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Ampere is starting to stretch out its legs and get comfortable on the desktop, with a relatively steady stream of models getting retail releases. It started with the GeForce RTX 3080, which launched in September, followed by the GeForce RTX 3090 later that same month. Then came the GeForce RTX 3070 in October, and a bit of a surprise entry earlier this month, the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti. So, what comes next? Better retail availability, we hope. But when you have a shortage of chips and, on top of it all, one of your add-in board (AIB) partners reports that a truckload of GeForce RTX 3090 cards worth in the neighborhood of $340,000 up and vanish, well, it creates a frustrating situation for consumers,... Read more...
The tagline for 2020 should be "Out of Stock," because that pretty much sums things up in a nutshell, at least as it pertains to consumer purchases (granted, we have had bigger problems this year, no doubt about that). It is the mantra repeated by retailers when going in search for the latest hardware, including NVIDIA's desirable GeForce RTX 30 series. What really gives? A most basic explanation is that demand is exceeding supply (no duh, right?). Despite conspiracy theories of an artificial shortage, the reality is these cards are highly sought after, because the performance leap per dollar versus the previous generation is so good. As a result, the GeForce RTX 3080 arrived and sold out instantaneously,... Read more...
NVIDIA officially announced its GeForce RTX 3060 Ti yesterday, and we got a chance to take one for a spin around the track to see what kind performance it dishes out. Not surprisingly given what we've seen from previous Ampere releases, the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti delivers a solid gaming punch at a not-too-expensive price tag of $399. The first GeForce RTX 3060 Ti graphics cards went on sale earlier this morning (9AM EST), and predictably, they all sold out in record fashion. This has been the case for all of the three previous Ampere launches: GeForce RTX 3080, GeForce RTX 3090, and GeForce RTX 3070. At this point, it seems like wishful thinking that gamers will be able to secure a card... Read more...
Blower-style coolers are starting to feel like a relic of a bygone era, but do not tell that to ASUS. The company is apparently getting ready to launch a factory overclocked GeForce RTX 3090 graphics card with a blower-style cooler attached, in place of the custom triple-fan cooling solutions that it has used on its currently available SKUs. At present, ASUS offers four versions of the GeForce RTX 3090. They include two TUF Gaming variants (stock and factory overclocked) and two ROG Strix models (stock and factory overclocked). All four sport three cooling fans, with the rotation of the center fan reversed to reduce turbulence, presumably for quieter operation. Meanwhile, NVIDIA's GeForce RTX... Read more...
NVIDIA is bolstering its line-up of Ampere-based GPUs today with a new addition to the GeForce RTX 30 series, the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti. As its name suggests, the new GeForce RTX 3060 Ti supplants the previous-gen, Turing-based GeForce RTX 2060 / RTX 2060 Super and slots in just behind the recently-released GeForce RTX 3070, which we recently considered an Editor’s Choice winner at its introductory MSRP. For today’s launch, we got our hands on a pair of GeForce RTX 3060 Ti cards, NVIDIA’s own Founders Edition and MSI’s GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Gaming X Trio. Although these two cards are built around the same GPU, physically and aesthetically they are quite different. You’ll... Read more...
Earlier today, we brought you some early photographs of one of Gigabyte's incoming entry-level Ampere graphics cards: the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti GAMING OC. Given that cards based around this GPU are supposedly launching this week, it shouldn't come as a surprise that additional benchmarks are starting to leak out to give us a better idea of how it will perform. The latest set of leaked benchmarks revolve around entries found in the Geekbench OpenCL database.  As we can see, the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti was able to deliver an OpenCL score of 124,737, which placed it ahead of the Turing-based GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER. This score also put it just behind the much more expensive AMD Radeon RX... Read more...
NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 3060 Ti is reportedly set to launch on December 2nd, which is just a couple of days away. We've already seen a ton of information leak concerning the newest budget entry in NVIDIA's Ampere family of GPUs, and there has been a considerable number of leaked specs that have made their way to the internet. But today, we actually have a look at a card that was delivered to a customer ahead of schedule. In this case, we're getting a look at the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti GAMING OC. This is a 2-slot design with triple fans and a single 8-pin power connector. The card has an aluminum heatsink and a full cover backplate (with included cutouts for improved airflow) according to... Read more...
