Nvidia’s RTX 3090, 3080 And 3070 GPUs: Australian Price, Specs, Release Date

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It’s a big year for PC upgrades, and Nvidia’s next-gen GPUs are finally here to play. After months of leaks, perhaps more than any Nvidia launch in history, the company finally showed off what its second crack at ray-tracing is properly capable of.

The show was mostly a performance briefing, designed to highlight the performance benefits of the RTX 3090, 3080 and 3070 over the original RTX 2000-series cards that launched in 2018.

Update: Our review of the Founders Edition RTX 3080 is now live: you can check it out, including all the benchmarks, here.

There was plenty of info in the leadup to the event. Nvidia officially confirmed the existence of a new 12-pin power connector for their flagship GPUs, even after months of speculation and third-party vendors had confirmed that they would be using two or three standard 8-pin PCIe connectors.

The Australia Nvidia website has been updated with local pricing for Nvidia’s RTX 3090, 3080 and 3070 models. The 3090 will be available for $2429, the 3080 for $1139, and the 3070 from $809:

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Third-party vendors also started revealing their upcoming spins on the RTX 3090, 3080 and 3070. Gainward was the first to do so officially, and others followed suit only hours before Nvidia’s launch officially began.

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But before the RTX cards were officially launched, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang announced that Fortnite would be getting ray-tracing. It’d also be getting DLSS support “soon”, but Nvidia didn’t outline when that would be during the livestream.

Immediately after, Nvidia Reflex was announced. It’s coming as part of the September Game Ready driver, and is designed to reduce system latency across a variety of games.

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Nvidia RTX Voice is also being incorporated into a new piece of software, Nvidia Broadcast. The Broadcast is designed to leverage the GPU for streamers, enabling effects like automatically blurring the background, or creating a green screen effect without actually having a green screen effect.

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The next piece of software was Nvidia Omniverse Machinima, a tool designed to facilitate fan-made videos. Nvidia played an example video using Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord, showing a short siege on a city.

Nvidia then went into a quick breakdown of ray-tracing and the early implementations on the Nvidia RTX line, and the first version of deep-learning super sampling (DLSS). Death Stranding was brought up to highlight the benefits of DLSS, particularly given how effective it was at 4K.

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We then got a look at the difference in shaders, RT cores and Tensor cores between the RTX 30-series and RTX 20-series GPUs. Nvidia then showed off a performance slide comparing the raytracing performance between the Turing GPUs and Ampere, showing mostly a 1.5 times or greater performance lift in games like Quake 2 RTXMetro Exodus, Battlefield V and Control.

The slide didn’t mention frame rates or specifics, but it did note that all tests were done at 4K on an “i9 CPU”. A night-time version of Nvidia’s Marbles ray-tracing demo then played, offering a comparison to the ray-traced Marbles demo running on Turing hardware shown at the GTC conference.

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Jensen Huang then began talking about Nvidia RTX IO, a new caching technology designed to streamline the transfer of storage to memory. It was paired with a new ray-tracing trailer for Cyberpunk 2077, and was followed by the reveal of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090.

The card has a fan on the front and rear to improve airflow, a V-shaped PCB, and a two-slot design.

The two fans are independently controlled, and is designed to direct hot air to the top of the PC case where the system exhaust fan then extracts it out of the case.

A pricing chart then revealed that the RTX 3080 would be priced internationally at the same price as the RTX 2080 Super:

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The RTX 3080 will sell for $US699 internationally. Australian pricing is still being confirmed. The RTX 3070 will be sold for $US499.

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A new trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War — which will support ray-tracing, but also Nvidia’s new Reflex functionality for lower input lag — then played. Like most ray-tracing trailers, there wasn’t a huge amount of gameplay shown but more of a focus on environments and lighting.

Nvidia then began talking about making a “giant GPU that is available all over the world”.

