MyDrivers.com, a Chinese technology news and media website, has released tentative specs for Nvidia’s upcoming line of next-generation graphics cards (GPU), the RTX 3000-series. Specifically, they listed specs for the GeForce RTX 3070 and GeForce RTX 3080, whose numerical designation generally signifies the company’s high-end, enthusiast market GPUs.
AMD, whose Radeon-brand cards have been wearing away at the previously Nvidia-dominated market, recently announced an “Nvidia-killer” GPU would be released sometime in 2020, so it’s no wonder than Nvidia is in gear to showcase their next-gen hardware supremacy .
After all, they have an edge to maintain: Nvidia’s cards have routinely dominated the high-end market for GPUs, while AMD’s cards tend to appeal to budget-minded consumers looking to play the latest games at a reasonable price. Meanwhile, Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2080 Ti card has dominated the market as the most powerful consumer-model GPU since its release back in September of 2018.
Nvidia seems eager to maintain that edge, as their new cards blow anything in their past catalogue right out of the water. Take a look:
GeForce RTX 3080 (model GA103)
- 60 SM Array
- 3840 Cuda cores
- 320-bit video memory
- 10 / 20 GB GDDR6 VRAM
GeForce RTX 3070 (model GA104)
- 48 SM Array
- 3072 Cuda cores
- 256-bit video memory
- 8 / 16 GB GDDR6 VRAM
In addition to this, both new cores will be on a 7nm process. MyDrivers notes the exact foundry producing those cores is unknown, but suggested either Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) or Samsung as the manufacturer–based on TSMC’s 7nm production capacity and the close relationship Nvidia and Samsung share.
Regardless, these specs represent a huge leap forward in GPU power, with the RTX 3080’s 20GB GDDR6 VRAM being the largest-ever memory capacity on a consumer GPU. Further, MyDrivers suggested evidence exists for a still-far-off RTX 3080 Ti and Titan model, which mean AMD will have quite a lot of catching up to do if they want to make good on their “Nvidia-killer” rhetoric.