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GeForce 30 series
RTX 3090 Founders Edition!.jpg
GeForce RTX 3090 Founders Edition
Release dateSeptember 17, 2020; 12 months ago (2020-09-17)
CodenameGA10x
ArchitectureAmpere
ModelsGeForce RTX series
Transistors
  • 13.3B (GA106)
  • 17.4B (GA104)
  • 28.3B (GA102)
Fabrication processSamsung 8 nm
Cards
Mid-rangeGeForce RTX 3060
GeForce RTX 3060 Ti
High-endGeForce RTX 3070
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti
GeForce RTX 3080
EnthusiastGeForce RTX 3080 Ti
GeForce RTX 3090
API support
Direct3DDirect3D 12.0 Ultimate (feature level 12_2)
OpenCLOpenCL 3.0
OpenGLOpenGL 4.6
VulkanVulkan 1.2
History
Predecessor
SuccessorN/A

The GeForce 30 series is a family of graphics processing units developed by Nvidia, succeeding the GeForce 20 series. The series was announced on September 1, 2020, and started shipping on September 17, 2020.[1][2] The cards are based on the Ampere architecture and feature hardware-accelerated raytracing (RTX) with Nvidia's second-generation RT cores and third-generation Tensor Cores.[3] The lineup is designed to compete with AMD's Radeon RX 6000 series of cards.

Release and availability issues[edit]

Launch day for the RTX 3080 was September 17, 2020.[4] The lack of pre-order functionality and high demand exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, and boost in popularity of cryptomining, resulted in a large number of online retailers struggling with the sheer number of purchases.[4][5] Newegg had completely sold out as expected on Black Friday. Long lines formed outside physical stores with stock, such as Micro Center in the United States,[6] and Dospara [ja] in Japan.[7] Twitter users reported that they used bots to buy large numbers of cards to resell for higher prices.[8]

Nvidia released a statement the following day, apologizing for the difficulties with their online store, which went down on launch day due to high traffic.[9] On October 2, Nvidia announced that it would delay the release of RTX 3070 cards by two weeks to guarantee availability.[10] On October 5, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang announced delays due to supply shortages, which were expected to go on until 2021.[11] On October 9, the company announced that all Founder's Edition graphic cards in the United States would temporarily be sold via Best Buy, while the official web store would be upgraded to improve the shopping experience.[12][13][14] In early December, Nvidia blamed continued component shortages on Samsung wafer shortages, resulting in chip shortages, among other factors.[15]

Shortages of RTX 30 series cards continue into 2021.[16] In an effort to limit purchases by cryptominers, Nvidia announced in February that the RTX 3060 cards would be able to detect algorithms for mining of the Ethereum cryptocurrency and halve the hash rate.[17] Shortly after release, NVIDIA accidentally released a driver update which disabled the detection.[18] In March, TechRadar reported that the shortages could continue until the third quarter of the year, in part blaming a global GDDR6 memory shortage and the cards' supply being bought out by cryptominers.[19] In April, Hong Kong Customs and Excise seized 300 non-video CMP cards.[20]

Nvidia officially announced new RTX 3080, RTX 3070, RTX 3060 Ti LHR SKUs on May 18, 2021.[21]

Nvidia released the RTX 3080 Ti on June 3, and the RTX 3070 Ti one week later, on June 10. Both included the cryptocurrency mining hash rate limiter.[22]

There have been multiple attempts to meet with demand. EVGA has a system designed to put people into a queue, the goal is to prevent cards from selling out quickly and decreasing wait time.[23]

Details[edit]

Architectural improvements of the Ampere architecture include the following:

  • CUDA Compute Capability 8.6[24]
  • Samsung 8 nm
  • Doubled FP32 performance per SM on Ampere GPUs
  • Third-generation Tensor Cores with FP16, bfloat16, TensorFloat-32 (TF32) and sparsity acceleration
  • Second-generation Ray Tracing Cores, plus concurrent ray tracing and shading and compute
  • GDDR6X memory support (RTX 3080, RTX 3080 Ti and RTX 3090)
  • PCI Express 4.0
  • NVLink 3.0 (RTX 3090)
  • HDMI 2.1 with full 48Gbps bandwidth[25]
  • PureVideo Feature Set K hardware video decoding with AV1 hardware decoding[26]

GeForce 30 (30xx) series[edit]

Only the RTX 3090 supports 2-way NVLink.

All the RTX 30 GPUs are made using the 8nm Samsung node.[27]

Model Launch Launch Price Code name(s) Transistors (billion) Die size
(mm2)
Core config[a] SM
count[b]
L2 cache
(MB)
Clock speeds Fillrate Memory Processing power (GFLOPS) Ray tracing performance TDP

in watts

Base core clock (MHz) Boost core clock (MHz) Memory (MT/s) Pixel
(GP/s)[c]
Texture
(GT/s)[d]
Size (GB) Bandwidth (GB/s) Type Bus width (bit) Single precision (boost) Double precision (boost) Half precision (boost) Rays/s
(billions)
RTX-OPS
(trillions)
Tensor FLOPS
(trillions)
GeForce RTX 3060[28] February 25, 2021 $329 GA106-300-A1
GA106-302-A1
13.3 276.0 3584

112:48:28:112

28 2.3 1320 1777 15000 63.4

(85.3)

