NVIDIA’s Next-Generation Ampere Based GPU Specifications, Features Leak – 20GB GeForce RTX 3080 And 16GB GeForce RTX 3070

NVIDIA’s big jump from its well-received Turing Architecture to the Ampere Architecture is set to welcome some serious and high-end Graphics Cards, indicates a series of leaks. Multiple reports appear to corroborate a couple of new NVIDIA’s next-generation Ampere-based Graphics Cards, notably, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070.

Several core specifications and features of the next-gen Ampere-based NVIDIA GPUs strongly indicate the company is strictly catering to the high-end professionals and hardcore gamers market. The alleged details about the premium NVIDIA’s graphics cards appear to be simultaneously released by multiple agencies, lending high credence to the same.

NVIDIA Ampere-Based 20GB GeForce RTX 3080 Specifications, Features:

According to multiple reports that seem to correlate with each other, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 would be the successor to the GeForce RTX 2080. The GPU would pack a total of 60 SMs with 64 CUDA cores each. A simple match indicates a total of 3840 CUDA cores, which is a big leap over the RTX 2080’s CUDA core count which was set at 3072. Add the fact that NVIDIA’s Ampere Architecture has evolved onto the 7nm, and the clock speeds would be truly high.

Speaking about memory, the top-end variant of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 would feature up to 20GB of GDDR6 memory, and benefit from the 320-bit bus interface. Since there’s a possibility of memory costs escalating in the near future, NVIDIA might just release a 10GB variant of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 to keep the prices in check.

Even with 10GB of GDDR6 memory, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 would be much better than the previous generation GeForce RTX 2080. With an assumed 16 Gbps modules on the upcoming RTX 3080, these cards would have a highly impressive 640 GB/s bandwidth as against the 496 GB/s of the RTX 2080 SUPER which currently sports 15.5 Gbps memory working on a 256-bit bus interface.

NVIDIA Ampere-Based 16GB GeForce RTX 3070 Specifications, Features:

The second rumored offering from NVIDIA on the next-gen Ampere Architecture would be the 16GB GeForce RTX 3070. This GPU would succeed the TU106 based GeForce RTX 2070 and is reported to feature the same CUDA core count as the current-generation RTX 2080. The GPU would pack a total of 48 streaming multiprocessor units.

Featuring the current-generation 256-bit bus, the GeForce RTX 3070 could sell in two memory configurations. Depending on GDDR6 RAM module availability, the next-gen Graphics Cards from NVIDIA could come in 8GB and 16GB variants.

NVIDIA Ampere-based GPUs To Feature Better Rasterization, Shader Performance, and Ultra-Realistic Ray Tracing:

NVIDIA’s Turing Architecture was the first generation to feature Ray Tracing, and it is quite obvious that the Ampere Architecture would take it much further. The next-gen NVIDIA GPUs could easily offer more ray-tracing hardware onboard in the form of RT and Tensor cores. The most beneficial aspect of the Ampere Architecture is the full-fledged support for the PCIe 4.0 as well as the NVLINK feature.

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Although the specifications and features of the upcoming NVIDIA cards are interesting, they reveal how the company is now playing the marketing game. Both the cards are cleverly held back slightly to make a lot of room for the top-end GeForce RTX 3080 Ti variant. Traditionally, the company has had to pack a lot in these cards to make a strong argument for the jump in premium pricing. However, NVIDIA shouldn’t have much problem convincing serious multimedia professionals and gamers to buy the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti variant.

Although the specifications and features of the NVIDIA Ampere-Based 20GB GeForce RTX 3080 could turn out to be accurate, there’s no concrete information about the availability and pricing. According to persistent rumors, NVIDIA is expected to launch the next-gen Ampere-based GPUs at their annual GTC 2020 conference in March, and perhaps offer some hint about the expected pricing as well.


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