The RTX 3090 has support for 8K/60fps gaming, with clips then playing of Control and Wolfenstein: Youngblood. Little details were provided on the settings and actual performance — or the amount of ray-tracing applied — but a slide noted “RTX On with DLSS 8K”. The price: $US1499, which works out to about $2033 in current pricing. Add shipping and the Australia Tax on top, and you’ve got yourselves the most expensive gamer GPU on the market.

What’s interesting is that there were no comparisons drawn between the RTX 3090 and the RTX 2080 Ti, particularly given the deliberate branding.

Nvidia confirmed that the RTX 3080 will launch worldwide on September 17, while the RTX 3090 would be available internationally on September 24. The RTX 3070, meanwhile, will launch in October.

Here’s the full details announced in a release after the launch:

  • GeForce RTX 3090 — At the top of the stack is the RTX 3090, priced at US$1,499 and referred to as the “BFGPU” — Big Ferocious GPU. It even comes with a silencer — a three-slot, dual-axial, flow-through design that is up to 10x quieter than the TITAN RTX and keeps the GPU up to 30 degrees C cooler. Its 24GB of GDDR6X memory can tackle the toughest AI algorithms and feed massive, content creation workloads. The RTX 3090 is up to 50 percent faster than the current ultimate PC graphics card, TITAN RTX, enabling gamers to experience 60 fps in 8K resolution across many top games.
  • GeForce RTX 3080 — Starting at US$699, the RTX 3080 is the ultimate gaming GPU — up to 2x faster than the RTX 2080. Featuring 10GB of the new high-speed GDDR6X memory running at 19Gbps, the RTX 3080 can consistently deliver 60 frames per second for 4K resolution gaming.
  • GeForce RTX 3070 — Starting at US$499, the RTX 3070 is faster than the RTX 2080 Ti at less than half the price, and on average is 60 percent faster than the original RTX 2070. It is equipped with 8GB of GDDR6 memory, hitting the sweet spot of performance for games running at 4K and
    1440p resolutions.

The 30-series GPUs would also be the first to support the AV1 codec, and single-cable connections to 8K HDR TVs through the HDMI 2.1 ports.

Here’s all the ray-traced demos that were shown off during the event.

As well as explainers on the Nvidia Reflex and Nvidia Broadcast tools:

This post is being updated live.

Comments

  • Nvidia the software company…

    also wow the 3070 beating the 2080TI, definitely need to see real world results to believe that

    • and the 3090 looks massive. curious what the final dimensions will turn out to be

      although even the 3080 looks bigger then my ancient 980 lol

          • It’s been this way for a while now, most of the single slot cards have been either super low end ‘This is integrated graphics by another name’ type cards or a few highly specialised mini/ITX type cards often based on mobile chips. Certainly the ‘standard’ has been double slot for anything ’60’ series or higher from nVidia since…all the way back to the 9600GT…

            Similarly many modern motherboard layouts assume a 2 slot GPU. Most ‘Gaming’ Motherboards either put an M2 slot in that area, or in some cases nothing at all. More entry-level boards usually put a PCIe 1x slot (that nobody really uses) instead.

            3090 is definitely going to be a ‘check your dimensions…thrice’ type of card, though I suspect anyone stumping up for it, like the Titans before it, won’t care about changing case if necessary.

          • @sanguinaryseraph since you dont get your own reply link.

            yep im really curious about the 3090. is it a full 120mm fan on it instead of the regular 90mm fans graphics cards get? and even though triple slot design has been standard for AIB cards for a decade now, this one looks heavy as fuck, so will it need a prop up like some of them alienware systems use? my triple slot 1080ti is already enough to sag a small amount, so this massive thing is gonna sag too much for the pcie slot to handle no doubt.

    • this is about in line with what i was expecting. however, i was more expecting the AIB cards to be in the $1200 range rather than the founders edition. $699usd is only $960aud. i expected markup, but to $1200 is a little extreme. should be more like $1100 for FE and $1200+ for AIB.