The evidence that a GeForce RTX 3060 Ti release is right around the bend is piling up. Every day seems to bring a fresh leak or rumor, and today is no exception—purported benchmark scores of NVIDIA's unannounced card have shown up at two different places, those being the Ashes of the Singularity database, and over at Geekbench. Before we get to the benchmark numbers, let's recap the leaked specifications. An apparent GeForce RTX 3060 Ti listing by Manli seemingly confirms the card will ship with 4,864 CUDA cores and 8GB of GDDR6 memory (14Gbps), with a 256-bit memory bus delivering 448GB/s of memory bandwidth. Manli's listing also showed it having a 1,410MHz base clock and 1,665MHz boost... Read more...
It is starting seem like it is no longer a question of whether or not NVIDIA will flesh out its Ampere lineup with a GeForce RTX 3060 Ti, but how many times will the unannounced SKU leak before it gets announced? At least one more time, apparently. The latest leak seemingly reveals a big list of specifications, if the information turns out to be accurate. The only thing we can say for sure is that NVIDIA will eventually get around to launching more Ampere cards. It came out of the gate with three high solutions, including the GeForce RTX 3090 (this generation's Titan RTX, basically) priced at $1,499, GeForce RTX 3080 priced at $699, and the GeForce RTX 3070 priced at $499. Then AMD followed suit... Read more...
EVGA's new GeForce RTX 3090 Kingpin Hybrid Gaming graphics card (24G-P5-3998-KR) is, in a word, boss. It is also expensive, which comes as no surprise—the GeForce RTX 3090 is NVIDIA's flagship Ampere card for consumers (basically this generation's Titan RTX), and the Kingpin Hybrid Gaming edition kicks things up a notch with an all-in-one liquid cooler attached. This is basically for people who not only want the best of the best, but the best of the best of the best, if you can follow all that. And for extreme overclocking attempts. Serving as the backbone is a 12-layer printed circuit board powered by an "extreme power design with extreme overclocking in mind." It sports integrated "Smart... Read more...
It looks as though relief for enthusiasts isn't coming anytime soon if you want one of NVIDIA's highly rated GeForce RTX 30 Series graphics cards. NVIDIA has cited overwhelming demand as it struggles to not only deliver its own Founders Edition cards to customers, but also GPUs that find their way into custom boards from its various board partners. NVIDA CEO Jensen Huang previous stated that he expected supply issues to last through at least the end of 2020. However, on this week's earnings call, NVIDIA CFO Colette Kress explained that eager customers will be waiting into 2021 for relief. "While we had anticipated strong demand, it exceeded even our bullish expectation," said... Read more...
NVIDIA's A100 based on Ampere was already considered the go-to GPU for high performance computing (HPC), but lest any challengers seek to knock the part off its perch, they will now have to contend with a version that has twice as much high bandwidth memory as before, with a massive 80GB HBM2e memory buffer. Yeah, it's like that. The first version of the A100 with 40GB of HBM2 debuted in May and marked the official introduction of Ampere, NVIDIA's latest generation GPU architecture. It is still available, of course, and boasts 1.6TB/s of memory bandwidth to tackle HPC applications. The latest iteration, however, kicks things up a notch with a lot more memory and more bandwidth. According to NVIDIA,... Read more...
It seems like everybody on the planet is clamoring to build a new gaming PC, and that has left many components in very short supply. That cavalcade of hardware that nobody can get their hands on started in mid-September with the GeForce RTX 30 series, based on NVIDIA's Ampere GPU technology. One just has to look at our review of the RTX 3080 to understand why; NVIDIA turned the stagnant performance to cost ratio on its head for the first time since Pascal way back in 2016. As a result, the cards are just exceedingly hard to come by right now. The supply is so outstripped by gamers' thirst for high frame rates that ASUS' ROG UK Twitter account posted an apology. It says the company understands... Read more...
The next-gen GPU wars have begun, and the battle will intensify when AMD's recently announced Radeon RX 6000 series lands at retail, alongside NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 30 series. Which will prove the victor? That remains to be seen. One thing that could possibly work in AMD's advantage is a feature called Smart Access Memory, or so the company would have you believe. Not to be outdone, however, NVIDIA has something similar possible and planned for Ampere. Let's back up a moment. AMD is on cloud nine right now, having launched its Ryzen 5000 series CPUs and Radeon RX 6000 series GPUs. AMD Smart Access Memory (or ASAM) plays into the company's pitch that it is advantageous to build a PC entirely around... Read more...
