Nvidia Ampere release date, price, specs and performance

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Nvidia Ampere release date, price, specs and performance

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The Nvidia Ampere graphics cards could be officially launched in a couple of weeks, with Nvidia confirming it will host its own showcase event on 1 September. But leading up to the event, various rumours and leaks have provided a potential early sneak peek. 

The most recent ‘leak’ is a supposed photo of the RTX 3090 posted by Twitter user @GarnetSunset who claims to be a Cloud Security Researcher. Since they aren’t a renowned source, we advise to retain some scepticism about the photos, although they do appear legitimate and look similar to previous leaked images.

One of the most interesting aspects of the RTX 3090 photo is it’s size; it’s a giant, appearing significantly bigger than the existing RTX 2080. The leaker, @GarnetSunset, also points out that the RTX 3090 is a three-slot GPU and will likely take up a lot of space in your gaming PC.

The leaker also corrects his initial $2000 price claim, suggesting the RTX 3090 will cost $1500. That’s a lot of cash, but if rumours are true, this flagship graphics card will be incredibly powerful. Memory manufacturer Micro (as spotted by VideoCardz) claims the RTX 2090 will feature 12GB GDDR6X that’s potentially capable of breaking the 1TB/s bandwidth barrier. With the current RTX 2080 Ti only capable of 616 GB/s bandwidth, the RTX 3090 looks to offer a significant performance jump.

Renowned leaker @_rogame (via Wccftech) has backed up these reports by suggesting the RTX 3080 will also see GDDR6X memory, but with 10GB of VRAM instead. This will apparently result in a 760 GB/s bandwidth, which is a 53% jump compared to the RTX 2080 Super. The rest of the Ampere family is expected to feature GDDR6X memory too, including the RTX 3070 and RTX 3060.

It’s expected that Nvidia will adopt Samsung’s 8nm node, as well as a (via renowned leaker @KkatCorgi) 627mm² die which is smaller than the RTX 2080 Ti. This means Nvidia Ampere should be more efficient than the Turing Generation, potentially leading to a significant performance boost.

Ray tracing is likely to be a major focus for Nvidia again too, especially with the likes of the PS5, Xbox Series X and AMD Big Navi will all be embracing the technology this year. The bad news is that you may have to upgrade your PSU to accommodate a Nvidia Ampere graphics card, with Chinese publication FCPowerUp (spotted by Overclockers) claiming they will use a a new 12-pin PCIe power connector.

Keep reading for more in-depth rumours and leaks for the upcoming Nvidia Ampere graphics cards.

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Nvidia Ampere release date – When will Nvidia RTX 3ooo launch?

Nvidia Ampere graphics cards will be available from 17 September 2020 according to Chinese publication IThome.

While IThome clarified it’s not 100% confident whether this information is accurate, the early September window at least looks a certainty after Nvidia officially announced a GeForce Special Event on 1 September.

It’s also been suggested that Nvidia plans to stagger the launch of the Ampere graphics cards, with the RTX 3090 and RTX 3080 arriving first, and the RTX 3070 and RTX 3060 landing in stores in October and November respectively.

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Nvidia Ampere price – How much will RTX 3ooo cost?

There haven’t been many rumours regarding the price, but Twitter user @GarnetSunset (who recently shared supposed photos of the RTX 3090) has provided a potential list of pricing for the next-gen graphics cards.

The RTX 3090 looks to be the most expensive of the range, and is claimed to cost a whopping $1400. Meanwhile, the leaker suggests the RTX 3080 will cost $800, the RTX 3070 will set you back $600 and the RTX 3060 will be priced at $400. These figures looks to be in the realm of possibility, although we have to stress that the source has no previous history of providing leaked information, and so it can’t be guaranteed whether any of this information is accurate.

Nvidia has also been known to set the official prices as late as possible in order to undercut the competition, so even if the above information is correct right now, it’s possible Nvidia could alter the pricing again before launch.

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Nvidia Ampere specs

Nothing is confirmed regarding Nvidia Ampere specs so far, but there has been plenty of rumours. It was expected that Ampere would use TSMC’s 7nm process, but recent reports claim Nvidia will opt for Samsung’s 8nm process instead. This is according to renowned leaker @kopite7kimi, but it’s still worth retaining a bit of scepticism for now.