  • Going to need to watch a replayonce i get off work this arvo..

    That being said pricing is actually reasonable… i mean there will still be mark ups but i expect the 3080 to be just or under 1.5k which is the same range as the 2080 supers

    A shame ive already done my ugrade (hdd was dying on olde 10 yr old rig so was time to redo everything) i missed out on both intel 10th gen and now this =P

    • Did a full major build since my pc was waaaaaaaaaayy beyond its life span and got a 2080 super around the same price as the 3080 xD

  • I was holding off from the original RTX cards, as I thought by the time ray-tracing is in enough games to make it worth my while, new cards will come out that will make the ray tracing on the original RTX cards useless from a performance point of view. Was expecting higher prices from NVidia, they must be a little concerned about AMD this time around.
    3080 I think is the go for gamers, waiting on some rendering/workstation results from the 3090, the extra RAM is good for Resolve.

    • There’s been rumours flying for months (years?) about Ampere and RDNA2 back and forth, but my expectation for some time, and still is:

      AMD will come out very competitive in the mainstream to high-end market. We’ve seen this before starting at the lower end, and more recently with the 5700(XT) challenging the 2070 series. As a result I think that’s why you see the 3070 and 3080 priced (relatively) competitively.

      nVidia will still trump everything with it’s super ridiculous big bad card (it now prefers to go by the name of RTX 3090). AMD won’t be able to match the raw performance, BUT it’s so far into the extreme territory that it’s only serving as a halo product for the masses.

      I expect this still to bear out, AMD beating the 2080ti solidly is great, and will put it on par with something like the 3080 hopefully, but nothing in the rumours has suggested anything like the power of the 3090, which is fine tbh.

      • ignorance is bliss. amd fan boys been saying x gen of amd card is gonna be great. till it comes out and it barely meets mid level nvidia. repeat for like 4 generations. would be great if amd could come to the party as it would bring prices down, but its not happening any time soon.

        • To be fair if its on par with mid nvidia and still priced comopetitvely thats still goid enough for mst people with gaming in mind unless your in the max ultra or go home or enthusiast type of consumer..

          I tend to go for more high end gpu more for how long they would last since I barely update my pc

          • dont get me wrong. they have their place for budget pcs. but nvidia needs to be challenged at the high end to make any change to pricing. amd can make some well priced budget cards, but nvidia already got that covered too.

  • Really excited for the next generation 4xxx cards if there’s another performance increase like this. Right now my 1080Ti still plays the newest games in super-ultrawide 5120*1440 at Ultra settings. Albeit without ray-tracing but I can wait for that!

    • 1080ti is what i have but im seriously considering the 3080. more than double the performance means every game gonna run at 144fps at 1440p. and although you said you can wait for ray tracing, youll get it.

    • Not likely… you rarely get extremely high jumps like this… 1080ti was the perfect example in the odd performance jump hence a lot of people stuck to it.

      I mean its not like the 4xxx series wont be an improvement over the 3k series but i doubt you will get a massive jump again until a new architecture comes out

      • It really depends how far back you want to go. 10 years ago a yearly doubling of performance was expected. Sure the trend over the last 6 years or so has been a steady decline as we’ve hit diminishing returns and that’s likely to continue for the most part.
        HOWEVER one thing a lot of people seem to be quick to forget is that while the 3xxx series offers a massive performance boost over the 2xxx series…that’s in no small part due to the fact that the 2xxx series itself was a very small jump over the 1xxx series. In fact it was one of the smallest incremental performance jumps ever seen. If you plot out performance/price over time the 3xxx series is about where we probably should be, just the previous generation was an outlier in its mediocrity.

  • Now what i want to know is where do the AIBs come in, below or above this? (after the first few months of all prices being f*cked i mean).
    Like, i think it was 1000 series where the founders editions from Nvidia were all $50-100 more than AIBs.