NVIDIA will no doubt flesh out its GeForce RTX 30 series with more SKUs, though when and exactly what is coming are questions that have yet to be answered. Officially, anyway. Unofficially, there have been numerous leaks and rumors pointing to a GeForce RTX 3060 Ti launching soon, and it looks like MSI is ready with a full lineup. Incidentally, the rumored release date keeps changing. Back in the first half of September, it was suggested the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti would launch in October. Then later in the month, the chatter suggested a November launch. That is still possible—there is more than half a month left—but the most recent rumors now point to early December. If you are looking... Read more...
NVIDIA fired the first shot in the next-gen GPU wars with its Ampere cards, and namely the GeForce RTX 30 series for consumer desktops. Then AMD responded with Big Navi, or its Radeon RX 6000 series, with its own internal benchmarks showing highly competitive performance. So, what's next? NVIDIA might fire a second round of cards, including a GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, very soon. We do not know this for sure, of course, because the rumor mill is not always accurate. That said, rumors and leaks related to more Ampere cards have been piling up lately—there's also talk of a GeForce RTX 3060 (and/or a Ti variant), and other models being in the pipeline. Trying to figure out what is real and what... Read more...
NVIDIA no doubt impressed the enthusiast community when it launched the initial members of its Ampere family: the GeForce RTX 3800 and GeForce RTX 3090. Both of those cards offer a significant uplift in performance compared to their GeForce RTX 20 Series predecessors, and they immediately sold out when they launched.  The GeForce RTX 3070 launched later with GeForce RTX 2080 Ti levels of performance, and the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti is tipped to launch in early December priced at $399. But NVIDIA is reportedly going even deeper into entry-level territory -- just as it did with previous generations -- by releasing a GeForce RTX 3050. Specs for the card have been revealed by hardware... Read more...
NVIDIA's so-called "BFGPU," the GeForce RTX 3090 has been in short supply since its release last month. The audience for the world's fastest graphics card might be a little limited thanks to its $1,500 MSRP, but that hasn't stopped them from fetching far more than that on eBay. One element that was missing at launch was a large pool of cards from NVIDIA's manufacturing partners. However, thanks to a defective graphics card swap, one Redditor got their hands on a new model from MSI: The GeForce RTX 3090 SUPRIM X. According to the poster "Wet-Goat", they received the card as a swap for the card they'd intended to purchase, an ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 3090 that was defective. This card supposedly... Read more...
Will NVIDIA end up adding a GeForce RTX 3060 Ti to its Ampere series? We are unable to say for sure, but the leaks are starting to pile up. One of the more potentially telling indications that a GeForce RTX 3060 Ti is in the cards—and maybe very soon—is the fact that ASUS appears to have registered a whole bunch of models with the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC). The EEC website is one of the better places for leaks, at least as opposed to some random person posting to a random website, oftentimes with a blurry photo or screenshot (yeah, I'm a little jaded with that nonsense, can you tell?). As sometimes happens, unreleased parts get registered with the EEC, then are announced... Read more...
First of all, let's address the obvious—isn't the image above the most convincing Photoshop job you have ever seen? No? Well, I would agree with you hurtful assessment. But since NVIDIA has not yet announced a GeForce RTX 3060 Ti graphics card (or even a regular GeForce RTX 3060), I have to work with what is available. For now, anyway, because rumor has it a launch is just a month away. Wait, wasn't the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti tipped to release this month? It was, according to some supposed preorder listings we wrote about last week. And if that was indeed the plan, the latest chatter suggests it has been delayed slightly, into early December. Assuming any of this is legit information, of course—the... Read more...
If enthusiasts were expecting a better chance at getting a GeForce RTX 3070 this morning than with the preceding GeForce RTX 3080 and RTX 3090, then you probably already know by now that those hopes were quickly dashed. Online sales for the GeForce RTX 3070 opened up at 9am ET this morning, and retail websites either quickly buckled under pressure or quickly threw up OOS messages. We were monitoring both Best Buy and Newegg minutes prior to 9am, and kept hitting refresh until we saw "Add to Cart" buttons. At Newegg, we briefly saw a number of third-party GeForce RTX 3070 cards available to order, only to quickly see the "Add to Cart" button disappear, or were greeted with server error... Read more...
If you’ve had your eyes on the GeForce RTX 3070 — and we know that many of you probably are after reading the HotHardware review earlier this week — you better have your index finger at the ready this morning. Even though NVIDIA delayed the launch of the GeForce RTX 3070 by two weeks to have ample supply of the cards in the channel for customers, at least one major online retailer isn’t expecting its stock to last very long. Late last night, Newegg tweeted that while it “will have more inventory than previous 30 series launches” on hand, it still anticipates that cards will sell out within minutes. That doesn’t give us much confidence... Read more...
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