With much anticipation and more than a few leaks, NVIDIA this morning is announcing the next generation of video cards, the GeForce RTX 30 series. Based upon the gaming and graphics variant of NVIDIA’s Ampere architecture and built on an optimized version of Samsung’s 8nm process, NVIDIA is touting the new cards as delivering some of their greatest gains ever in gaming performance. All the while, the latest generation of GeForce will also be coming with some new features to further set the cards apart from and ahead of NVIDIA’s Turing-based RTX 20 series.[…]
The first card out the door will be the GeForce RTX 3080. With NVIDIA touting upwards of 2x the performance of the RTX 2080, this card will go on sale on September 17th for $700. That will be followed up a week later by the even more powerful GeFoce RTX 3090, which hits the shelves September 24th for $1500. Finally, the RTX 3070, which is being positioned as more of a traditional sweet spot card, will arrive next month at $499.
My GTX 1070 is still going strong, and I found the RTX 20xx range far too overpriced for the performance increase they delivered. At $499, though, the RTX 3070 looks like a pretty good deal, but it wouldn’t be the first time supplies will be low, and thus, prices will skyrocket.
The 2080 TI was definitely expensive, but there was a point when they first launched you could get them at the right price, before they skyrocketed from demand. And at that point, it wasn’t an outrageous amount to pay for the performance, if you could afford it.
But the price / performance of the 3080 looks pretty special, providing there is sufficient supply to stop the prices exploding.
Looks promising, but … i’m hoping this will just make AMD cards cheaper, since i really don’t like nvidia’s attitude towards open source as a whole.
I’m blob free, aside from firmware alas, but there isn’t much that can be done about that nowadays. I really don’t miss the days of dealing with nvidia’s drivers on linux.