Nvidia launches RTX 3080 Founders Edition

Nvidia has today brought to market the first gaming-oriented GPU to feature the company’s Ampere structure: The RTX 3080 Founders Edition is readily available within the market to expose now for £649 ($699 within the US), with customized variants from Nvidia’s partners anticipated to tear on sale the next day.

Kickstarting what seems to be to be an tantalizing few months for PC gamers, the RTX 3080 FE is launching for the an identical mark because the RTX 2080 did in 2018 (genuinely, the RTX 2080 Founders Edition used to be $100 extra) and is claimed to present up to 2x the efficiency. Sadly, that sing will for now must stay a sing (no no longer up to on these pages), as bit-tech has no longer been integrated on the initial pattern list for opinions. We’re scrambling to salvage and benchmark partner playing cards as hasty as we can, however for now let’s contextualise things with an accurate ol’ fashioned specs desk.


RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 3070 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Big RTX 2080 RTX 2070 Big
Launch date Sep-20 Sep-20 Oct-20 Sep-18 Jul-19 Sep-18 Jul-19
MSRP $1,499 $699 $499 $999 $699 $699 $499
Structure Ampere Ampere Ampere Turing Turing Turing Turing
Codename GA102 GA102 GA104 TU102 TU104 TU104 TU104
Course of 8nm 8nm 8nm 12nm FFN 12nm FFN 12nm FFN 12nm FFN
Transistors 28.3 billion 28.3 billion 17.4 billion 18.6 billion 13.6 billion 13.6 billion 13.6 billion
Die Size 628.4mm2 628.4mm2 392.5mm2 754mm2 545mm2 545mm2 545mm2
PCIe 4 4 4 3 3 3 3
SLI Sure No No Sure Sure Sure Sure
CUDA Cores 10,496 8,704 5,888 4,352 3,072 2,944 2,560
Tensor Cores 328 272 184 544 384 368 320
RT Cores 82 68 46 68 48 46 40
Texture Units 328 272 184 272 192 184 160
ROPs 112 96 64 88 64 64 64
L2 Cache 5MB 5MB 4MB 5.5MB 4MB 4MB 4MB
Heinous Clock 1,400MHz 1,440MHz 1,500MHz 1,350MHz 1,650MHz 1,515MHz 1,605MHz
Enhance Clock 1,695MHz 1,710MHz 1,725MHz 1,545MHz 1,815MHz 1,710MHz 1,770MHz
Height TFLOPS 35.6 29.8 20.3 13.4 11.2 10 9.1
Reminiscence 24GB GDDR6X 10GB GDDR6X 8GB GDDR6 11GB GDDR6 8GB GDDR6 8GB GDDR6 8GB GDDR6
Reminiscence Knowledge Rate 19.5Gbps 19Gbps 14Gbps 14Gbps 15.5Gbps 14Gbps 14Gbps
Reminiscence Interface 384-bit 320-bit 256-bit 352-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit
Reminiscence Bandwidth 936GB/s 760GB/s 448GB/s 616GB/s 496.1GB/s 448GB/s 448GB/s
TDP 350W 320W 220W 250W 250W 215W 215W

Whereas Ampere is extremely a lot an evolution of Turing, which used to be something of a revolution, there are quiet some immense adjustments to take into story. Nvidia’s exhaust of Samsung’s 8nm process brings with it elevated transistor density and energy efficiency. A redesigned Streaming Multiprocessor (SM) sees the theoretical most FP32 processing energy doubled, which is why the TFLOPs are lots larger within the 3000 Series playing cards. The RT Cores and Tensor Cores be pleased also each been upgraded, bringing efficiency enhancements in particular maths. The final two key adjustments are a slide to GDDR6X (for RTX 3090 and 3080 anyway) and PCIe 4.0, vastly increasing memory bandwidth and PCIe bandwidth respectively. We’ll duvet each of these adjustments in elevated element in relation to evaluate time.

The RTX 3080 makes exhaust of a trimmed down version of the GA102 GPU, a beastly die with over 28 billion transistors filled into a die measurement of 628.4mm2. In contrast with RTX 2080, it has extra of comely a lot all the pieces: CUDA Cores, RT Cores, Texture Units, ROPS, cache, memory, and memory bandwidth. Tensor Cores are the exception, as Ampere halves the amount you salvage in each SM, however with each Tensor Core working 2x or 4x better reckoning on the workload, the final result is the an identical. By system of clocks, Nvidia is keeping things roughly on par with the authentic RTX 2080. No topic the recent process bringing better energy efficiency, the sheer amount of these additional transistors and processing blocks mean energy consumption has quiet gone up vastly: 320W is 70W larger than even the RTX 2080 Ti.

More energy needless to claim system extra warmth, and to tackle that Nvidia has one other totally recent cooler for its Founders Edition playing cards. The PCB is extremely compact, however the cooler is longer than earlier than, and the loads of overhang sees Nvidia pulling air instantly thru the cardboard (and out straight in opposition to the consumption fans of CPU air coolers in a conventional setup). Pretty how a hit here is and the implications of it stay to be considered, however one assumes it used to be a compulsory step to steer sure of the cardboard turning into great or an overheating catastrophe.

Without a Founders Edition card of our possess, we’re unable to whine you the efficiency and analysis we in most cases would, so we’ll say you in its build to our sister space HEXUS. In the within the period in-between, we’ll abet working on getting you some extra detailed protection of the a amount of partner playing cards anticipated to became readily available within the market from the next day.

The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition is readily available within the market now for £649 (or $699 within the US). More records is readily available within the market on the legitimate web space.


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