Earlier today, Nvidia revealed its Ampere GeForce cards, led by the RTX 3080 and accompanied by the Titan replacement RTX 3090 and the RTX 3070. All three of these graphics cards are bringing significant generational enhancements over the 2018 Turing lineup, without another price increase like we saw last time around.
And, while it’s absolutely amazing seeing the guarantee of much-enhanced efficiency, it is very important to keep in mind that Nvidia isn’t the only company that’s going to be releasing brand-new graphics cards this fall –– AMD Big Navi is coming soon, too.
Beyond claims made on behalf of the PS5 and Xbox Series X –– that those consoles will do 4K 60 fps gameplay with ray tracing –– we don’t actually understand what RDNA will be capable of, or where exactly it will be completed within this brand-new Nvidia lineup –– but you should still wait to see the hand AMD needs to play prior to you jump in.
AMD RDNA 2 could also slap
The GPUs in the PS5 and Xbox Series X is extremely excellent.
For a console.
It is kind of ludicrous to believe that the GPUs being consisted of in the consoles are not going to be reduced versions of whatever ends up in real AMD graphics cards, in order to fit the cooling and power requirements that a console has. Consider it –– there’s no way that Microsoft and Sony are going to be packing a 750W+ power supply in a console, so we’re going to get way less powerful GPU.
The actual graphics cards that come out of RDNA 2 will likely be way more powerful than what ends up going into the video gaming consoles. AMD has currently said that it’s going to be competing with Nvidia at the high-end –– maybe not as high end as the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 –– so it’s very possible that whatever top-end graphics card AMD launches will actually put some pressure on Nvidia.
If AMD can release a graphics cards that deals with the RTX 3080 at 4K, and even outshines it at the exact same rate, anyone who purchases an RTX 3080 might feel a little burned.
It’s also essential to note that AMD didn’t knock Intel out in the CPU race immediately, either. The first generation of Ryzen was outstanding but didn’t really threaten Intel excessive –– similar to the launch of the AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT in July 2019.
Nevertheless, if AMD takes the same approach with RDNA that it made with Zen, this generation we could see AMD really start to strike Nvidia difficult –– though it does stay to be seen. Nvidia isn’t Intel, after all, and it appears like Ampere is the greatest jump in GPU performance in years, something that can’t really be stated about, says, Coffee Lake.
Just three Nvidia cards to start
At its GeForce Unique Occasion, Nvidia only had three cards to reveal, and while it’s likely that those will be the only Nvidia cards we get this year, the gaps in performance and rate in between the 3 are quite big. Nvidia is claiming that the GeForce RTX 3070 is slightly faster than the RTX 2080 Ti, whereas the RTX 3080 is apparently almost twice as quick as the RTX 2080 –– that’s a substantial gap in efficiency and is clearly open for Nvidia to move in another graphics card.
Now, for the sake of argument let’s state that AMD releases a card that comes close to beating the RTX 3080 at the same cost point. We already saw a Lenovo leak a bit back that revealed an RTX 3070 Ti with 16GB of VRAM that was notably missing from Nvidia’s showcase.
It is necessary to bear in mind that graphics card lineups never all come out at the same time. While the RTX 2080 Ti, RTX 2080 and RTX 2070 all got revealed and released at the very same time at Gamescom 2018, we didn’t see the RTX 2060 till CES 2019, which was then followed up by the GTX 1660 Ti, GTX 1660 and GTX 1650. And then, we got yet another refresh in the middle of 2019 with the Super cards.
With its RTX 30 series, Nvidia likely has an entire cavalcade of graphics cards, that it can likely introduce whenever.
If AMD undercuts one of the RTX 30 series cards without definitely dominating it, Nvidia can quickly launch a new GPU that can simply take AMD’s thunder. Specifically, if you have your eyes on the RTX 3070 – –—- it’s extremely sensible to wait for AMD to show its hand. If Nvidia is going to respond to any of AMD’s launches, this is the card that will be most considerably impacted.
Even if you’re a die-hard Nvidia patriot, waiting a couple of months before adopting a brand-new generation of graphics card is just an excellent concept. Over the course of the very first few months of this generation of graphics cards, both AMD and Nvidia will have a lot of kinks to work out through chauffeur and firmware updates.
It’s not like your graphics card is going to blow up or anything prior to the drivers develop, however, you might get deteriorated performance and game crash out of no place –– on top of some possible visual problems.
But beyond that, we will enter into among the most competitive graphics card fights in years, and till AMD shows its hand, we can’t really proclaim Nvidia as the victor yet.
And even if Nvidia does win, getting a graphics card a few months down the line when availability supports after the early adoption rush and drivers have an opportunity to grow is just an excellent idea –– mashing F5 on Newegg or Nvidia’s shop page is never enjoyable, and with the reception Nvidia’s announcement had, you can wager that these graphics cards are going to offer out fast.