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NVIDIA Offers A800 GPU To Bypass US Ban On China!

How NVIDIA A800 Bypasses US Chip Ban On China!

Find out how NVIDIA created the new A800 GPU to bypass the US ban on sale of advanced chips to China!

 

NVIDIA Offers A800 GPU To Bypass US Ban On China!

Two months after it was banned by the US government from selling high-performance AI chips to China, NVIDIA introduced a new A800 GPU designed to bypass those restrictions.

The new NVIDIA A800 is based on the same Ampere microarchitecture as the A100, which was used as the performance baseline by the US government.

Despite its numerically larger model number (the lucky number 8 was probably picked to appeal to the Chinese), this is a detuned part, with slightly reduced performance to meet export control limitations.

The NVIDIA A800 GPU, which went into production in Q3, is another alternative product to the NVIDIA A100 GPU for customers in China.

The A800 meets the U.S. government’s clear test for reduced export control and cannot be programmed to exceed it.

NVIDIA is probably hoping that the slightly slower NVIDIA A800 GPU will allow it to continue supplying China with A100-level chips that are used to power supercomputers and high-performance datacenters for artificial intelligence applications.

As I will show you in the next section, except in very high-end applications, there won’t be truly significant performance difference between the A800 and the A100. So NVIDIA customers who want or need the A100 will have no issue opting for the A800 instead.

However, this can only be a stopgap fix, as NVIDIA is stuck selling A100-level chips to China until and unless the US government changes its mind.

Read more : AMD, NVIDIA Banned From Selling AI Chips To China!

 

How Fast Is The NVIDIA A800 GPU?

The US government considers the NVIDIA A100 as the performance baseline for its export control restrictions on China.

Any chip equal or faster to that Ampere-based chip, which was launched on May 14, 2020, is forbidden to be sold or exported to China. But as they say, the devil is in the details.

The US government didn’t specify just how much slower chips must be, to qualify for export to China. So NVIDIA could technically get away by slightly detuning the A100, while offering almost the same performance level.

And that was what NVIDIA did with the A800 – it is basically the A100 with a 33% slower NVLink interconnect speed. NVIDIA also limited the maximum number of GPUs supported in a single server to 8.

That only slightly reduces the performance of A800 servers, compare to A100 servers, while offering the same amount of GPU compute performance. Most users will not notice the difference.

The only significant impediment is on the very high-end – Chinese companies are now restricted to a maximum of eight GPUs per server, instead of up to sixteen.

To show you what I mean, I dug into the A800 specifications, and compared them to the A100 below:

NVIDIA A100 vs A800 : 80GB PCIe Version

Specifications A100
80GB PCIe
A800
80GB PCIe
FP64 9.7 TFLOPS
FP64 Tensor Core 19.5 TFLOPS
FP32 19.5 TFLOPS
Tensor Float 32 156 TFLOPS
BFLOAT 16 Tensor Core 312 TFLOPS
FP16 Tensor Core 312 TFLOPS
INT8 Tensor Core 624 TOPS
GPU Memory 80 GB HBM2
GPU Memory Bandwifth 1,935 GB/s
TDP 300 W
Multi-Instance GPU Up to 7 MIGs @ 10 GB
Interconnect NVLink : 600 GB/s
PCIe Gen4 : 64 GB/s
NVLink : 400 GB/s
PCIe Gen4 : 64 GB/s
Server Options 1-8 GPUs

NVIDIA A100 vs A800 : 80GB SXM Version

Specifications A100
80GB SXM
A800
80GB SXM
FP64 9.7 TFLOPS
FP64 Tensor Core 19.5 TFLOPS
FP32 19.5 TFLOPS
Tensor Float 32 156 TFLOPS
BFLOAT 16 Tensor Core 312 TFLOPS
FP16 Tensor Core 312 TFLOPS
INT8 Tensor Core 624 TOPS
GPU Memory 80 GB HBM2
GPU Memory Bandwifth 2,039 GB/s
TDP 400 W
Multi-Instance GPU Up to 7 MIGs @ 10 GB
Interconnect NVLink : 600 GB/s
PCIe Gen4 : 64 GB/s
NVLink : 400 GB/s
PCIe Gen4 : 64 GB/s
Server Options 4/ 8 / 16 GPUs 4 / 8 GPUs

