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Nvidia’s new Ampere GPUs are surprisingly affordable next-gen tech

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The next generation of gaming is coming, but it won’t just be a solo show on the AMD side! While the PS5 and Xbox Series X will still be making use of AMD hardware to push the visual envelope, Nvidia’s looking to make some noise of its own with their latest series of graphics cards. And here they are, resplendent in their glory. Big. Chunky. And with a price tag that makes you want to stone anyone who buys a Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 with Gwyneth Paltrow’s vaginal egg scam.

Over in the US (we’re still waiting for local pricing on this), the RTX 3070 will set you back $499. That’s noticeably cheaper than the 2080 TI, and also packs some properly hefty TFLOPS tech into the mix: 20 shader TFLOPS, 40 RT TFLOPS, and 163 Tensor TFLOPS. There’s also a staggering 5888 CUDA cores and 8GB of GDDR6 memory, which Nvidia says will put the card in the above not only the performance range as the sublime RTX 2080 Ti, but also the RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Super. I just got a RTX 2060 and I’m already feeling the technolust.

On the heavier side of damn son look how amazing my games run why yes I do like eating cardboard when I’m bankrupt, there’s also the RTX 3080. Nvidia’s big bruiser booty dad card has 10GB of GDDR6X memory, 8704 CUDA cores, and an updated cooling design in case you’re sacred that a quick session of DOTA 2 will turn the hardware into explosive thermite.

That card will set you back $699, but even it’s price tag is nothing compared to the apex predator that Nvidia showed off. Right at the top of the Ampere food chain, sits the RTX 3090, and it’s an absolute unit. Here’s the quick breakdown on what a $1499 card will get you: 10,496 CUDA cores, 1700 MHz boost clock, and 24GB of GDDR6X memory.

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This absolute behemoth of a card (it requires three slots as opposed to the usual two) is designed for 8K gaming according to Nvidia, which the company confidently says it will be capable of running at 60fps. Nvidia’s flagship device includes 8K HDR ShadowPlay support and HDMI 2.1 (Which the other 3000 series cards also have), and even has a built-in silencer so that it can absolutely murder…3DMark tests, I guess. As for power? It’ll chew up 350 watts of the stuff, in case you want to prepare for when Eskom knocks on your door.

Exciting times are ahead of us in the gaming hardware space, and once again, Nvidia’s leading the pack with incredible new technology. The RTX 3070 will arrive in October, the RTX 3080 will be out on September 17 and the freight truck containing a single RTX 3090 will pull into the unloading dock on September 24.

Last Updated: September 2, 2020

21 Comments

  1. Iskape

    September 2, 2020 at 08:38

    I think it’s time for an upgrade. If I was to peg a cost on the 3070, I would say in the region of about 8 to 10 grand, with the 3080 around 15 grand and the 3090 most probably closer to 25 to 30 grand, and the raw power seems to be better than what the next gen of consoles are capable of, although, I expect games will still look amazing on the new consoles so I won’t write them off. The end of this year is becoming more and more exciting. Now, the next big official launch in terms of hardware for me is the Zen 3 AMD chips!

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  2. Gavin Mannion

    September 2, 2020 at 08:39

    $1500 for a GPU….. Tell me again how PC gaming isn’t expensive.

    ALSO I really want that

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    • Kenn Gibson

      September 2, 2020 at 10:18

      So do I, maybe ask Linus (from LTT) to sponsor you a new PC……

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    • Caveshen Rajman

      September 2, 2020 at 12:59

      Strawmanning, Gavin. You know the $1500 GPU isn’t meant for PC gaming exclusively.

      Please remember that Nvidia are not a gaming company.

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      • Gavin Mannion

        September 2, 2020 at 17:37

        You’re the sort of person who calls Apple owners sheep paying for overpriced crap then pays £1500+ for a new Samsung

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  3. Seeker

    September 2, 2020 at 08:50

    Nvidia is once again intentionally starving GPUs with memory just to force you to upgrade only a few years later. That 3070 should have 12G, 3080 16GB and 3090 32GB in order for them to pretty much last you till the end of the coming video game generation.

