The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 has just been announced, ushering a new generation of Ampere graphics cards.
While rumors that Nvidia was working on an ultra-powerful RTX 3090 have been swirling for a while now, many people (including us) struggled to believe them. After all, the last time Nvidia released an ‘x90’ GPU was back in 2012 with the Nvidia GeForce GTX 690, which like the GTX 590 it replaced, was a dual-GPU card.
So, we’re happy to be proved wrong, as the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 is official – and it’s a beast. It’s easily the most powerful gaming graphics card Nvidia has ever made, and it will easily blow the PS5 and Xbox Series X out of the water when they are released later this year.
If you’re as excited about the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 as we are, then read on, as we’ve got everything we know so far about the new GPU below, along with all the latest rumors and speculation as well.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? Nvidia’s most powerful gaming graphics card ever
- When is it out? September 24
- How much is it? $1,499 (£1,399, around AU$2,030)
RTX 3090 release date
Wccftech has published rumors that Nvidia will launch three new graphics cards in September, followed by another GPU in October and two more at a later date that has not yet been decided, with the RTX 3090 possibly being released in the second half of September, after the RTX 3080 launch in mid-September.
In fact, those rumors were bang on the money, with the RTX 3090 launch date officially revealed as September 24.
RTX 3090 price
We had been bracing ourselves for a high RTX 3090 price, considering the specs, and while we still don’t know the price of the RTX 3090, rumors have suggested that it could be as high as $2,000/£1,500/AU$2,800.
It wasn’t quite as expensive in the end, at $1,499 (£1,399, around AU$2,030), but that means it would be one of the most expensive gaming graphics cards in the world. If you were thinking of getting the RTX 3090, then, it looks like you’re going to need to save up. A lot.
RTX 3090 specs
For a super-high price, you’d hope the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 would be a super-powerful GPU, and while we won’t know just how powerful it is until our full RTX 3090 review, which should come soon, on paper, at least, it seems that’s indeed what we’re getting, along with rumors that the RTX 3090 will be 50% faster than the RTX 2080 Ti.
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The official specs of the RTX 3090 are:
- Nvidia GeForce RTX CUDA cores: 5248
- Memory: 24 GB GDDR6X
- PCIe interface: 4.0
This is a big leap over the RTX 2080 Ti, and that 24GB of memory could put it in RTX Titan terrority. Nvidia’s Titan GPUs, which although based on the same tech as Nvidia’s gaming GPUs, are in fact aimed at content creators and come with high price tags which are relatively affordable compared to professional GPUs.
That amount of power requires… a lot of power, and rumors suggest that the GPU will be huge, and will require an adaptor to plug into the PSU.
We also know manufacturers like Asus and Zotac will make their own versions of the RTX 3090, which could come with slightly different (though still very powerful) specs.