NVIDIA A100 vs A800 : 40GB PCIe Version

Specifications A100
40GB PCIe
A800
40GB PCIe
FP64 9.7 TFLOPS
FP64 Tensor Core 19.5 TFLOPS
FP32 19.5 TFLOPS
Tensor Float 32 156 TFLOPS
BFLOAT 16 Tensor Core 312 TFLOPS
FP16 Tensor Core 312 TFLOPS
INT8 Tensor Core 624 TOPS
GPU Memory 40 GB HBM2
GPU Memory Bandwifth 1,555 GB/s
TDP 250 W
Multi-Instance GPU Up to 7 MIGs @ 10 GB
Interconnect NVLink : 600 GB/s
PCIe Gen4 : 64 GB/s
NVLink : 400 GB/s
PCIe Gen4 : 64 GB/s
Server Options 1-8 GPUs

 

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How Biren Got Its Own AI Chips Banned At TSMC!

TSMC stopped making artificial intelligence chips for China’s Biren Technology, and it was all Biren’s own fault!

 

TSMC Stops Making Biren AI Chips Over US Sanctions

TSMC – Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company – has suspended production of advanced artificial intelligence (AI) chips for China’s Biren Technology.

TSMC was forced to make this decision after public domain information revealed that the Biren BR100 and BR104 chips outperformed the NVIDIA A100 chip, which was used as the baseline of US sanctions.

While TSMC has not reached a conclusion on whether the top-of-the-line Biren BR100 or the slower BR104 meet or exceed US government threshold on advanced AI chip technology restrictions, it decided to stop production and supply of the Biren chips for now.

For TSMC to continue producing BR100 or BR104 chips, Biren must now prove that their chips do not offer “peak performance and chip-to-chip I/O performance equal to or greater than thresholds that are roughly equivalent to the [NVIDIA] A100“, or get an export licence from the US Department of Commerce.

And believe it or not – it was Biren Technology that created this mess for itself!

 

How Biren Screwed Up Its Own BR100 AI Chips

Biren, which is one of China’s most promising semiconductor design firms, earlier claimed that its AI chips that were being produced by TSMC are not covered by the latest US export restrictions.

However, its own website touts that the BR100 family of chips offers “world-class performance“, and has “improved by more than 3X” compared to mainstream rivals.

On top of that, Biren actually released a press statement on September 9, 2022, declaring that the slower BR104 was proven by the MLPerf to beat the NVIDIA A100!

Releasing such a statement less than 2 weeks after the US government ordered both AMD and NVIDIA to stop exporting their MI250 and A100 and faster AI chips to China is either amazing chutzpah, or a combination of hubris and idiocy.

Either way, the US government took notice, and TSMC came under pressure to comply with American export restrictions. Awesome PR, but stupid move, Biren…

Take a look at the benchmark results that Biren itself released into public domain, showing that the slower BR104 chip was between 27% and 58% faster than the NVIDIA A100.

With such results, the BR104 would certainly fall under the latest US tech export restrictions. No wonder TSMC quickly stopped making and supplying Biren BR100 series chips.

As powerful as the BR100 and BR104 GPGPU chips may be, they are now dead in the water as TSMC will not manufacture them anymore, and Biren Technology has no plausible alternatives for 7nm fabrication.

Read more : US Targets Chinese Military With New Chip Export Ban!

 

Biren BR100 AI Chips That TSMC Stopped Producing

The Biren BR100 and slower BR104 are General Purpose GPU (GPGPU) chips, which are targeted at artificial intelligence applications.

They are both fabricated on the TSMC 7nm process technology, and use chipset and 2.5D Chip-on-Wafer-on-Substrate (CoWoS) packaging technologies to achieve high yield, and high performance.

The Biren BR100 family of GPGPU chips supports up to eight independent virtual instances (SVI) – each physically isolated with their own hardware resources, for improved security.

