While we eagerly wait for the new generation consoles to launch, PC gamers have been enduring sleepless nights from the lack of discrete graphics cards doing stable 4K at 120Hz. Any and every indulgence in that space is met by an equally wallet-pounding cost. Do the RTX 30 Series GPUs fix it or simply, how much money will you have to put down for the performance increase?
Here are five things you need to know about the Nvidia RTX 30 Series GPUs.
1) Price and availability
Let's get the money business out of the way. The GeForce RTX 3080 starts at ₹71,000. The GeForce RTX 3070 starts at ₹51,000 and the BFGPU (Big Ferocious GPU, that’s what Nvidia is calling it) is priced at ₹1,52,000.
The GeForce RTX 3080 will be available starting September 17 and the GeForce RTX 3090 will be available starting September 24 but you’ll have to wait till October to get your hands on the GeForce RTX 3070.
2) They’re not just cheap, but fast too
How fast are we talking about? Well, Nvidia threw around a bunch of numbers but the short answer is all three of them are essentially twice as fast as their predecessors.
The cheapest of the lot, the RTX 3070 is touted to be faster than the RTX 2080Ti and a staggering 60% increase in average performance over the RTX 2070 that it will be replacing. It also comes with 8GB of GDDR6 VRAM which Nvidia claims is enough for 4K and 2K duties. Only time will tell.
Nvidia not only dropped the price for its RTX 2080 replacement but also jacked it up for twice the performance. The RTX 3080 crams a 10GB of GDDR6X VRAM and promises consistent 60FPS of 4K.
And last but not least, the new jewel in Nvidia’s crown is not from the 80s but is a 90s kid (excuse our horrible humour). The BFGPU is not for mere mortals, simply because it's taking the fight to the RTX Titan GPU with its 24GB of GDDR6X memory. Nvidia is claiming an eye-brow raising 50% increase in performance over the RTX Titan. One that can kick the toughest AI algorithms and feed massive, content creation workloads. And if you’re gaming, it’s covered for 60Hz at 8K resolution. It’s the best money can buy and the top dog from Nvidia’s stables.
3) Nvidia Reflex is for competitive gamers
The Nvidia Reflex suite optimizes and measures the system latency for low-latency mode that allows the PC to respond faster to the user’s inputs. Under this, you have two new features: the Nvidia Reflex Low-Latency Mode and Reflex Latency Analyzer.
Nvidia Reflex Latency Analyzer detects input coming from the mouse and then measures the time it takes for the resulting pixels to change on the screen. The Reflex Latency Analyzer is integrated into new 360Hz Nvidia G-Sync eSports displays from Asus ROG and alike. And NVIDIA Reflex Low-Latency Mode is being integrated into eSports games such as Apex Legends, Call of Duty: Warzone, Fortnite and Valorant to reduce latency by up to 50 percent. How it works is yet to be seen.
4) In bed with Microsoft
Nvidia is snatching the loading time and game asset decompression from your hard drives and accelerating the performance up to 100 times. Nvidia says this GPU-based is rapid and takes advantage of Microsoft’s new DirectStorage for Windows API and even offloads workload from CPU cores to the RTX GPU.
Basically load times are going to get faster and game rendering might boost.
5) AI to render faces and objects using a webcam!
Videogames are art. Many of which are breaking into new genres of cinema, creating not just entire worlds but also forging compelling and humane stories with cinema-like acting, direction and sound quality. And to that, the NVIDIA Omniverse Machinima is here to lend a hand. Omniverse Machinima is focused for devs rather than gamers and it provides a path-traced viewer tool and engine designed for physical accuracy, simulating light, physics, materials and AI. Users can also take assets from supported games, and use their web camera and AI to create characters, add high-fidelity physics and face and voice animation using the rendering power of RTX 30 Series GPUs. Neat.
Now the only burning question we have is… Can it run Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020? We hope so.