Brands Are Already Revealing Their Nvidia RTX 3090, 3080 And 3070 GPUs

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Image: ASUS

Nvidia hasn’t even officially announced its next-gen RTX 3090, 3080 or 3070 GPUs. But given how many leaks there’s been over the past month, at least one vendor was going to pull the trigger early.

Gainward was the first to put official specs and photos of their GeForce RTX 3090 and 3080 models online, and now it seems one of the biggest brands — ASUS — has followed suit. As far as GPUs go, it’s a decent looking thing, and like many of the third party models it’s sporting a triple-blower fan design rather than the funkier chassis that Nvidia’s teased.

An official press release for ASUS’s upcoming RTX 3090, 3080 and 3070 — yes the 3070 as well — has found its way onto Videocardz, complete with official shots. The big headline performance number in the release is a 1.9x “performance-per-watt” improvement from the 20-series GPUs.

All images: ASUS

The press release notes that the GPU will have a 2.9-slot footprint, further confirming the triple-slot pictures, renders and suggestions that have come out over the past month or so.

Six models are being announced, including three in the ASUS TUF Gaming range. All of these cards are quoted to be available “worldwide in September 2020”.

ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 3090
ASUS TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3090
NVIDIA GeForce RTX CUDA cores: 5248
24 GB GDDR6X memory
PCIe interface: 4.0
2 x Native HDMI 2.1 output
3 x Native DisplayPort 1.4a
NVIDIA GeForce RTX CUDA cores: 5248
24 GB GDDR6X memory
PCIe interface: 4.0
2 x Native HDMI 2.1 output
3 x Native DisplayPort 1.4a
ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 3080 ASUS TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3080
NVIDIA GeForce RTX CUDA cores: 4352
10 GB GDDR6X memory
PCIe interface: 4.0
2x Native HDMI 2.1 output
3 x Native DisplayPort 1.4a
NVIDIA GeForce RTX CUDA cores: 4352
10 GB GDDR6X memory
PCIe interface: 4.0
2x Native HDMI 2.1 output
3 x Native DisplayPort 1.4a
ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 3070
ASUS DUAL GeForce RTX 3070
NVIDIA GeForce RTX CUDA cores: TBD
8 GB GDDR6 memory
PCIe interface: 4.0
2 x Native HDMI 2.1 output
3 x Native DisplayPort 1.4a
NVIDIA GeForce RTX CUDA cores: TBD
8 GB GDDR6 memory
PCIe interface: 4.0
2 x Native HDMI 2.1b output
3 x Native DisplayPort 1.4a

We still don’t have any word on how much the GPUs will cost, although I’m hearing some rumours that they might be a lot more than people were anticipating. I’m still holding firm to my expectations of around $2499 for the top end — even amidst a global recession. But we’ll find out how true that guess is soon enough.

Comments

  • hmm I guess i should consider moving on from my GTX980

    I thought only AMD has support for PCIe4, I guess it will just be slow on an intel board?

    • Testing with 2xxx series and PCIe 3.0 showed that only the 2080Ti was (slightly, and only in some circumstances) bottlenecked by PCIe 3.0 at 8x.

      You can extrapolate this out to a card having to have double the performance of a 2080Ti in order to be bottlenecked by a PCIe 3.0 16x interface (yes I realise it doesn’t exactly work like that, but it’s accurate enough and we won’t get a better idea without actual scientific tests with real product).

      So maybe a 3090 might be limited in some scenarios, but nothing below that should have an issue. And lets be honest, if you’re buying a 3090, you’re not still rocking the rest of a system from the 980 era.

    • The early word I’ve seen is that the 3070 is on par with the 2080Ti. Obviously need to see some of these cards get out into the world and see some benchmarks.

      I think I’m going to move up to a 3080 myself (from a 1080Ti).

    • IF Nvidias slides are close to accurate im pretty sure it means the 3070 will be like 60-70% faster than that card (and i bet you’d still fetch $500-600 for your 1080ti, so upgrading would only be a matter of $2-300).
      It would be a step down in VRAM by 3gb, mind you. (which is part of why the 1080ti keeps value actually)
      The 3080 would be probably twice as fast and only a 1gb loss of VRAM. Also $350 more than above.

      So certainly not bad options. Im considering one of them too, as im on a RTX 2070 i got really cheap and thats just behind you in performance.
      I’m thinking of holding off until black friday/cyber monday/11.11/pre christmas deals for one of them. If i could get a 3070 then for $750 or 3080 for sub 1k i think i’d bite (that second one is unlikely but ill dream.

    • TBH your prob rocking a PCI3 slot on your mobo so if anything the PCI/CPU bus will end up being the bottle neck long term, but you would hope it would always be some form of upgrade but unless you get a whole new rig, its going to bottle neck somewhere else

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