147.8 (199.0) 12 360 GDDR6 192 9462

(12738)

148

(199)

9462

(12738)

51.2[29] 170
GeForce RTX 3060 Ti[30] December 2, 2020 $399 GA104-200-A1
GA104-202-A1
17.4 392.5[31] 4864

152:80:38:152

38 4 1410 1665 14000 112.8 (133.2) 214.3 (253.1) 8 448 256 13716

(16197)

214

(253)

13716

(16197)

64.8[29] 200
GeForce RTX 3070[32] October 29, 2020[10] $499 GA104-300-A1
GA104-302-A1
5888

184:96:46:184

46 1500 1725 144.0 (165.6)[33] 276

(317.4)

17664

(20314)

276

(317.4)

17664

(20314)

81.3[29] 220
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti[32] June 10, 2021 $599 GA104-400-A1 6144

192:96:48:192

48 1580 1770 9500 (19000) [e][34] (169.9) (339.8) 608 GDDR6X (21700) (339.8) (21700) 87[35] 290
GeForce RTX 3080[36] September 17, 2020 $699 GA102-200-K1-A1
GA102-202-K1-A1
28.3 628.4[29][37] 8704

272:96:68:272

68 5 1440 1710 138.2 (164.2)[34] 391.7 (465.1)[34] 10 760 320 25068

(29768)

392

(465)

25068

(29768)

119[29] 320
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti[36] June 3, 2021 $1199 GA102-225 10240

320:112:80:320

80 6 1365 1665 (186.5) (532.8) 12 912 384 (34100) (532.8) (34100) 136 [35] 350
GeForce RTX 3090[38] September 24, 2020 $1499 GA102-300-A1 10496

328:112:82:328

82 1395 1695 9750 (19500)[e][34] 156.2 (189.8)[34] 457.6 (556.0)[34] 24 936 29284

(35581)

458

(556)

29284

(35581)

142[29]
  1. ^ Shader Processors : Texture mapping units : Render output units : Ray tracing cores : Tensor Cores
  2. ^ The number of Streaming multi-processors on the GPU.
  3. ^ Pixel fillrate is calculated as the lowest of three numbers: number of ROPs multiplied by the base core clock speed, number of rasterizers multiplied by the number of fragments they can generate per rasterizer multiplied by the base core clock speed, and the number of streaming multiprocessors multiplied by the number of fragments per clock that they can output multiplied by the base clock rate.
  4. ^ Texture fillrate is calculated as the number of TMUs multiplied by the base core clock speed.
  5. ^ a b Cards with GDDR6X send two bits per transfer. Equivalent transfer rate to GDDR6 in brackets used for comparing bit rate. The transfer rate should not be confused with the bit rate.

GeForce 30 (30xx) series for notebooks[edit]

Model Launch Code name(s) Process (nm) Transistors (billion) Die size
(mm2)
Core config SM
count
L2 cache
(MB)
Clock speeds Fillrate Memory Processing power (TFLOPS) Ray tracing performance TDP (watts)
Base core clock (MHz) Boost core clock (MHz) Memory (MT/s) Pixel
(GP/s)
Texture
(GT/s)
Size (GB) Bandwidth (GB/s) Type Bus width (bit) Single precision (boost) Double precision (boost) Half precision (boost) Rays/s
(billions)
RTX-OPS
(trillions)
Tensor FLOPS
(trillions)
GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop[39] May 11, 2021 GA107 Samsung 8N ? ? 2048:64:40:64:16

(16) (3)

16 2 713-1530 1057-1740 12000

14000

? ? 4 224 GDDR6 128 ? 60 96 2.92-6.27

4.33-7.13

0.016-0.098

0.068-0.111

2.92-6.27

4.33-7.13

35-80
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop[39] GA107 2560:80:48:80:20

(20) (3)

20 735-1463 1035-1695 ? ? 4 ? 71.28 118.8 3.76-7.49

5.30-8.68

0.059-0.117

0.083-0.136

3.76-7.49

5.30-8.68

35-80
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop[39] February 25, 2021 GA106 13.25 276 3840:120:48:120:30

(30) (3)

30 3 900-1387 1283-1703 ? ? 6 336 192 ? 68.4 171.0 6.91-10.65

9.85-13.08

0.108-0.166

0.154-0.204

6.91-10.65

9.85-13.08

60-115
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop[39] January 12, 2021 GA104-770-A1 17.4 392 5120:160:80:160:40

(40) (6)

40 4 1110-1215 1290-1620 ? ? 8/16 448 256 ? 124.8 249.6 11.37-12.44

13.21-16.59

0.178-0.194

0.206-0.259

11.37-12.44

13.21-16.59

80-125
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop[39] GA104-775-A1 6144:192:96:192:48

(48) (6)

48 1110-1350 1245-1710 ? 148.3 296.6 13.64-16.59

15.30-21.01

0.213-0.259

0.239-0.328

13.64-16.59

15.30-21.01

80-150+

Controversies[edit]

Due to low stock and high demand, there have been many complaints about Nvidia's attitude. Hardware Unboxed has received emails from Nvidia about his reviews not focusing on "RTX and DLSS.".[40] Due to Nvidia's actions, communities have complained about Nvidia's behavior. (Note: Nvidia has revoked the ban).[41]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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