Their chips are designed with a proprietary Blink high-speed GPU interconnect bus offering bandwidth of up to 448 GB/s, with the ability to connect up to 8 cards in a single node, using state-of-the-art PCI Express 5.0.

Biren Technology offers two BR100-based products – the Bili 100P OCP Accelerator Module (OAM), and the Bill 104P PCI Express accelerator card.

 

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AMD, NVIDIA Banned From Selling AI Chips To China!

Both AMD and NVIDIA have just been banned from selling high-performance AI chips to both China and Russia!

Here is what you need to know…

 

AMD, NVIDIA Banned From Selling AI Chips To China + Russia!

On Friday, 26 August 2022, NVIDIA and AMD were both ordered by the US government to stop exporting high-performance AI chips to both China and Russia.

In its regulatory filing to the SEC, NVIDIA stated that the US government introduced this ban to prevent them from being used for military purposes, or by the Chinese or Russian military.

The ban uses the A100 Tensor Core GPU as the baseline for NVIDIA, and the 3rd Gen Instinct MI250 accelerator chip for AMD.

Effective immediately, anything equal to, or faster than, the NVIDIA A100 or the AMD Instinct MI250 can no longer be exported to either China or Russia. That includes the upcoming H100 chip.

On August 26, 2022, the U.S. government, or USG, informed NVIDIA Corporation, or the Company, that the USG has imposed a new license requirement, effective immediately, for any future export to China (including Hong Kong) and Russia of the Company’s A100 and forthcoming H100 integrated circuits.

DGX or any other systems which incorporate A100 or H100 integrated circuits and the A100X are also covered by the new license requirement.

The license requirement also includes any future NVIDIA integrated circuit achieving both peak performance and chip-to-chip I/O performance equal to or greater than thresholds that are roughly equivalent to the A100, as well as any system that includes those circuits. A license is required to export technology to support or develop covered products.

The USG indicated that the new license requirement will address the risk that the covered products may be used in, or diverted to, a ‘military end use’ or ‘military end user’ in China and Russia. The Company does not sell products to customers in Russia.

I should point out that the NVIDIA A100 was launched two years ago – on June 22, 2020, while the AMD Instinct MI250 was introduced on November 8, 2021.

So it appears that the US government wants to maintain at least a 1-year advantage in high-performance AI chips.

 

AMD, NVIDIA Set To Lose Billions From AI Chip Sales To China!

Both AMD and NVIDIA stopped selling chips to Russia, after the invasion of Ukraine, so there is no material loss from such a ban on sales to Russia.

However, they both stand to lose billions of dollars worth of sales to China. NVIDIA alone estimates that the ban will affect US$400 million of sales, just in the third fiscal quarter.

Even more worrying was the likelihood that this ban may delay the H100 chip’s launch, and force NVIDIA to move “certain operations” out of China.

The new license requirement may impact the Company’s ability to complete its development of H100 in a timely manner or support existing customers of A100 and may require the Company to transition certain operations out of China.

AMD however claims that the ban will not have a material impact on its business, because shipments of its less powerful MI100 chips are not affected.

At this time, we do not believe that shipments of MI100 integrated circuits are impacted by the new requirements.

We do not currently believe it is a material impact on our business.

Both AMD and NVIDIA will now have to discuss with their customers in China on using alternative (less powerful) chips, or obtaining special licenses from the US government.

 

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GeForce RTX 30 Series Gaming Laptops Are Coming!

At CES 2021, NVIDIA announced the coming availability of Ampere-based GeForce RTX 30 series gaming laptops!

Take a look at what’s coming very soon, and how much faster they will be!

 

GeForce RTX 30 Series Gaming Laptops : Ampere Goes Mobile!

Just 4 months after launching Ampere for desktop gaming, NVIDIA is bringing it to laptops.

At CES 2021, they announced the coming availability of Ampere-based GeForce RTX 30 series gaming laptops!

