Nvidia just raised the bar for performance for both desktop and laptop graphics cards, and at CES 2022 announced a desktop RTX 3090 Ti GPU, RTX 3080 Ti, and 3070 Ti mobile chipset. On the other hand, the company announced a new RTX 3050 desktop card worth $249.
We’ll start with laptops. Coming to dozens of new gaming systems in the next few months, the new RTX 3080 Ti comes with 16GB of GDDR6 RAM, and is presumably more powerful than the desktop Titan RTX GPU. Nvidia claims that these chips can run games at 1440p resolution at 120 frames per second or higher.
One step down is the RTX 3070 Ti, a discrete graphics card that’s 1.7 times faster than the RTX 2070 Super GPUs found in last-generation gaming laptops. It seems to perform slightly less than RTX 3080 Ti, as Nvidia claims the RTX 3070 Ti can play games at 1440p resolution at 100 frames per second or higher.
The RTX 3080 Ti and RTX 3070 Ti laptops will be available from February 1.
We can also expect new ultra-thin gaming laptops running on Nvidia’s new 4th generation Max-Q, which comes with CPU Optimizer, a GPU framework to improve performance, temperature and power of the next generation of CPUs. In this way, Nvidia chips can drain some power from the CPU to improve gaming performance and efficiency.
Another feature included in the new Max-Q software called Rapid Core Scaling tells the GPU which cores it needs to use based on real-time workloads. Nvidia says this allows for more than 3x better performance when running demanding apps. Nvidia also claims that 4G Max-Q enables up to 70% better battery life, but we’ll believe it when we see it.
RTX 3090 Ti and RTX 3050 GPUs for Desktop
Desktop users who need raw power and have a budget big enough should turn their attention to the new RTX 3090 Ti, a desktop GPU with 40 Shader TFLOPs, 78 RT-TFLOPs, 320 Tensor-TFLOPs, and 24GB of RAM. G6X at 21 Gbps.
Unfortunately, Nvidia hasn’t said what kind of performance to expect, only saying “to adjust later this month for more details.”
Those who don’t need the fastest performance can opt for the RTX 3050, which Nvidia claims can run the latest games at over 60 frames per second. The most budget-friendly chip comes with second-generation RT cores for ray tracing and third-generation tensor cores for DLSS and AI. Looking into the specs, the GPU has 8GB of G6 memory, 18 RT-TFLOPS, 9 Shader-TFLOPS, and 73 Tensor-TFLOPS. The RTX 3050 will be available on January 27 with a starting price of $249, or $80 cheaper than the RTX 3060.
“For the first time, you can play ray tracing games on a 50-class GPU at over 50 frames per second,” said Jeff Fisher, senior vice president of Nvidia GeForce.
Nvidia admitted that 75% of gamers still use GTX GPUs, even though some aren’t by choice. The constant shortage of chips has made it nearly impossible to purchase an Nvidia RTX desktop graphics card. We can only hope the supply of these newly announced chips is better than what we’ve seen over the past few years, but we won’t be holding our breath.