The Nvidia Geforce RTX 3080 follows in the footsteps of the RTX 2080, a card that brought ray tracing to consumer graphics for the first time. And, while that implementation has been a mixed bag – to say the least, this upcoming generation is going to go a long way towards cementing the technology in mainstream gaming, alongside the next-generation game consoles like the PS5 and Xbox One, which will also use the tech.
As such, there is tremendous pressure on Nvidia to deliver an increase to performance when it comes to ray tracing, but also to traditional rasterization performance, which didn’t see too much of an uplift when moving from the Pascal 10-series to the Turing 20-series.
Today, we expect Nvidia to kick off this generation with three graphics cards – though that’s not set in stone – the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 (or 3080 Ti), RTX 3080 and RTX 3070, if the lineup is similar to what Team Green announced at Gamescom 2018.
Nvidia GeForce Special Event live blog
All times in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)
12:10pm: Nvidia Omniverse Machinima is an RTX-powered app that will help creators make content out of their favorite games. I am definitely not talented enough to do anything with this, but can’t wait to see what other people do with it.
12:07pm: I really love RTX voice, and it looks like Nvidia is creating a whole suite of technology like this, now called Nvidia Broadcast. You can even use your GPU to give yourself a virtual green screen. Nvidia is demoing this with game streaming, but I’ll definitely be using it in meetings when I’m too lazy to clean my room.
12:05pm: Nvidia is talking about Nvidia Reflex, which should boost esports play by reducing graphics latency. Something that AMD beat Team Green to, but we’re happy this kind of technology is available in different cards. We’re also getting new GSync displays with a 360Hz refresh rate. Esports folks are definitely getting some juicy tech this generation. Alienware, Acer and others will all have these new panels.
12:04pm: Fortnite is getting ray traced shadows, reflections, ambient occlusion and DLSS 2.0, which means one of the biggest games in the world will have #RTXOn.
12:02pm: We’re live from Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang’s kitchen, and he’s telling us about an “amazing GPU”. Hopefully it’s more than one…
12:01pm: We’re live, and Nvidia is doing exactly what it was doing with its Twitter account over the last month: giving us a montage of the last couple of decades of PC gaming. Some of my favorite games are here, most of which have actually been played on Nvidia graphics cards.
12:00pm: Here we go! If you want to watch along we have a convenient little guide right here. Here’s to hoping Nvidia doesn’t double the prices of graphics cards again.
11:45am: Ok people, we got 15 minutes until Nvidia goes live! Let’s get ready to see what the future of Nvidia RTX looks like, and whether or not we’ll really be living a ray traced future.
11:30am: T-minus 30 minutes until the event kicks off in earnest. Now that we’re in a post-pandemic world with no live audience, I’m wondering just how fast the event is going to be (read, dreading). Still, interested to see how a new graphics card launch will look like on the eve of a gaming console generation launch. With the PS5 and Xbox Series X just a couple months off, these new cards have to be very impressive.
11:00am: We have heard so many rumors about Nvidia GeForce RTX 30 series, that really I’m just excited for the actual news to come out so we can be done with speculation (for now). Will the RTX 3070 have GDDR6 memory instead of GDDR6X? Will the RTX 3090 be twice as fast as the 2080 Ti? Who knows? Are both true? Are neither? My money’s on the latter. Either way, both of us TechRadar computing editors are ready for the launch.
im officiallly ready for the nvidia geforce event later today pic.twitter.com/MSIHSnUQNASeptember 1, 2020
Looking forward to the Nvidia launch later! Time to retire my RTX Titan? (no) pic.twitter.com/7eLviJkNcSSeptember 1, 2020
10:10 am: We’re online and ready for Nvidia’s stream to kick off. We’ve got some Nvidia RTX cards on hand to say goodbye to as the new cards arrive, and some coffee to get us ready for what’s surely going to be a chaotic event.