Starting 26 January 2021, NVIDIA partner brands will begin shipping RTX 3080 and RTX 3070 gaming laptops, followed by RTX 3060 gaming laptops from 2 February 2021 onwards.

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 series mobile GPUs are built on the NVIDIA Ampere architecture, giving them 2nd Gen Ray Tracing cores and 3rd Gen Tensor Cores.

  • New Streaming Multiprocessors : Delivering 2X the FP32 performance of NVIDIA Turing, and 30 Shader-TFLOPS of processing power
  • 2nd Gen RT Cores : Delivering 2X the performance of NVIDIA Turing, plus concurrent ray tracing and compute, with 58 RT-TFLOPS of processing power.
  • 3rd Gen Tensor Cores : Up to 2X the performance of NVIDIA Turing, with 238 Tensor-TFLOPS of processing power.

  • NVIDIA RTX IO : Enables rapid GPU-based loading and game asset decompression, accelerating I/O performance by up to 100X. When used in conjunction with Microsoft DirectStorage API, it offloads the work to the RTX GPU, improving frame rates and enabling near-instantaneous game loading.
  • GDDR6X Memory : Delivers close to 1 TB/s of memory bandwidth, improving gaming performance.
  • Custom Samsung 8N Process Technology : Delivers higher transistor density and greater efficiency.
  • HDMI 2.1 : Delivers single-cable connection to 8K HDR TVs and monitors for ultra-high resolution gaming.
  • AV1 Decode : First discrete GPUs to support hardware decoding of the new AV1 codec, allowing for up to 8K HDR videos at 50% less bandwidth.

NVIDIA is also introducing a 3rd Gen Max-Q Design to optimise the GeForce RTX 30 series gaming laptops for optimal power and performance.

They will also come with WhisperMode 2.0 – which was reengineered to dynamically manage the GPU, CPU, game settings and fan speeds to reduce fan acoustics while maintaining gaming performance.

Finally, NVIDIA will introduce Resizable BAR support in these RTX 30 gaming laptops via a driver update later.

 

GeForce RTX 30 Series Gaming Laptops : Performance

So how much faster are the RTX 30 series gaming laptops?

Based on this comparison that NVIDIA shared, an RTX 3080 laptop will offer 45-55% better performance than an RTX 2080 laptop

 

GeForce RTX 30 Series Gaming Laptops : What’s Coming?

Here is a quick summary of the GeForce RTX 30 series gaming laptops that will hit the market from 26 January 2021 onwards.

  • Razer Blade 15 Advanced : RTX 3080, 3rd Gen Max-Q, 1440p 240Hz display
  • Alienware m15 R4 + m17 R4 : RTX 3080, 360Hz display

  • ASUS TUF Gaming Dash F15 : RTX 3070, 3rd Gen Max-Q, 240Hz display
  • ASUS Zephyrus G15 : RTX 3070, 1440p 90Hz display

  • GIGABYTE Aero 15 : RTX 30 series GPU, 3rd Gen Max-Q
  • MSI GS66 : RTX 30 series GPU, 3rd Gen Max-Q
  • Lenovo Legion 7 : RTX 3080
  • Lenovo Legion Slim 7 : RTX 3060, 1080p 90Hz display

 

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Buy RTX 3080 / RTX 3090, FREE CoD Black Ops Cold War!

NVIDIA is now offering Call of Duty : Black Ops Cold War for FREE, with every qualifying purchase of their new GeForce RTX 3080 or GeForce RTX 3090 graphics card!

Here are the details…

 

CoD Black Ops Cold War : Ray Traced Realism!

Call of Duty : Black Ops Cold War is an upcoming first-person shooter game, and the sixth instalment of the CoD Black Ops series.

Set during the early 1980s, it follows CIA officer Russell Adler as he pursues the alleged Soviet spy, Perseus, who is trying to subvert the United States and tilt the balance of power towards the Soviet Union!

Call of Duty : Black Ops Cold War will launch on 13 November 2020.

Here is a trailer showing ray tracing effects in Call of Duty : Black Ops Cold War using the new GeForce RTX 30 series graphics cards!

