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Update (September 3, 2020): Added official Philippine pricing.

Bigger, Better, Cheaper. This is RTX 3000!

To finish August, Nvidia decided to show us the future of PC Gaming. The Company just introduced their RTX 3000 Series GPUs with the new Ampere Technology. Let’s take a look at each of the GPUs announced.

Ampere Technology

So what makes the new Ampere Technology special? Well, first we wil have to look at the 3 main technologies for Nvidia’s RTX: Programmable Shading, Ray Tracing, and AI. These technologies are managed by the Shader core, Ray-Tracing Core, and the Tensor cores, respectively. The new Ampere technology, so called the 2nd generation RTX, will have 2.7x Shader Core (30 Shader TFLOPs), 1.7x RT-Core (58 RT-TFLOPs), 2.7x Tensor Core (238 Tensor TFLOPs) than the previous generation of RTX. Combined with 28 Billion Transistors, the new Samsun 8nm NVidia Custom Process, and the new GDDR6X VRAM, this generational leap will allow gaming to move forward.

Now, you ask, what are the tensor cores for? well it is used for Deep Learning AI, one of the most notable applications of this is DLSS 2.0. DLSS 2.0 is a process that allows the GPU to render a game at a lower resolution with the help of AI. It predicts what will be displayed by the missing pixels. Allowing you to play at a higher resolution at the same performance. This allows 4K gaming but with the load of 1080p gaming at 60+ or even 100+ FPS.

Underneath all these techno-jargon, what does it really mean? Well, to sum it up, let’s provide the basic process of how a game is played. In the current generation: The data from the game is extracted from its storage, using the CPU and then RAM. The CPU then decompresses the data and feeds it to the GPU for display.

However, with the new RTX technology, instead of the hassle of using the CPU and RAM, the decompression immediately goes to the GPU and its VRAM. Providing better bandwidth than what was possible with an SSD. This causes it to be more efficient that the current Turing technology being used by the 20-series cards.

Now we move on with the announced cards, starting with their flagship GPU, the RTX 3080. A card with the ampere technology mentioned earlier. Having twice the performance of a 2080 at the same price. The 3080 will feature the new GDDR6 memory and the tensor cores that will allow DLSS 2.0.

RTX 3080

Additionally, a new thermal design was introduced. Allowing for a push pull configuration. It both cools the GPU and pumps fresh air to your other components. Then we have another fan to also cool your GPU, and release it. This is an interesting design that controls the airflow within the case itself to, not only cool the GPU, but the rest of your components as well. The RTX 3080 will be available on September 17.

The next GPU, is under the 70 series, or as people call it the “hero” cards as it is what most people can afford, the RTX 3070. As mentioned by Nvidia, it is faster than a 2080Ti, whose price is $1200 (~Php 58,338) by the way. You expect this card to be expensive as well, with how the 20 series cards were priced, but the 3070 is surprisingly only at $499 (~Php 24,258). About less than half the price of the card it topples. This seems the best card, yet again, when it comes to price to performance ratios. The RTX 3070 releases this October.

RTX 3070

For a better look on how these cards perform with respect to the previous generations, here is graph shown by Nvidia.

The last GPU revealed is the BFGPU, the RTX 3090. Despite its naming, it is actually this generation’s Titan card, so the $1,499 (~Php 72,873) price tag is to be expected. However, it is still $1000 cheaper than the RTX Titan. Featuring a boastful 8K 60FPS gaming, this beast will be available on Sept 24th.

RTX 3090

For those of you who still have 10 series GPUs, you may ask, why should we upgrade, when the RTX 20 series, was overpriced while only providing small percentage increase in performance. Well, the Ampere technology, will provide double the performance, than when compared to the Turing technology of the 20 series cards, with respect to the Pascal technology, at a much lower price. So if you haven’t decided to upgrade yet, now is the time.

We look forward to future cards announceements, such as if a 3060 will ever come to light or Super and Ti variants. Nonetheless, Nvidia has setup big competition for AMD teams with their GPUs, and with their pricing it seems they also want to compete with the PS5 and Xbox Series X. Looks like the future of gaming seems to be bright, now’s a good time to get into PC Gaming. Don’t even get us started with how the mobile scene will look like. If these performance boasts are true, then laptops will also receive a huge bump.

Here are the official prices for the cards in the Philippines:

  • RTX 3070 — Php 88,000
  • RTX 3080 — Php 41,000
  • RTX 3090 — Php 29,500
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