The new RTX 30 Series have been smashing the high-end RTX 2080Ti in benchmarks, it’s clear there’s a huge jump in performance!
The ray-tracing technology introduced with the RTX 20 Series was a game-changer, allowing for lifelike lighting, improved detail and a huge boost in performance.
The flagship RTX 3080 offers 2x the performance compared to the RTX 2080, and some sources claim it’s even more powerful than the high-end RTX 2080Ti too.
The GeForce RTX 3080 was released in September 2020 with the RTX 3090 following a week later, then the RTX 3070 in October.
In December 2020 Nvidia released the RTX 3060 Ti, the standard 3060 wan’t released until the first quarter of 2021.
How much should the RTX 30 Series cost?
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 – £299
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti – £369
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 – £469
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 – £649
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 – £1399
In reality these prices have been impacted by the global chip shortage and still not fully back to a normal supply level.
The RTX 3090 and RTX 3080 have GDDR6X graphics memory which offers a 2x improvement compared to the standard GDDR6 graphics memory, with Nvidia claiming the tech will revolutionise load times and the complexity of next-gen games that take advantage of it. There’s 10GB of GDDR6X memory available as standard with the RTX 3080.
The new cooling system works with the fans of the PC case to help keep the graphics card cool. It’ll draw cool air in from the bottom of the case and expel hot air near the top, where most outlet fans are found. There are two sets of independently controlled fans, but despite the increased airflow, the RTX 3080 is 3x quieter than the RTX 2080 Ti while managing to keep the GPU 20 degrees cooler too.
If you don’t need that level of power, the RTX 3070 may be of more interest. It offers the same design as the 3080, and sports the same GDDR6X graphics memory too, although it’s capped at 8GB. That being said, the RTX 3070 still performs better than the RTX 2080 Ti, offering a significant upgrade for most gamers at a cheaper cost.