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  4. Gavin Mannion

    September 2, 2020 at 09:01

    so $699 for the 3080…. quick check on ebay

    There’s gonna be some sad sellers this morning

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7b27d664ac32a0fd5835ad0120893b65b1dc74276e99eb4cf586878c3348e9ed.png

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  5. PestControl

    September 2, 2020 at 09:33

    Imagine you JUST bought an RTX 20XX card even though people were advising you to wait until the 30XX series… #FeelsBadMan

    (un)Luckily I don’t have the money for either – however I know people who couldn’t wait for the new series even though everything indicated that the new series will be announced in Sept… and with this pricing those people got royally screwed 😀

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    • Krabby Paddy

      September 2, 2020 at 09:41

      Thought the exact same thing. Shame, but on the other hand, one sometimes needs to be more patient and not listen to the “I must have it now” voice.

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    • Gavin Mannion

      September 2, 2020 at 10:11

      Yeah I built a computer for my kid a few months back and everyone warned me not to pay for a RTX 20XX… In the end I dropped down to a RX 5600 until these cards arrive then can upgrade to a 2080ti when the market corrects

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    • geel slang

      September 2, 2020 at 19:47

      Simple, always wait untill the start of a new cyclef for GPUs, then buy. Got my RTX2070 21 months ago. Not a single regret. Think im sitting this one out.

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  6. Krabby Paddy

    September 2, 2020 at 09:33

    I’d love to be able to justify getting one of these cards but with my upgrade due next year, I’ll be waiting for the 3060. I’m hoping the Rand behaves till then. The mid range cards do the job in my case … But a part of me does still want one of these!

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  7. The D

    September 2, 2020 at 09:33

    By the way guys, I’m trying to bring some PC flava back here, so let me know what you’d like to see more of in this sphere!

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    • Krabby Paddy

      September 2, 2020 at 09:55

      Did you end up getting the R5 3600 with x570? See there you got the RTX 2060. The 3060 won’t be out that soon so if you wanted a new PC now with mid range card you didn’t have much of a choice. At least you didn’t fork out for a high end card.

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      • The D

        September 2, 2020 at 10:18

        I’m likely going to get my new hardware in October, when I’ll have the budget for it 🙂

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        • Krabby Paddy

          September 2, 2020 at 10:40

          I’m in the same boat. Keeping my current GTX1060 for now but upgrading everything else as soon as funds are available. Will be interested in what you decide. I’m wondering do I wait for new CPUs to be announced? I was originally planning on the R7 3700x because I work on other software where the better CPU can help. Then what mobo should I get? There are small things like wanting WiFi and Bluetooth built in that I want (but don’t actually really need). Do I really need the x570 though or is the b450 or b550 fine. I normally do full CPU, mobo & memory upgrade once every 5 years so thinking I should be fine with b450. I don’t think I’ll need PCIe 4.0. … But then there is that voice that says. We wantsss it, we needsss it. We must have the preciousss.

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          • The D

            September 2, 2020 at 10:59

            Yes. Numbers. I understand all of this 😀
            (Thank goodness for being surrounded by more intelligent people)

          • Krabby Paddy

            September 2, 2020 at 10:59

            Ha ha. Yes, that is exactly part of the problem! When spending lots of money on something I want to know exactly what I’m getting and that it is the right choice but flip it isn’t easy to figure it out sometimes. Intelligent people do help. Especially when one has not been keeping up with things for a good few years.

          • Krabby Paddy

            September 2, 2020 at 10:59

            Ha ha. Yes, that is exactly part of the problem! When spending lots of money on something I want to know exactly what I’m getting and that it is the right choice but flip it isn’t easy to figure it out sometimes. Intelligent people do help. Especially when one has not been keeping up with things for a good few years.

  8. Kenn Gibson

    September 2, 2020 at 10:11

    Man I want a decent PC gaming rig, mine is close to ten years old, but no ways do I have those sorts of randela’s…. Guess gaming stays on consoles for me… sigh.

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