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NVIDIA's flagship GeForce RTX 3090 is already boss, and that was before Galax kicked things up a notch by slapping an LCD display and crown on top of the thing. But hey, why stop there? For spits and giggles, someone thought to flash the card with a 1,000W BIOS, without swapping the custom three-fan air cooler for a liquid or LN2 solution. So, how did it go? Well, it did not go up in flames or otherwise get destroyed, if that is what you are wondering. Nor should it—what flashing to a 1,000W BIOS basically accomplishes is to remove the power limit ceiling, so that the card can maintain a boost clockspeed for a longer period of time. It can also facilitate higher and more stable overclocks,... Read more...
Over the past few months, we've heard many rumors surrounding the alleged GeForce RTX 3080 Ti. This is NVIDIA's next high-end graphics card that will reportedly fit in between the existing GeForce RTX 3080 and the GeForce RTX 3090. When we last visited GeForce RTX 3080 Ti rumors, it was alleged that the card would have 20GB of GDDR6x memory and 10,496 CUDA cores with base/boost clocks of 1396MHz and 1695MHz, respectively. Hardware leaker kopite7kimi is now claiming that the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti will instead have just 10,240 CUDA cores (compared to 8,704 CUDA cores for the standard GeForce RTX 3080). kopite7kimi is also alleging that the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti will feature 12GB of 19Gbps... Read more...
NVIDIA is launching its latest Ampere-based GPU today, targeting the sweet-spot of the PC gaming market, the GeForce RTX 3060. The GeForce RTX 3060 was announced post-CES 2021, all the way back in mid-January, but cards are going on sale today. In addition to the relatively early initial reveal, NVIDIA is doing a few other things a bit differently with this launch. For one, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention last week’s announcements regarding specialized CMP HX mining GPUs and the GeForce RTX 3060’s intentionally gimped mining hash rash rate, when it comes to the Ethereum algo at least. On top of those two things, which have been the source of much debate, NVIDIA has... Read more...
In just a few more days, NVIDIA will release its most affordable graphics card based on Ampere yet, that being the GeForce RTX 3060 (not to be confused with the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti). And as you might expect, retailers are ready to go. Or at least one of them is, with pictures showing multiple retail boxes from various different brands stuffed onto metal racks. These are all custom models from NVIDIA's add-in board (AIB) partners, including ASUS, MSI, and Zotac. The pictures highlight five different models in all, with what appears to be dozens of retail cards ready to be sold to the public when the launch date—Wednesday, February 25—rolls around. The folks at Coreteks posted several... Read more...
Late last week, NVIDIA confirmed the GeForce RTX 3060 will launch on February 25th. However, at the time, the company didn't provide us with any additional concrete details on specifications for the new entry-level GPU.  The company only let us know that the GeForce RTX 3060 would be capable of 13 shader TFLOPs, 25 RT-TFLOPS, 101 Tensor-TFLOPs and that it would have 12GB of GDDR6. NVIDIA is now ready to spill the beans on more specs for the GeForce RTX 3060, so we have a better idea of how it stacks up to the more expensive GeForce RTX 3060 Ti. We now know that the GeForce RTX 3060 will have just 3584 CUDA Cores compared to 4864 for its Ti counterpart. The GeForce RTX 3060 has... Read more...
Earlier this week, we got wind of a rumor that NVIDIA's entry-level GeForce RTX 3060 would be launching on February 25th. Yesterday, however, NVIDIA confirmed the February 25th launch date in a statement to AnandTech, which means that cards will likely go on sale at 9am EST that morning. NVIDIA first announced the GeForce RTX 3060 last month at CES 2021, and it will slot in under the already launched GeForce RTX 3060 Ti. While the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti is priced at $399, the new GeForce RTX 3060 comes in at a more affordable $329 price point. Looking at NVIDIA's complete GeForce RTX 30 desktop Ampere lineup, here's how the pricing situation stacks up: GeForce RTX 3090:... Read more...
There are certain things you can count on in this world. Like death, taxes, and Tom Brady winning a Super Bowl. It is a short list of certainties, but one more to toss on the pile is more affordable graphics cards based on the latest generation GPU architectures (Ampere and RDNA 2) being in the works. One of those cards is a regular version of the GeForce RTX 3060 (read: non-Ti), announced at CES 2021, and the part is scheduled to launch later this month. Interestingly enough, NVIDIA released the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti before the non-TI variant this round, whereas in the past the more powerful Ti models came out later. NVIDIA is also known for being a bit unpredictable, though, and each generation... Read more...