New reports from memory manufacturer Micro (as spotted by VideoCardz) and renowned leaker @_rogame suggest Nvidia Ampere graphics cards will feature GDDR6X video memory ranging up to a whopping 24GB which could potentially deliver over 1TB of memory bandwidth.

The below table (provided by Wccftech) shows the potential memory specifications of the Ampere graphics cards, with the existing Turing counterparts also included for comparison.

VRAM Memory Clock Memory Bus Bandwidth
RTX 3090 24GB GDDR6X 19 – 21 Gbps 384-bit 912 – 1024 GB/s
RTX 3080 10/20GB GDDR6X 19 – 21 Gbps 320-bit 760 – 840 GB/s
RTX 3070 8/16GB GDDR6X 19 – 21 Gbps 256-bit 608 – 672 GB/s
RTX 3060 6/12GB GDDR6X 19 – 21 Gbps 192-bit 456 – 506 GB/s
RTX 2080 Ti 11GB GDDR6  14 Gbps 352-bit 616 GB/s
RTX 2080 Super 8GB GDDR6 15.5 Gbps 256-bit 496 GB/s
RTX 2070 Super 8GB GDDR6 14 Gbps 256-bit 448 GB/s
RTX 2060 8GB GDDR6 14 Gbps 256-bit 448

New reports from FCPowerUp also suggest the new Ampere graphics cards will use a 12-pin power connector in order to meet the the power demands of high-end GPUs. This could potentially (although not confirmed) have the knock on effect of forcing Ampere owners to buy a new PSU, which won’t be a popular design choice given the expected high price of the RTX 3080 Ti. We do at least expect the RTX 3090 to have a mammoth power draw, especially after seeing the supposed leaked photos.

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Nvidia Ampere performance

A 3DMark Time Spy benchmark leak suggests an unnamed Nvidia Ampere GPU is 30.98% more powerful than the Founders Edition RTX 2080 Ti. That’s a sizeable performance jump, and should help big budget AAA games perform better for 4K gaming.

It’s also very likely Nvidia will make a big push with ray tracing. It’s no secret that Nvidia is investing a lot of time and money into the technology, and with AMD, PlayStation and Xbox all confirmed to be launching their own ray tracing-capable hardware in the coming months, it’s expected Nvidia will ensure it remains the front runner in such advancements.

Wccftech reports that, “Ampere’s ray tracing cores will be faster, more power efficient and Ampere GPUs will have more of them as compared to Turing.” 

It remains to be seen whether Ampere will actually improve the ray tracing visuals, or simply enhance the frame rate performance when the technology is activated. But with an increasing number of upcoming games confirming support for ray tracing, Nvidia already has a greater platform for success than it did with its Turing GPUs. 

Nvidia Ampere design

New ‘leaked’ photos, courtesy of Twitter user @GarnetSunset, has potentially given us our first look at the Nvidia RTX 3090. Since the leaker has no previous track record of leaking graphics card information, it’s difficult to establish whether these photos are legitimate, although they do certainly look authentic.

The first thing to note is that the RTX 3090 looks to be an absolutely massive graphics card, making the RTX 2080. There has been suggestion on Twitter that the photo has been doctored in Photoshop to make the RTX 3090 look slightly bigger than it actually is, but that doesn’t change the fact that this looks to be a whopper of a graphics card.

If the RTX 3090 is a 3-slot graphics card and is as big as the photo suggests, then you’ll likely need a largish PC case with plenty of airflow to accommodate the GPU. Rumours also suggest it will have a very large power draw, which comes as no surprise.

We don’t expect the rest of the RTX 3000 family to be this large, but it’s likely they will retain the same uniform design, like Nvidia did with the Turing RTX generation. Third-party graphics cards will also look very different, and are also said to lack the 12-pin connector that will supposedly feature on the Founder Edition units.

The photos also show the RTX 3090 to have a dual-fan setup that, unlike the Turing generation, are positioned back to back. We’re not sure if this will improve heat dissipation, but we reckon it at least results in a cool, eye-catching design.

For more details on the upcoming Nvidia Ampere graphics card, keep this page bookmarked and make sure to visit Trusted Reviews on 1 September for Nvidia’s official showcase.

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