The RTX 3090 flagship is the successor to the Titan RTX and is a true “ferocious beast” of all graphics cards
Techno section editor
After a huge amount of rumors and speculation regarding Nvidia's next generation graphics cards, the company held a special GeForce event. During the online presentation, Nvidia reflected on the past 20 years of computer graphics development, announced a number of the latest technologies and its most powerful graphics accelerators, which have been rumored over the past year.
At the event, Nvidia unveiled its second generation of ray tracing technology with its $ 1,500 flagship RTX 3090 graphics card. Nvidia claims these new cards provide the largest graphics improvement in the history of computer technology, Digital Trends reports.
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The presentation turned out to be so popular that by the time it started, more than 160,000 fans were chained to the company's Twitch and YouTube pages. Today.Lifestyle will share all the most important announcements from Nvidia.
Fortnite RTX ray tracing
RTX in Fortnite
Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang kicked off the event by stating the company's passion for computer graphics and video games. Huang has announced that Epic Games' incredibly popular free-to-play battle royale game Fortnite will now support RTX ray tracing. Moreover, this technology will soon be supported in all games on the Unreal Engine – the engine on which a huge number of projects, including Fortnite, are made.
Nvidia has introduced new tools for esports players that will reduce game lag and increase responsiveness. Nvidia's new Reflex technology helps reduce latency by analyzing the pipelines of the CPU and GPU. As a result, the refresh rate can be increased to 360Hz on compatible G-Sync monitors from Alienware, MSI and Acer, the company said. Nvidia's Reflex Latency Analyzer will help gamers reduce any latency between input devices such as the mouse and what is displayed on the screen.
In fact, Reflex helps to reduce latency to below 30 milliseconds, while most gamers have PC latency as high as 100 milliseconds. As a result, players with Nvidia's new technology will have a faster aiming advantage over those not using it. The Nvidia Reflex will go on sale in September 2020 along with Nvidia drivers. Projects like Valorant, Fortnite and Apex Legends have already announced support for this technology.
“Goodies” for streamers
As interest in online streaming increased during the pandemic, Nvidia has unveiled several new technologies that will transform your humble computer and webcam into a professional streaming studio. Using the power of artificial intelligence, Nvidia's video streaming tool removes audio noise, layers in virtual background effects, and introduces automatic framing with camera tracking technology. Nvidia said it can all be done with a standard webcam and RTX-based graphics card.
“Games have spawned a new art form, Machinima. Artists use game engines to create beautiful videos. On YouTube, these videos are in demand and have been watched billions of times. Most of them are short films, and some even recreate entire classic films,” Huang said.
To advance this trend, Nvidia has announced its Omniverse Machinima software. It is a versatile tool to showcase your creativity to the audience, based on photorealistic ray tracing. The engine is designed to accurately simulate objects and actively uses artificial intelligence. It will be available in October 2020.
New line of RTX 3000 Ampere graphics cards
The main highlight of the show from Nvidia was the official presentation of new video cards based on the Ampere graphics architecture: GeForce RTX 3090, RTX 3080 and RTX 3070. Founder and CEO of the company Jen-Hsun Huang casually touched on a number of new technologies and “chips” of the GeForce software, but the greatest attention was paid the next generation of 3D accelerators.
Nvidia's flagship GeForce RTX 3090
The main gaming flagship of Nvidia was the GeForce RTX 3090, which replaced the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti. According to Santa Clara, the Ampere architecture has a 1.9x improvement in performance per watt relative to Turing 2 years ago, as well as a double in ray tracing. Nvidia Ampere GPUs using 8nm technology are manufactured by the South Korean giant Samsung. Previously, the company preferred TSMC factories for production. Graphics cores also boast PCI Express 4.0 and HDMI 2.1 support.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080
Nvidia itself considers the following characteristics to be the main features of Ampere 3D accelerators:
- New streaming multiprocessors. These are the building blocks of the most powerful and energy-efficient GPU, delivering twice the FP32 operation speed of the previous generation and 30 Shader-TFLOPS processing power.
- Second generation RT cores. The new dedicated RT cores are twice as powerful as the previous generation, enabling simultaneous ray tracing with shading and computation at 58 RT-TFLOPS performance.
- Third generation tensor kernels. New dedicated Tensor Cores, up to two times more powerful than the previous generation, accelerate and optimize AI-powered technologies like Nvidia DLSS with 238 Tensor-TFLOPS processing power.
- Nvidia RTX IO. It features fast GPU loading and decompression of game assets, 100x faster I / O operations compared to APIs for hard drives and traditional storage. Combined with the new Microsoft DirectStorage API for Windows, RTX IO offloads dozens of CPU cores to an RTX GPU for faster frame rates and nearly instant game loading.
- Nvidia has partnered with Micron to create the world's fastest discrete graphics memory for the RTX 3000 series – GDDR6X. The data transfer speed reaches 1TB / s, which greatly improves the performance in games and applications.
- Samsung's new and improved 8N Nvidia process technology delivers higher transistor density and better energy efficiency.
Features of GeForce RTX 3090, 3080, 3070
The flagship RTX 3090 will be the successor to the Titan RTX. The RTX 3090 is built for creatives, broadcasters and gamers looking for the greatest performance. Huang playfully referred to the RTX 3090 with the acronym BFGPU because of the performance and size of this massive card, and he even called it “ferocious” and “beast.”
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090
At the heart of the GeForce RTX 3090 is the GA102 crystal with 28 billion transistors. This graphics card is equipped with 24GB of GDDR6X memory and, according to Nvidia, is suitable for gaming in 8K resolution and is “up to 50% faster” Titan RTX. It will go on sale on September 24 with a recommended price of about 50 thousand hryvnia (or $ 1,500 for the US market).
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080
One step below is the GeForce RTX 3080. According to Nvidia, it offers twice the performance compared to the GeForce RTX 2080. It has 10 GB of GDDR6X memory in its arsenal, and the GeForce RTX 3080 will be available starting September 17. In overseas stores, the device will be available at a price of 699 dollars, and in Ukraine – from 23.5 thousand hryvnia.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070
Finally, the “younger” GeForce RTX 3070 should replace the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti at half the price. It outperforms the GeForce RTX 2070 by 60% on average. The video adapter is content with 8GB of GDDR6 memory and, according to Nvidia, is “an excellent choice for gaming at 4K and 1440p.” The novelty can be purchased in October 2020 at a recommended price of UAH 16.8 thousand ($ 499 for the United States).
Let's remind that the earlier mysterious project from AMD showed “brutal power”. Alongside Nvidia, Intel has released a graphics card for the first time in 20 years, but it can't be bought.
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