Between the bots and scalpers, silicon production shortages, and yes, even cryptocurrency mining (again), gamers are having a tough time buying the latest PC and console hardware. As it applies to the latter, Ethereum is on a sharp rise, having quadrupled in value over the past three months. While depressing, it is not too surprising to learn that miners are even employing the latest generation laptops with GeForce RTX 30 series GPUs nestled inside. NVIDIA only recently announced its mobile GeForce RTX 30 series lineup. Laptop makers are busy making new models that pair the latest and greatest from NVIDIA with the newest silicon from AMD (mobile Ryzen 5000 series) and Intel. The prospect of playing... Read more...
Are you in the market for a gaming laptop? If so, ASUS has just done you and other potential laptop buyers a solid by specifying the parameters of the GeForce RTX 30 series GPUs employed in more than two dozen laptop models. This kind of information is important to have, because NVIDIA's hardware partners have a bit of flexibility in how to configure the various Ampere SKUs at their disposal. For example, the mobile variant of the GeForce RTX 3080 sports 6,144 CUDA cores, but the power range can be anywhere from 80W to 150W and even beyond. These directly affect the clockspeed. At the lower end of the TGP scale, the GeForce RTX 3080 runs at 1,245MHz, while higher powered configurations run at... Read more...
NVIDIA's flagship Ampere GPU for consumers is already a beastly card, as we detailed in our GeForce RTX 3090 review. Overclocking can squeeze out even more performance, and taking that notion to the extreme, enthusiasts have been setting frequency and benchmark records by stripping the Galax GeForce RTX 3090 HOF (Hall of Fame) edition and bathing it in liquid nitrogen. Galax's recently released three HOF versions of the GeForce RTX 3090, including the 'regular' HOF edition, an HOF Premium variant, and the top dog, the HOF Limited Edition. All three sport a custom cooler with three cooling fans (102mm on the sides and 92mm in the middle), while the Premium and Limited Edition models up the ante... Read more...
As we have said before, where there is smoke there is usually fire, right? And there has been a fair amount of smoke related to a rumored graphics card joining NVIDIA's latest generation lineup, based on Ampere. That would be the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, essentially a beefed up version of the GeForce RTX 3080, with twice the amount of GDDR6X memory (20GB). Adding to the smoke are some leaked benchmark runs purportedly showcasing the unannounced GPU. It seems like an inevitability that NVIDIA will launch Ti variants of its higher end cards. Oddly enough, in the GeForce RTX 3060 tier, NVIDIA released the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti first, followed by a GeForce RTX 3060 (non-Ti) later, with the regular version... Read more...
NVIDIA unveiled its Ampere-based RTX 30 series mobile GPUs at a special GeForce Event during this year's virtual CES 2021 festivities. A wide range of notebook design wins were also showed off at various events, spanning a variety of form factors. With the GeForce RTX 30 series, NVIDIA is targeting high-performance gaming notebooks in form factors as thin 16mm, even with the flagship GeForce RTX 3080. Thinner, higher-performance form factors aren’t the only features NVIDIA is touting. A number of upcoming notebooks will also be sporting 1440p, ultra-high refresh rate IPS displays. In fact, the test vehicle we were lucky enough to evaluate for this article – an MSI GS66 Stealth... Read more...
Shopping for a gaming laptop might soon require a bit more research than it normally would, because of a supposed change in how NVIDIA intends to promote its third-generation Max-Q technology. The latest Max-Q standard is a big part of Ampere's push into mobile territory, which NVIDIA announced at CES 2021 last week, but upcoming laptops might not explicitly discern between a full-power or lower-power GPU. The way things work now is that OEMs typically attach a Max-Q label on laptops with lower power GPUs inside. These are mostly intended for thin and light designs. A full power GPU tucked inside a slim gaming laptop can run hotter than what the system's cooling potential allows. In light of... Read more...
There are tons of new laptops being announced today, and Acer is of course is getting in on the action. The company has revealed a couple of new products based around AMD's new Ryzen 5000 processors including the Nitro 5, Aspire 7 and the Aspire 5. The Nitro 5 is perhaps the most interesting of the trio, as it is available in both 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch display sizes. With either display choice, you can opt for a 165Hz QHD panel or a 360Hz Full HD panel. Driving those high refresh rate displays is up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Mobile GPU, which packs quite a punch for laptop gamers (base systems will come with a GeForce RTX 3060). On the processor front, the Nitro 5 can be equipped with... Read more...
NVIDIA has released a bevy of GeForce RTX 30-series graphics cards for desktop PCs of the last few months, but gaming notebooks have remained chained to the previous-generation GeForce RTX 20 family. That all changes today, however, as the company just announced new GeForce RTX 30 mobile GPUs based on its latest Ampere GPU architecture. These GPUs should slot into laptops at a variety of price points, so gamers of virtually any budget should find something of interest. Let's dig in... Meet The Mobile GeForce RTX 30 Family The first member of the family is the mobile GeForce RTX 3060. NVIDIA says that the GeForce RTX 3060 will deliver 90 frames per second on the latest games with the highest settings... Read more...