    If i can get an AIB 3070 at black friday/cybermonday/christmas for ~$700 im in, $750 with a “free” game would work too.
    Sell my 2070 for $400 and its not too bad an upgrade price for apparently 60% improvement (im betting on an average of 50%), plus double RTX perf as a bonus (should actually make it highly useable). Sad about no VRAM upgrade though, even with all the magic “you dont need VRAM” tech they are saying about i feel like it should have been 10gb.

  • The Nvidia Australian site has the RTX 3080 at $1139 but that is MRRP. At USD is $699 MRRP which equals our currency conversion of $950 AUD. So I wouldn’t be expecting to pay more than that for the 3080.

    • You are forgetting GST at the very least, so that $950 becomes $1045. Also they likely have it set a little higher for when our dollar inevitably gets a bit worse (its pretty good right now compared to the last while), so i feel like lower than $1099 was never an option. Then the extra is just some Austax.

      I personally was guessing $1150 when we had US prices but not aussie. So they came in $11 under that haha.
      Im just holding out hope some AIBs will be a bit cheaper.

      • this price is fantastic TBH. without digging up receipts i think my 1080ti cost around $1200aud. and to have a card that is more than twice the performance on that price level again instead of the outrageous cost of a 2080ti at $2300… everyone is winning.

    • As Alex said, that’s not so much MRRP as is the actual list price of Nvidia selling their Founders Edition cards directly so…that’s the price.

      Currently it’s not even known if other channels will even get the FE cards at launch, and it’s not known if Partner cards will be at a higher or lower price point. It’s also rumoured that stock will be very scarce into the new year (which has often been the case previously) so I wouldn’t hold much hope of getting a big discount)

      That being said, given the over-engineering on the FE cooling solution, and the fact that FE cards have generally had the pick of the highest binned chips, my expectation is the partner cards will likely be cheaper than FE this time around.

  • What i want to know is, is it only the 3090 that will have hdmi 2.1?? so if i want to game @ 4k120 on the new tv’s then i need the 3090 as the 3080 will need a finicky dp to hdmi adapter or something?

      • Technically true, but you won’t get HDR and you’ll have to make a lot of sacrifices regarding colour depth and or subsampling.

        HDMI 2.1 supports 4K, 120Hz, 10 Bit HDR at 4:4:4 or RGB simultaneously at a 40Gb/s date rate…HDMI 2.0 simply can’t do that.

        To answer the original question, the Founders Edition cards have all been confirmed to have both HDMI 2.1 and DP 1.4a though apparently they’re not coming to Aus anymore. You’d have to check the specific card as to what ports and how many it has, but I would expect all of the new series to have at least 1 HDMI 2.1 port as it is a pretty major selling (marketing?) feature for 4k/120 and 8k/60.

        • but is there an actual reason why consoles and tvs use hdmi instead of display port? i was under the impression display port was free to use and hdmi had royalties or something. why not ditch the hdmi on consoles and tvs and just use display port? sticking with hdmi is like clinging onto vga because reasons.

          • Couldn’t reply to your other comment either, but regarding the size/weight of the new cards…

            I think you’re on to something with the fan size and the weight of the cards. At a guess from eyeball math it looks like the 3070/3080 cards are still using 80 or 92mm fans, but the 3090 looks bigger, so probably 120mm. This would explain why the card is so damn TALL never mind the other dimensions.
            In regards to weight I just recently got an MSI motherboard with their ‘steel armour’ PCI slot which I assumed was BS, but it’s certainly doing a better job of holding my 1080Ti rock steady which is nice….That being said I’ve just noticed MSI is bundling a GPU support bracket with their 3rd party 3080 which is a first as far as I’m aware…so yeah…that’s a sign I think.

      • Theres a huge hdmi vs dp article out there but oversimplified tldr explanation is hdmi is really more for consumer electronics and devices like consoles and players and the like… dp is for computers

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