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everything we know about Nvidia’s RTX 3000 series so far

Here’s everything we know so far about the release date, price and specs of Nvidia’s Ampere GPUs, including the hotly anticipated RTX 3080, RTX 3080 Ti and RTX 3090.

We’re still a week away from Nvidia’s RTX 3000 graphics cards announcement on September 1st, but ever since they unveiled their new Ampere GPU architecture back in May, the internet has been rife with rumours about the release date, specs and price of Nvidia’s upcoming GPUs. To help you prepare for Nvidia’s hotly anticipated RTX 3080, RTX 3080 Ti and maybe even RTX 3090 reveal, I’ve gathered up all the information I can find about Nvidia’s Ampere GPUs to try and make sense of all the online gossip.

I will, of course, be updating this article on a regular basis as and when more information about Nvidia’s RTX 3000 GPUs gets announced, so watch this space for more details on the RTX 3080, RTX 3080 Ti and RTX 3090’s release date, price and specs. For now, though, here’s everything we know so far.

Nvidia Ampere / RTX 3000 series release date

Earlier in the year, it was suggested we could see a potential Nvidia Ampere release date sometime this August, but Nvidia have now confirmed they will be holding a special GeForce event on September 1st, most likely to officially unveil their next-gen line-up of new RTX 3000 cards. A proper release, though, isn’t likely to come until sometime later in September, and that’s what’s currently doing the rounds online, too.

According to conversations held between board partners and GamersNexus, what we’re currently assuming are going to be the RTX 3080 and RTX 3080 Ti are allegedly set for a release date of September 9th. The RTX 3070 and RTX 3060 will then apparently follow in October and November, but we won’t know for sure until Nvidia lay out their official release schedule.

Nvidia Ampere / RTX 3000 series GPU

Over the first weekend of June, the first alleged image of Nvidia’s Ampere GPU design emerged on the forum Chiphell, which you can see below. The pictures show the front and back of the supposed card, including that all important RTX 3080 moniker, which would seem to confirm that Nvidia’s next generation graphics cards will indeed follow an RTX 3000 series naming convention.

The design is unusual, with fans on both sides of the alleged RTX 3080. Normally, graphics cards only have fans on one side of the GPU to help keep the circuit board cool, so this would be quite a marked departure from Nvidia’s existing design for their RTX 20-series cards if the image is actually real.

Apart from its strange double-sided fan design, though, the image doesn’t give much else away. We can’t see the sides of the graphics card, for example, so there’s no way of telling what kind of display outputs it has or what kind of power connector it requires. Of course, there’s no way of knowing whether this is the final design of the RTX 3080 until Nvidia officially unveil it themselves.

However, another leaked image of the RTX 3090 from Twitter user @GarnetSunset would seem to confirm this leaked GPU design, and their accompanying RTX 2080 card for scale shows these new GPUs could be absolutely enormous in size, too.

The RTX 3090 is allegedly going to be the replacement for Nvidia’s Titan RTX card this generation, and according to the tweet it’s going to be a massive triple-slot GPU rather than the usual two. Whether all Nvidia’s RTX 3000 GPUs will be this massive remains to be seen, of course, but hopefully we’ll find out for sure on September 1st.

Nvidia Ampere / RTX 3000 series specs

When Nvidia unveiled their Ampere GPU architecture at their online GTC 2020 keynote speech in May, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang confirmed that it will be using a 7 nanometer (nm) manufacturing process.

This is significant as Nvidia’s current crop of RTX 2000 series graphics cards, such as the RTX 2080 Ti and RTX 2080 use a 12nm manufacturing process at the moment, so the jump to 7nm should bring with it a considerable leap in performance. The smaller the manufacturing process, the more transistors Nvidia can fit on a piece of silicon, leading to more powerful GPUs and faster performance across the board.

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