We all knew it was coming, but today, NVIDIA made it official. The company announced the launch of the GeForce RTX 3060, which takes its 8nm Ampere architecture even further down-market. As you might have already guessed, the GeForce RTX 3060 slots in right below the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti, which launched back in early December. Not surprisingly, the major specs line up with what we've previously reported, and one spec is quite interesting. For starters, NVIDIA is claiming 13 shader TFLOPs performance and 12 RT-FLOPs for the GeForce RTX 3060, which is down from 16.2 TFLOPs and 31.6 RT-TFLOPS for the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti.  Where things get interesting is with the amount of memory onboard. Because... Read more...
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is right around the corner, and it is widely expected that NVIDIA will announce its next-gen mobile GPUs based on Ampere, either during the multi-day event or around that time frame. As we get closer to an official announcement, another leak has manifested, and it seemingly confirms the specifications for the upcoming mobile GeForce RTX 3080 Max-Q. We have seen plenty of mobile Ampere leaks and rumors already, and if they are on the nose, the GeForce RTX 3080 Mobile will serve as the flagship GPU for laptops. There will be two main versions—the full-power Max-P variant, and the toned down Max-Q SKU for thinner and lighter laptop designs. It is the latter... Read more...
As if NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 30 family wasn't already growing a bit crowded between announced GPUs and rumored ones in the pipeline, we have a new SKU to add to the table today. According to a new alleged product leak, NVIDIA is poised to launch a GeForce RTX 3060 Ultra. The new leak shows a retail box and for a custom ASUS TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3060 Ultra graphics card (TUF-RTX3060U-O12G-Gaming). According to the box, the GeForce RTX 3060 Ultra will come with 12GB of GDDR6 memory onboard and will have a triple-fan design. WCCFTech, which first discovered the leak, claims that the GeForce RTX 3060 Ultra will be positioned above the already launched GeForce RTX 3060 Ti when... Read more...
Little by little, NVIDIA has been fleshing out its GeForce RTX 30 series on the desktop, even if the cards are rarely in stock. Now standing four SKUs tall, you can bet NVIDIA is not finished adding to the pile. Less expensive Ampere options are on the horizon (currently the cheapest card is the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti, priced at $399), and adding to the deluge of leaks, Lenovo has basically confirmed three more unannounced cards. Before we get to those, let's talk about the current lineup. NVIDIA released the GeForce RTX 3080 on September 17, with a price set at $699. Then a week later on September 24, it released the GeForce RTX 3090 for $1,499. The GeForce RTX 3070 would follow a month later,... Read more...
We know with relative certainty that NVIDIA is preparing to launch a line of mobile GPUs based on Ampere, just as it has already done on the desktop with its GeForce RTX 30 series. I say "relatively certainty" because nothing is official until there is an actual announcement. While we wait, yet another leak points to a GeForce RTX 3070 Mobile GPU. This follows a roundup of specifications for unannounced mobile GPUs that we wrote about yesterday, including regular and Max-Q variants of the GeForce RTX 3080 Mobile, GeForce RTX 3070 Mobile, and GeForce RTX 3060 Mobile. And if prior leaks and rumors are any indication, there will also be a GeForce RTX 3050 Mobile on tap from NVIDIA at some point.... Read more...
Despite the ongoing availability woes for current-generation GPUs, NVIDIA’s board partners continue to march forward with custom GeForce RTX 30-series designs, that are near complete departures from Founders Edition models. Case in point, the MSI GeForce RTX 3080 SUPRIM X we’ll be showing you here today. Although it is built around the same GPU as NVIDIA’s Founders Edition, MSI went in a completely different direction than NVIDIA's design. While the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Founder’s Edition has a relatively small, notched PCB with a small form factor power connector and a traditional 2-slot width, the MSI GeForce RTX 3080 SUPRIM X is over a foot long, over 5”... Read more...
Prior to its official launch, the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti was the subject of a boat load of leaks and rumors. It seemed odd that NVIDIA would launch a Ti version before the regular variant, but sure enough, it happened (check out our GeForce RTX 3060 Ti review if you have not done so already). Since then, the leak and rumor scene has been focusing its attention on two other additions to the GeForce RTX 30 series—the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti and the regular (non-Ti) GeForce RTX 3060. And as such, it appears Gigabyte is the latest to confirm their existence. Regarding the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, it was HP that seemingly spilled the beans earlier this month in a breakdown of one of its drivers, which... Read more...
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