Here are the system recommendations by NVIDIA, if you plan to turn on ray-tracing for Black Ops Cold War :

  • 1080p @ 60 fps : GeForce RTX 3070
  • 4K @ 60 fps : GeForce RTX 3080

 

Buy RTX 3080 / RTX 3090, FREE CoD Black Ops Cold War!

NVIDIA just announced that all qualifying purchases of their new GeForce RTX 3080 or GeForce RTX 3090 graphics card will come with their GeForce RTX Call of Duty Bundle :

  • Call of Duty : Black Ops Cold War Standard Edition
  • Woods Operator Pack
  • Confrontation Weapons Pack

Because stocks of these cards are limited, here are some online purchase options to consider :

Malaysia

GeForce RTX 3080 : ZOTAC | ZOTAC | GIGABYTE | MSI | Galaxy | ZOTAC
GeForce RTX 3090 : ZOTAC | GIGABYTE | ZOTAC | iGAME | GIGABYTE | Leadtek

Singapore

GeForce RTX 3080 : ASUS | GIGABYTE | ASUS | Palit | NVIDIA | ZOTAC | ZOTAC
GeForce RTX 3090 : ASUS | GIGABYTE | MSI | MSI | ZOTAC | iGAME | PNY | Colorful

United States

GeForce RTX 3090 : MSI | ZOTAC | MSI | EVGA

United Kingdom

GeForce RTX 3080 : ZOTAC | ZOTAC
GeForce RTX 3090 : Palit | Palit | MSI | ZOTAC | ASUS | GIGABYTE | MSI | ASUS

Australia

GeForce RTX 3090 : MSI | MSI

But please make sure you check with the sellers if your purchase qualifies for the free Cold War bundle.

 

FREE CoD Black Ops Cold War : How To Redeem?

After receiving your promotional code from qualified retailers, follow these steps :

  1. Install your qualified graphics card.
  2. Update or install the latest version of GeForce Experience (Version 3.18 or higher).
  3. Open and log in to GeForce Experience.
  4. Go to the Account drop-down menu in the top-right and select “REDEEM”.
  5. Enter your bundle code from your qualifying bundle purchase.
  6. Follow the remaining instructions on screen to sign in through your Battle.net account.
  7. Select “REDEEM” to redeem Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War to your Battle.net account.
  8. Select “LAUNCH BATTLE.NET” to complete redemption and begin installation.

 

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Radeon RX 6000 vs GeForce RTX 30 : Faster + Cheaper!

AMD claims that their Radeon RX 6000 graphics cards are faster and cheaper than the GeForce RTX 30 graphics cards NVIDIA recently launched.

Take a look at the performance results comparing their Radeon RX 6000 cards against the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 cards!

 

Radeon RX 6000 vs GeForce RTX 30 : Faster + Cheaper!

The AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series is built upon the new RDNA 2 architecture, which introduces an enhanced compute unit, a new visual pipeline, and the all-new AMD Infinity Cache!

RDNA 2 promises to deliver up to 54% better performance per watt over the last-generation RDNA, and up to 3.25X more bandwidth with its new Infinity Cache.

In this video, Dr. Lisa Su, Scott Kerkelman and Laura Smith shares how the new Radeon RX 6000 cards beat NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 30 cards in performance, power efficiency and yes, price!

 

Radeon RX 6000 vs GeForce RTX 30 : Performance Comparison

Caveats

  • These results were provided by AMD, and have yet to be verified by independent reviewers / end users.
  • The games were tested with different APIs (DX12, Vulkan) and the best results were used. They are therefore, not directly comparable.
  • The AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT and RX 6800 cards were tested with Rage Mode and/or Smart Access Memory enabled, which may not reflect real world performance.

Radeon RX 6900 XT vs GeForce RTX 3090 : 4K Gaming Performance

According to AMD, their Radeon RX 6900 XT will match or beat the GeForce RTX 3090, at a much lower price point and significantly lower power consumption.

