Nvidia’s Ultimate Countdown Live Feed: Ampere GPU Release Date

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Nvidia finally unveils details on the RTX 3090, RTX 3080, and RTX 3070 - including release dates, specifications, and comparisons on last year's Turing architecture. Buckle in for some new GPUs folks - it's time to upgrade!

Nvidia has been making a lot of noise about the release of their latest RTX 3000 series GPUs - boasting another huge step forward in graphics technology. Well, after months of anticipation, Nvidia is finally set to announce key specifications of their ampere based GPUs later this evening via a live event hosted by CEO Jensen Huang himself.

The event will likely see Huang releasing details that surround some of the most anticipated hardware of the year, the RTX 3070, 3080, and 3090 GPUs. We'll be covering all the major announcements from the event in this guide, with live, minute by minute updates, ensuring you don't miss any crucial information.

Nvidia Ultimate Countdown: Summary

If you're far to busy to keep up to date with all the latest information on Nvidias new Ampere GPUs, fear not, we've summarized the entire event for your ease.

  • Nvidia 3090 release date set for September 24th
  • Nvidia 3080 release date set for September 17th
  • Nvidia 3070 release date set for October 
  • Nvidia RTX 3080 twice the performance of the Nvidia RTX 2080
  • Nvidia RTX 3070 offers better performance than the Nvidia RTX 2080Ti
  • Nvidia RTX 3090 is the world's first 8K gaming GPU - RTXON with DLSS 2.0 8K
  • Nvidia RTX 3090 offers 24GB of GDDR6X VRAM
  • Nvidia RTX 3080 has 10GB of GDDR6X VRAM

The Ultimate Countdown Live Feed


17:39: So, there you have it, Jensen closes things out by telling us now is the time for upgrading our hardware. We got a glimpse of the RTX 3090, RTX 3080, and RTX 3070. The 3080 will most likely be the go-to card when it comes to 4K gaming, offering what I feel is the best value for money out of the three. The 3090 offers gamers an outlet for 8K gaming, but you will have to fork out a staggering $1,499 for the new Ampere BFGPU. Whilst these stats look extremely good for Nvidia fans, AMD advocates will most likely want to wait to see what RNDA 2 has to offer before making a final decision.

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17:36: Nvidia is calling the RTX 3090 the greatest generational jump ever! However, with a price tag as eyewatering as $1,499, it'll be hard to justify for many individuals. That said, if you require this level of performance, there isn't anything out there that can compete. 

17:35: The RTX 3090 is absolutely huge, it'll take up three expansion slots and is being called the "BFGPU" - boasting a drop in temperature of 30 degrees over the titan RTX!

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17:35: The GeForce RTX 3090 gets unveiled from Jensen's oven - literally. The huge graphics card looks incredible and offers up RTX on DLSS 8k, 8K HDR display, and a tonne of other specifications to come. 

17:34: The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 will be faster than the 2080Ti - their last generation flagship GPU. It starts at roughly $499 and showcases fantastic value for money. This is something I am looking forward to benchmarking immensely!

17:33: We get to see a new Call Of Duty: Black OPS Cold War Trailer - utilizing the RTX ampere architecture

17:33: Nvidia announce the release date of the RTX 3080. It'll be hitting shelves on September 17 and will start at $699!

17:27: The New GeForce RTX 3080 is the new flagship GPU from Nvidia. It offers GDDR6X memory, 3rd Gen Tensor Cores, and 2nd gen RT Cores. The ugly shroud of the RTX 20 series is gone and redesigned with a grill-style aesthetic that is extremely attractive. It will be 3x quieter than the previous generation flagship and can cool 90W more than the Turing Founder Edition.

17:27: A new thermal design, push and pull fans, new G6X Signaling.

Amper GPU

17:26: The first look at the latest flagship Ampere GPU - the RTX 3080!

17:25: We get to view the latest Cyberpunk 2077 trailer

17:24: Jensen announces RTX IO - saying vast worlds will load instantly, a huge leap forward for gaming.

17:20: We get a glimpse of Ampere running Marbles for the first time. It's running in 1440p at 30FPS - 4 times as good as the Turing architecture and looks stunning.

Marble Graphic

17:17 Jensen takes a closer look at the difference between Turing architecture vs Ampere. The new Nvidia Ampere Tensor cores should deliver 3x the performance of Turing Tensor cores and almost 2x the RT performance - wow. The RTX Ampere will have 28billion transistors, making the new GPUs pretty damn big, to say the least.

17:15: Jensen goes through more detail on how DLSS 2.0 will affect in-game graphics. Imagery will be sharper and shouldn't affect performance a great deal.

17:10: Nvidia Omniverse Machinima is a content application that will allow you to create RTX content from their favorite titles. Slightly outside of my comfort zone, but will be interesting to see what comes off the back of this!

17:07: It seems Nvidia is creating a whole suite of technology to accompany their new range of GPUs, simply known as Nvidia Broadcast


17:05: Nvidia is explaining Nvidia Reflex, a technology that should boost esports play by reducing graphics latency. Big news for esports gamers around the globe...

17:04: Fortnite is getting ray tracing shadows, reflections, ambient occlusion, and DLSS 2.0 - making one of the biggest games in the world RTX ready

17:03: Live from Jensen Huang's kitchen, he talks about "amazing GPUs" which are about to arrive...

17:03: We are finally live!

Nvidia ultimate countdown

16:52: Are we really going to retire the racing simulator's RTX 2080Ti? Probably not. Eagerly awaiting the start of Nvidia's live event