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NVIDIA Geforce RTX Spec Comparison; 30 Series vs 20 Series

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Yesterday NVIDIA announced its latest GPU’s – the Geforce RTX 30 Series – featuring ‘Ampere’ architecture to offer massive boosts in performance. But what are the specification differences between the three new cards and how do those compare with the current generation?

NVIDIA GeForce RTX

In the new 30 Series line, there is the GeForce RTX 3070, GeForce RTX 3080 and the colossal GeForce RTX 3090, retail prices starting from £469, £649 and £1,399 respectively.

First up how do each of the cards stack up against one another?

    GeForce RTX
3090
GeForce RTX
3080
GeForce RTX
3070
GPU Engine Specs: NVIDIA CUDA Cores 10496 8704 5888
 Boost Clock (GHz) 1.70 1.71 1.73
Memory Specs: Standard Memory Config 24 GB GDDR6X 10 GB GDDR6X 8 GB GDDR6
 Memory Interface Width 384-bit 320-bit 256-bit
Technology Support: Ray Tracing Cores 2nd Generation 2nd Generation 2nd Generation
 Tensor Cores 3rd Generation 3rd Generation 3rd Generation
 NVIDIA Architecture Ampere Ampere Ampere
 Microsoft DirectX 12 Ultimate Yes Yes Yes
 NVIDIA DLSS Yes Yes Yes
 PCI Express Gen 4 Yes Yes Yes
 NVIDIA GeForce Experience Yes Yes Yes
 NVIDIA Ansel Yes Yes Yes
 NVIDIA FreeStyle Yes Yes Yes
 NVIDIA ShadowPlay Yes Yes Yes
 NVIDIA Highlights Yes Yes Yes
 NVIDIA G-SYNC® Yes Yes Yes
 Game Ready Drivers Yes Yes Yes
 NVIDIA Studio Drivers Yes Yes Yes
 NVIDIA GPU Boost™ Yes Yes Yes
 NVIDIA NVLink (SLI-Ready) Yes
 Vulkan RT API, OpenGL 4.6 Yes Yes Yes
 HDMI 2.1 Yes Yes Yes
 DisplayPort 1.4a Yes Yes Yes
 NVIDIA Encoder 7th Generation 7th Generation 7th Generation
 NVIDIA Decoder 5th Generation 5th Generation 5th Generation
 VR Ready Yes Yes Yes
Display Support: Maximum Digital Resolution 7680×4320 7680×4320 7680×4320
 Standard Display Connectors HDMI 2.1, 3x DisplayPort 1.4a HDMI 2.1, 3x DisplayPort 1.4a HDMI 2.1, 3x DisplayPort 1.4a
 Multi Monitor 4 4 4
 HDCP 2.3 2.3 2.3
Founders Edition Card Dimensions: Length 12.3″ (313 mm) 11.2″ (285 mm) 9.5″ (242 mm)
 Width 5.4″ (138 mm) 4.4″ (112 mm) 4.4″ (112 mm)
 Height 3-Slot 2-Slot 2-Slot
Founders Edition Thermal Power Specs: Maximum GPU Temperature (in C) 93 93 93
 Graphics Card Power (W) 350 320 220
 Recommended System Power (W) 750 750 650
 Supplementary Power Connectors 2x PCIe 8-pin 2x PCIe 8-pin 1x PCIe 8-pin
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series

With the GeForce RTX 3080 arriving first on 17th September you’re possibly tempted in upgrading if you have a 9 or 10 Series model so here’s a handy side by side spec list.

    RTX 30 Series RTX 20 Series GTX 10 Series GTX 9 Series
NVIDIA Architecture Architecture Name Ampere Turing Pascal Maxwell
 Streaming Multiprocessors 2x FP32 1x FP32 1x FP32 1x FP32
 Ray Tracing Cores Gen 2 Gen 1
 Tensor Cores (AI) Gen 3 Gen 2
 Memory Up to 24 GB GDDR6X Up to 11 GB GDDR6 Up to 11 GB GDDR5X Up to 6 GB GDDR5
 NVIDIA DLSS Yes Yes
Platform NVIDIA Reflex Yes Yes Yes Yes
 NVIDIA Broadcast Yes Yes
 NVIDIA GeForce Experience Yes Yes Yes Yes
 Game Ready Drivers Yes Yes Yes Yes
 NVIDIA Studio Drivers Yes Yes Yes
 NVIDIA ShadowPlay Yes Yes Yes Yes
 NVIDIA Highlights Yes Yes Yes Yes
 NVIDIA Ansel Yes Yes Yes Yes
 NVIDIA Freestyle Yes Yes Yes Yes
 VR Ready Yes Yes GTX 1060 or higher GTX 970 or higher
Additional Features PCIe Gen 4 Gen 3 Gen 3 Gen 3
 NVIDIA Encoder (NVENC) Gen 7 Gen 7 Gen 6 Gen 5
 NVIDIA Decoder (NVDEC) Gen 5 Gen 4 Gen 3 Gen 2
 DX12 Ultimate Yes Yes
 Video Outputs HDMI 2.1, DisplayPort 1.4a HDMI 2.0b, DisplayPort 1.4a HDMI 2.0b, DisplayPort 1.4a HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.2

The entire range will be out by October, ready for some epic Star Wars: Squadrons sessions hopefully. For further updates on NVIDIA products for VR, keep reading VRFocus.

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