bladepoint
  • NVIDIA Omniverse™
  • NVIDIA Racer RTX
  • Portal With RTX
  • Ripout
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2: Heart of Chornobyl
  • Scathe
  • Sword and Fairy 7
  • The Lord of the Rings: Gollum
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Tower of Fantasy
  • Unity
  • Unreal Engine 4 & 5

Oh, they also announced RTX Remix, a free modding platform built in their NVIDIA Omniverse that they say allows people to make RTX mods for various games that include "enhanced materials, full ray tracing, NVIDIA DLSS 3, and NVIDIA Reflex". It will support DirectX 8 and DirectX 9 games with fixed function graphics pipelines.

Those with a keen eye might spot a familiar bit of open source tech being used for it too:

DXVK for those who don't quite get it. The same translation tech used in Proton to get Windows games to run with Vulkan. So all mods made with it will run with Vulkan!

See the full video below:

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In other related NVIDIA GPU news, recently EVGA has broken off from NVIDIA and will no longer do their GPUs. In a brief announcement on their official forum they posted:

Hi all,

You may have heard some news regarding the next generation products from EVGA. Please see below for a message on future products and support:

  • EVGA will not carry the next generation graphics cards.
  • EVGA will continue to support the existing current generation products.
  • EVGA will continue to provide the current generation products.
EVGA is committed to our customers and will continue to offer sales and support on the current lineup. Also, EVGA would like to say thank you to our great community for the many years of support and enthusiasm for EVGA graphics cards.

EVGA Management
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ExpandingMan Sep 20, 2022
Looking forward to building a machine. I'm waiting for AMD's RDNA3 announcement and comparative benchmarks. I'm rooting for AMD, I really hope they turn out to be the obvious correct choice this time around.

On the EVGA news, it's very easy to imagine that nvidia treats these vendors like absolute garbage. The card vendors likely have no leverage whatsoever and nvidia probably gives absolutely zero shits that EVGA dropped them.

Last edited by ExpandingMan on 20 September 2022 at 3:37 pm UTC
Mohandevir Sep 20, 2022
RTX 4080 16gb... 1200$ USD with 320W tdp... Thank you, but no thank you. The tech is not ready for mainstream adoption. That's all it means.

Edit: Modified tdp to follow the article updates. The 12gb model was added afterward, but it doesn't change my point of view.

Last edited by Mohandevir on 20 September 2022 at 8:35 pm UTC
Raaben Sep 20, 2022
These cards are now what I used to spend on an entire PC, no thanks.
Mohandevir Sep 20, 2022
Quoting: GuestNow that I have my steam deck all those overpriced card can go to miners (if its still a thing) or whatever buy it

Yep! I'll wait for a raytracing enabled Steam Deck... Valve already said it's going to be a thing.

Last edited by Mohandevir on 20 September 2022 at 3:59 pm UTC
Liam Dawe Sep 20, 2022
Updated with RTX Remix info.
TheRiddick Sep 20, 2022
Quoting: MohandevirYep! I'll wait for a raytracing enabled Steam Deck... Valve already said it's going to be a thing.

You'd be better to just get a NVIDIA Geforce Now account and streaming it via online, I know lots of people who do that because they've given up on the cost of PC hardware.

I'm quite impressed with the DLSS3 demo and the Morrowind stuff, flight sim also running at 100fps or whatever is impressive as that was real dog-crap of a game performance wise.

Will get a 4090 but probably not in October..
Mohandevir Sep 20, 2022
What completely baffles me is the fact that with every new RTX generation, prices are getting higher and tdp too... To me it doesn't mean that RTX is getting closer to mainstream adoption, on the contrary, to me, it looks like Nvidia is heading in the opposite direction.
TheRiddick Sep 20, 2022
Well the 4090 is apparently close to double the raster performance of the 3090 and more then that in Ray Tracing and specific DLSS3/ADA stuff.

The 4090 is projected stable TDP of 450W? what was the 3090 TDP?

Prices however are skewed thanks to the crypto craze period where GPUs went up %500 $...

Last edited by TheRiddick on 20 September 2022 at 4:13 pm UTC
Mohandevir Sep 20, 2022
Quoting: TheRiddickThe 4090 is projected stable TDP of 450W? what was the 3090 TDP?

Mohandevir Sep 20, 2022
Quoting: TheRiddickPrices however are skewed thanks to the crypto craze period where GPUs went up %500 $...

The crypto craze is gone, and it never had any impact on Nvidia or AMD's msrp.
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