Radeon RX 6800 XT vs GeForce RTX 3080 : 4K Gaming Performance

At 4K, AMD promises that their Radeon RX 6800 XT will match or beat the GeForce RTX 3080, at a lower price point and with a lower power consumption.

Radeon RX 6800 XT vs GeForce RTX 3080 : 1440p Gaming Performance

At 1440p, the Radeon RX 6800 XT is roughly equal to GeForce RTX 3080 in performance, at a lower price point and with a lower power consumption.

Radeon RX 6800 vs GeForce RTX 2080 Ti : 4K Gaming Performance

Depending on the game, the Radeon RX 6800 will match or be significantly faster than the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, at a significantly lower price point.

Radeon RX 6800 vs GeForce RTX 2080 Ti : 1440p Gaming Performance

At 1440p, the Radeon RX 6800 is significantly faster than the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, at a significantly lower price point.

 

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NVIDIA RTX A6000 + Omniverse : Specs + Details!

At GTC 2020, NVIDIA announced both the new Ampere-based RTX A6000 GPU and the Omniverse 3D platform.

Here are the specifications of the NVIDIA RTX A6000, as well as details and a demo of NVIDIA Omniverse!

 

NVIDIA RTX A6000 : Powered By Ampere!

Like the recently-announced GeForce RTX 30 Series, NVIDIA RTX A6000 is based on the new NVIDIA Ampere architecture.

But unlike the gaming-centric GeForce RTX 30 Series, RTX A6000 is a flagship GPU for creators with a massive 48 GB GDDR6 memory buffer.

With dedicated RT Cores and improved CUDA performance, NVIDIA claims the RTX A6000 will deliver up to 2X better performance than current renderers.

Its second-generation RT Cores add hardware acceleration for ray-traced motion blur rendering, offering up to 7X faster performance than the last generation.

Its third-generation Tensor Cores provides up to 5X the training throughput over the previous generation. In addition, hardware support for structural sparsity doubles the throughput for inferencing.

The NVIDIA RTX A6000 also comes with the PCI Express 4.0 interface, doubling the transfer rate between the GPU and the PC.

 

NVIDIA RTX A6000 : Specifications

Specifications NVIDIA RTX A6000
GPU GA102
CUDA Cores 10,752
TMUs 336
Tensor Cores 336
RT Cores 84
ROPs 112
Base Clock 1.455 GHz
Boost Clock 1.86 GHz
Max. Texture Rate 625 GT/s
Max. Pixel Rate 208 GT/s
Graphics Memory GDDR6 with ECC
Memory Size 48 GB
Memory Speed 16 Gbps
Memory Speed 384-bit
Memory Bandwidth 768 GB/s
Display Interface 4 x DisplayPort 1.4
Graphics Interface PCI Express Gen 4 x16
NVLink 2-way
Form Factor Dual Slot
Size 4.4-inch high
10.5-inch wide
Power Consumption 300 W max.

 

NVIDIA RTX A6000 : Availability

The RTX A6000 will be available through NVIDIA sales channels starting in mid-December 2020, and through their OEM partners early 2021.

 

NVIDIA Omniverse : Powered By Ampere!

Together with the RTX A6000, NVIDIA also announced Omniverse – their new RTX-based simulation, collaboration and rendering platform for 3D workflows.

NVIDIA Omniverse users can collaborate on their 3D workflows live between applications, without imports and exports, and then render them using NVIDIA RTX.

Even though their Marbles At Night demo above highlights the performance of the RTX A6000, Omniverse will work on all NVIDIA RTX hardware, including NVIDIA Studio laptops and RTX-powered workstations and servers.

You will be able to sign up later in Q4 2020 for the open beta.

 

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series : What You Need To Know!

NVIDIA just launched their new GeForce RTX 30 series graphics cards, based on the new NVIDIA Ampere architecture!

Here is a quick primer on what you need to know about the latest NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090, RTX 3080 and RTX 3070 graphics cards!

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series : Virtual Launch

Thanks to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang launched the GeForce RTX 30 series in a virtual event.

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series : 2nd Generation RTX

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 series graphics cards is built on the new NVIDIA Ampere architecture, giving them 2nd Gen Ray Tracing cores and 3rd Gen Tensor Cores.

