At CES 2022, NVIDIA’s Jeff Fisher kicked off the company’s annual conference by pointing out that gaming is insanely strong – which shouldn’t surprise anyone reading this. There have been days in the past when some thought the days of PC gaming (or gaming in general) were numbered, but the current market is proving just how out of place they were. There are 3 billion players in the world today, and the market is worth $ 300 billion. And… it keeps growing.
Because stats are fun, let’s get to a few more. PC gaming is today so huge, that there are 10 million Twitch channels that have 750 million viewers. There are also now 45 million creators using GPUs, and likewise, VR is something that is experiencing tremendous growth, especially thanks to budget headsets that give more people the ability to play, create, or play. learn in virtual reality.
Another fun fact? To date, NVIDIA has shipped nearly 1.5 billion GPUs in total, which encapsulate a host of architectures for PC, server, console, and even automotive. That’s a huge number, but funny enough, it’s still a far cry from the number of transistors in NVIDIA’s current GPUs – 13 billion in a card like the RTX 3050 and 28 billion in the big gun RTX 3090. 1.5 billion GPUs shipped, of course!
“RTX 3050, you say? That’s right – NVIDIA took advantage of the ongoing CES to launch the latest current generation GeForce GPU based on the Ampere architecture. It’s priced at SRP $ 249, includes 8GB of GDDR6, and sports a rather modest 130W TDP. With this card now being announced, here’s NVIDIA’s updated desktop GeForce lineup:
|NVIDIA GeForce Gaming GPU lineup|
|Cores||MHz boost||Peak FP32||Memory||Bandwidth||TDP||PER|
|RTX 3090||10,496||1700||35.6 TFLOPS||24 GB 1||936 GB / s||350W||$ 1,499|
|RTX 3080 Ti||10,240||1,670||34.1 TFLOPS||12 GB 1||912 GB / s||350W||$ 1,199|
|RTX 3080||8,704||1710||29.7 TFLOPS||10 GB 1||760 GB / s||320W||$ 699|
|RTX 3070 Ti||6,144||1770||21.7 TFLOPS||8 GB 1||608 GB / s||290W||$ 599|
|RTX 3070||5 888||1730||20.4 TFLOPS||8 GB 2||448 GB / s||220W||$ 499|
|RTX 3060 Ti||4,864||1,670||16.2 TFLOPS||8 GB 2||448 GB / s||200W||$ 399|
|RTX 3060||3,584||1780||12.7 TFLOPS||12 GB 2||360 GB / s||170W||$ 329|
|RTX 3050||2,560||1780||??? TFLOPS||8 GB 2||??? GB / s||130W||$ 249|
In typical NVIDIA fashion, another little treat was left until the rest of the desktop GPU news was released. The rumor has been going around for months, and it turns out to be real: the GeForce RTX 3090 Ti is coming. Specifications weren’t revealed during the live stream, but this card will have extra cores compared to non-Ti, and faster memory, to boot. Here’s NVIDIA’s Jeff Fisher holding the beauty:
Similar to what we saw from AMD earlier, NVIDIA not only left desktop GPU announcements, but also unveiled some new laptop goodies. This includes the introduction of 4th generation Max-Q technologies. For starters, this includes a CPU optimization framework to improve gaming performance by transferring some of the CPU’s power potential – when not entirely needed – to the GPU, which will deliver higher frame rates. high.
Another new Max-Q feature is Rapid Core Boost, which will reduce the number of active GPU cores for a specific process, where using full cores wouldn’t make a difference. This is primarily intended for creative workloads, where there are many GPU-related tasks that won’t require the effort of every core on offer. Reducing the number of cores used, while increasing their individual performance, might actually make some processes run faster (think effects in a Premiere Pro timeline).
The third Max-Q feature is Battery Boost, which is roughly explained, but now uses artificial intelligence to intelligently allocate resources to deliver solid performance as well as the best battery life (but let’s face it, you’ll want to be plugged in if you can for the best possible performance.)
With the introduction of the fourth generation Max-Q, a new GPU announcement: RTX 3080 Ti. As you can see from the slide above, NVIDIA claims that this GPU is more powerful than the desktop TITAN RTX, and quite fun – laptops will start at the TITAN RTX price of $ 2,499. This TITAN is still very powerful, so imagine that a lot of horsepower inside a laptop is really drool-worthy.
Don’t worry: if you don’t want to spend that much on a laptop, NVIDIA has also announced a new GeForce RTX 3070 Ti, which will be found in laptops over $ 1,499. With this GPU, you can expect better performance than the Turing generation RTX 2070 SUPER desktop card.
In other NVIDIA gaming news, the company has talked about the growth of its GeForce NOW streaming service, which now offers more than 1,100 titles and continues to grow. One of the most intriguing aspects of this service is that it is available on virtually any computer you own, whether it is a desktop, laptop, phone, or even from a smart TV.
NVIDIA is so keen that more people could enjoy GeForce NOW that it has partnered with AT&T to deliver smooth gameplay to mobile devices connected to the company’s 5G network. An example of a game played on 5G is Destiny 2, so it looks like even fast-paced games should be possible on the go.
Since the last CES, NVIDIA claims to have added over 150 RTX games and applications, strengthening this ecosystem quite significantly. Interestingly, “apps” were mentioned explicitly, as on the creator side we found in our own testing that RTX features can dramatically improve workflows, especially with Blender. Upcoming game titles that will support RTX include MMO The day beforeshooter Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction, and FPS aRPG Escape from Tarkov.
NVIDIA Reflex in God of War
NVIDIA also talked about Reflex, its feature that reduces input latency, helping you react faster to a difficult situation in the game. To date, this feature has largely revolved around highly competitive online shooters, like Seat and Apex Legends, but it’s worth noting that the company talked about the offline potential with the help of God of the war. The company claims that Reflex will help you dodge your enemy better because you will be faster. That said, if you’d rather blame the game when you’re too slow to act, maybe you should steer clear of Reflex!
As you can see, NVIDIA did a hell of a job at CES, and we haven’t even covered everything yet. Stay tuned as we’ll have more to talk about over the course of the week, as we climb to the top of the CES stack.