Reviewers have just finished testing NVIDIA’s new flagship GPU — the NVIDIA RTX 3080 — and the raves are rolling in.
The NVIDIA Ampere GPU architecture, introduced in May, has already stormed through supercomputing and hyperscale data centers.
But no one knew for sure what the new architecture would be capable of when unleashed on gaming.
Now they do:
- “Nvidia brought it this generation,” PCWorld’s Brad Chacos wrote. “Ampere is indeed Nvidia’s greatest generational leap in recent memory.”
- “The RTX 3080 is just stupidly, ridiculously, insanely fast. Period.” – declared Eber Anthony, at Hardware Canucks.
- “The bottom line is that the RTX 3080 is the new high-end gaming champion, delivering truly next-gen performance without a massive increase in price.” – wrote Jarred Walton, for Tom’s Hardware.
- We can now confirm that this really is the biggest generational leap in PC graphics we’ve seen in years – perhaps ever,” – noted Bill Thomas, at Tech Radar.
The GeForce RTX 30 Series, NVIDIA’s second-generation RTX GPUs, deliver up to 2x the performance and up to 1.9x the power efficiency over previous-generation GPUs.
This leap in performance will deliver incredible performance in upcoming games such as Cyberpunk 2077, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Watch Dogs: Legion, currently bundled with select GeForce RTX 3080 graphics cards at participating retailers.
In addition to the trio of new GPUs — the flagship GeForce RTX 3080, the GeForce RTX 3070 and the “ferocious” GeForce RTX 3090 — gamers get a slate of new tools.
They include NVIDIA Reflex — which makes competitive gamers quicker; NVIDIA Omniverse Machinima — for those using real-time computer graphics engines to create movies; and NVIDIA Broadcast — which harnesses AI to build virtual broadcast studios for streamers.
And new 2nd Gen Ray Tracing Cores and 3rd Gen Tensor Cores make ray-traced and DLSS-accelerated experiences even faster.
GeForce RTX 3080 will be out from NVIDIA and our partners Sept. 17.