  • New Streaming Multiprocessors : Delivering 2X the FP32 performance of NVIDIA Turing, and 30 Shader-TFLOPS of processing power
  • 2nd Gen RT Cores : Delivering 2X the performance of NVIDIA Turing, plus concurrent ray tracing and compute, with 58 RT-TFLOPS of processing power.
  • 3rd Gen Tensor Cores : Up to 2X the performance of NVIDIA Turing, with 238 Tensor-TFLOPS of processing power.

  • NVIDIA RTX IO : Enables rapid GPU-based loading and game asset decompression, accelerating I/O performance by up to 100X. When used in conjunction with Microsoft DirectStorage API, it offloads the work to the RTX GPU, improving frame rates and enabling near-instantaneous game loading.
  • GDDR6X Memory : Delivers close to 1 TB/s of memory bandwidth, improving gaming performance.
  • Custom Samsung 8N Process Technology : Delivers higher transistor density and greater efficiency.
  • HDMI 2.1 : Delivers single-cable connection to 8K HDR TVs and monitors for ultra-high resolution gaming.
  • AV1 Decode : First discrete GPUs to support hardware decoding of the new AV1 codec, allowing for up to 8K HDR videos at 50% less bandwidth.

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series : Founders Edition Cards

NVIDIA will introduce three GeForce RTX 30 Series Founders Edition graphics card models, with a new 12-pin power connector.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090

At the top of the stack is the RTX 3090, which NVIDIA nicknames as BFGPU – Big Ferocious GPU. Doom fans will probably disagree…

Priced at a whopping US$1,499, it is a massive three-slot design with a dual-axial flow-through cooler, that is 10x quieter than the TITAN RTX, while keeping the GPU up to 30°C cooler.

With 24GB of GDDR6X memory, the RTX 3090 is up to 50% faster than the TITAN RTX, allowing gamers to finally experience what it’s like to game in the 8K resolution at 60 fps!

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080

Starting at US$699, the GeForce RTX 3080 will be up to 2X faster than the RTX 2080.

With 10GB of GDDR6X memory running at 19 Gbps, it will be able to consistently deliver 4K gaming at 60 fps.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070

Starting at US$499, the RTX 3070 is faster than the RTX 2080 Ti at less than half the price, and is 60% faster than the RTX 2070.

With 8GB of GDDR6 memory, it will be fast enough to handle both 4K and 1440p gaming.

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series : Specifications

Here are the known specifications of the three GeForce RTX 30 series graphics cards :

Specifications GeForce
RTX 3090
GeForce
RTX 3080
GeForce
RTX 3070
CUDA Cores 10,496 8,704 5,888
Base Clock 1.40 GHz 1.44 GHz 1.50 GHz
Boost Clock 1.70 GHz 1.71 GHz 1.73 GHz
Memory Size 24 GB 10 GB 8 GB
Memory Type GDDR6X GDDR6
Memory Speed 19.5 MT/s
Memory Interface 384-bit 320-bit 256-bit
Memory Bandwidth 936 GB/s 780 GB/s 624 GB/s
NVLink (SLI) Yes No
Card Size 3-Slot 2-Slot
Card Power 350 W 320 W 220 W
Card Connectors 2 x 8-pin 1 x 8-pin

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series : Price + Launch Deal

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090, RTX 3080 and RTX 3070 will be available as Founders Edition cards.

In addition, custom boards – both stock-clocked and overclocked variants – will be available from brands like ASUS, Colorful, EVGA, Gainward, Galaxy, GIGABYTE, Innovision 3D, MSI, Palit, PNY and Zotac.

They will be made available at these price points, at these dates :

  • RTX 3090 : US$1,499, starting 24 September 2020
  • RTX 3080 : US$699, starting 17 September 2020
  • RTX 3070 : US$499, starting October 2020

For a limited time, every purchase of a GeForce RTX 30 Series graphics card or system will receive a FREE digital copy of Watch Dogs : Legion.

 

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