NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080Source: NVIDIA

NVIDIA has unveiled the RTX 30 series, and the new cards deliver incredible gains in performance across the board. The RTX 3090 in particular is the most powerful GPU NVIDIA has launched to date, with the card featuring 24GB of GDDR6X video memory and a staggering 10496 CUDA cores. It will no doubt one day hit our list of the best graphics card picks.

NVIDIA says the RTX 3090 is 50% more powerful than the Titan RTX, and that the card is able to deliver 60fps at 8K. Then there's the RTX 3080, which offers double the level of performance of the RTX 2080 for the same price. The RTX 3070, meanwhile, is 60% more powerful than the RTX 2070. NVIDIA is also rolling out HDMI 2.1, a new thermal solution that's quieter and cools more effectively, and it is introducing a suite of tools designed to optimize FPS gaming.

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Here's a breakdown of the hardware on offer with the RTX 3090, RTX 3080, and RTX 3070:

GeForce RTX 3090 vs. RTX 3080 vs. RTX 3070: Full specs

Category GeForce RTX 3090 GeForce RTX 3080 GeForce RTX 3070
CUDA Cores 10496 8704 5888
Boost Clock 1.70GHz 1.71GHz 1.73GHz
Memory 24GB GDDR6X 10GB GDDR6X 8GB GDDR6
Memory Bus 384-bit 320-bit 256-bit
TFLOPS 36 (Shader)
69 (RT)
285 (Tensor)
30 (Shader)
58 (RT)
238 (Tensor)
20 (Shader)
40 (RT)
163 (Tensor)
PCIe Interface 4.0 x16 4.0 x16 4.0 x16
Display Output HDMI 2.1
3 x DisplayPort 1.4
HDMI 2.1
3 x DisplayPort 1.4
HDMI 2.1
3 x DisplayPort 1.4
TDP 350W 320W 220W
Power Connector 12-pin
Needs two 8-pin connectors
12-pin
Needs two 8-pin connectors
12-pin
Needs two 8-pin connectors
Node 8nm 8nm 8nm
Dimensions 313 x 138mm
3-Slot design
285 x 112mm
2-Slot design
242 x 112mm
2-Slot design
Retail Price $1,499 $699 $499

GeForce RTX 3090 vs. RTX 3080 vs. RTX 3070: Which should you buy?

Looking at what each card has to offer, it's obvious that the RTX 3070 hits the sweet spot if you're in the market for value. The card is ideal for 4K and 1440p gaming, and with the same level of performance as the RTX 2080 Ti, you're getting an incredible bargain for $499. If you're gaming on a GTX 10 series or older card, now is the time to make the switch.

The RTX 3070 hits the sweet spot for gaming.

If you want the best possible card for 4K gaming, the RTX 3080 is the ideal choice. The card slots in at the same $699 price point as the RTX 2080, and you get double the performance. If you're thinking of making the switch to a 4K HDR monitor and want a card that will hold its own for the next three to four years, the RTX 3080 is the one to get.

The RTX 3090 is a beastly card that's not really designed for most consumers. The RTX 3080 is more than adequate for gaming, but if you want the absolute best that NVIDIA has to offer, then the RTX 3090 is the card to get. You are paying a lot here, but you are getting a level of performance that's unheard of in this segment.

The RTX 3090 will be available starting September 24 for $1,499, the RTX 3080 will be up for sale from September 17 for $699, and the RTX 3070 is coming in October. What card are you most interested in picking up? Let us know in the comments below.

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