The NVIDIA GeForce Special Event 2020 Live Blog (Starts at 9:00 PT/16:00 UTC)by Ryan Smith on September 1, 2020 11:50 AM EST
11:55AM EDT - With much anticipation and more than a few leaks, today is NVIDIA's 2020 GeForce Special event. We're expecting the announcement of NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 30 series of cards, based on their Ampere architecture, and with it a generational improvement in performance
11:58AM EDT - Like pretty much everything else, this year's event has been altered a bit due to COVID
11:59AM EDT - NVIDIA normally treats GeForce launch events as parties, which isn't going to do in the age of social distancing
11:59AM EDT - Still, we're told it should be an interesting show
12:00PM EDT - As for the matter at hand, NVIDIA and its partners have not fared very well as far as leaking goes
12:00PM EDT - So we've got a very good idea of what's in store: the GeForce RTX 30 series, starting with the GeForce RTX 3090, RTX 3080, and RTX 3070
12:01PM EDT - So it'll be interesting to see what NVIDIA hasn't told its board partners - and thus what hasn't already been leaked
12:01PM EDT - And here we go
12:02PM EDT - And we are once again in Jensen Huang's kitchen, which has become his podium for this year
12:02PM EDT - "We're going to talk about computer graphics, and the work we're doing to push the boundaries"
12:03PM EDT - GeForce PC Gaming: Gaming, Live Streaming, Content Creation, and Esports
12:04PM EDT - We're apparently getting "4 gifts" today
12:04PM EDT - The incredibly popular Fortnite is getting an RTX upgrade. Ray tracing, ambient occlusion, and DLSS 2.0 support
12:04PM EDT - Now rolling a promo video
12:05PM EDT - (Hey Tim, how about that Unreal Tournament game you were working on?)
12:05PM EDT - New esports technology: NVIDIA Reflex
12:06PM EDT - The tech is designed to reduce system latency/input lag by upwards of 50%
12:06PM EDT - It's coming in NVIDIA's drivers this month
12:06PM EDT - Meanwhile NVIDIA's partners are prepping some 360Hz gaming displays with G-Sync compatibility
12:06PM EDT - Another new piece of software: NVIDIA Broadcast
12:07PM EDT - A software suite for broadcasting, with background replacement/effects, noise removal, and auto-framing features
12:07PM EDT - Coming to all RTX cards this month
12:08PM EDT - Now one of NVIDIA's employees is demonstrating the software
12:09PM EDT - This of course is all "AI-powered", utilizing NVIDIA's tensor cores
12:09PM EDT - NVIDIA of course is far from the first company to offer tools like these, but it's very consistent with their GeForce Experience strategy about trying to be a one-stop shop for all video effects
12:10PM EDT - Another new software tool: NVIDIA Omniverse Machinima
12:10PM EDT - A mixer application for helping to create machinima videos
12:11PM EDT - Body tracking, special effects, and more
12:11PM EDT - Beta in October
12:11PM EDT - Now rolling a quick video made using the tech with Mount & Blade 2
12:12PM EDT - Now on to the subject of ray tracing
12:12PM EDT - And recapping NVIDIA's RTX stack of technology
12:13PM EDT - Jensen is basically taking a victory lap here on RT, and using it as a chance to recap the tech in order to talk about what's next
12:14PM EDT - Now on to some quick demos of NVIDIA's deep learning research projects
12:14PM EDT - 3D video reconstruction, cloth animation, ray tracing smoothing, and more
12:15PM EDT - And of course, NVIDIA's Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS)
12:15PM EDT - Jensen is quickly recapping DLSS and how it works
12:15PM EDT - DLSS 1.0 was a bit of a dud. However NVIDIA has seen a lot more success with DLSS 2.0
12:16PM EDT - It still relies on deep learning, but they've also implemented what's essentially a class-leading temporal anti-aliasing implementation
12:16PM EDT - DLSS is one of the most powerful software tools in NVIDIA's kit, as it allows for games to get away with lower resolution rendering with acceptable results
12:16PM EDT - Now on to ray tracing and RT cores
12:17PM EDT - Ray tracing is kind of slow, even with dedicated RT cores
12:17PM EDT - But with DLSS, NVIDIA can further cut down on that performance hit
12:17PM EDT - Ampere!
12:18PM EDT - 30 shader TFLOPs, 58 RT TFLOPs, 238 tensor TFLOPs
12:18PM EDT - "Second geneation RTX"
12:18PM EDT - 28B transistors, Samsung 8N "NVIDIA custom process"
12:19PM EDT - 1.9x better perf per watt versus Turing
12:19PM EDT - 2x ray/triangle interaction performance
12:20PM EDT - Now for an Ampere-powered demo, with NVIDIA's marbles
12:20PM EDT - "Marbles at Night"
12:20PM EDT - 1440p at 30 frames per second
12:21PM EDT - This marks the first time that NVIDIA has used a foundry other than TSMC for its flagship gaming GPUs
12:22PM EDT - NVIDIA has used Samsung before, but only for their low-end Pascal (GTX 10 series) GPUs
12:23PM EDT - Now comparing Mables on Turing versus Ampere
12:23PM EDT - The Ampere version has 4x the performance of the Turing version
12:23PM EDT - Now on to I/O performance
12:23PM EDT - Big Ampere (GA100) of course had PCIe 4.0, and so do the gaming versions of Ampere
12:24PM EDT - Announcing NVIDIA RTX I/O
12:24PM EDT - PCIe 4.0, on-GPU storage decompression, and collaberating with Microsoft on DirectStorage
12:25PM EDT - Now rolling a Cyberpunk video
12:25PM EDT - The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080, powered by Ampere
12:26PM EDT - 10GB of GDDR6X memory running at 19Gbps
12:27PM EDT - And one honking cooler
12:27PM EDT - Fans on both sides of the card
12:28PM EDT - NVIDIA is basically running half of the heatsink in a roundabout push-pull configuration
12:28PM EDT - Now talking about GDDR6X
12:29PM EDT - Micron spilled the beans on this last month. GDDR6X moves from binary to 4 state PAM4 signaling. You get twice as many bits per clock cycle over the memory bus
12:29PM EDT - As for cooling, NVIDIA has basically built a mini-ITX style board, and then bolts that to a large heatsink
12:29PM EDT - This allows air to flow through the GPU and pushed out the back
12:30PM EDT - NVIDIA Video cards that blow air out the back do not have a good history (GTX 480), so it will be interesting to see how well this works
12:30PM EDT - RTX 3080 "Our new flagship GPU"
12:30PM EDT - Twice the performance of RTX 2080
12:30PM EDT - Starting at $699
12:31PM EDT - Available September 17th
12:31PM EDT - Up next is the RTX 3070
12:31PM EDT - 20 shader TFLOPs, 40 RT TFLOPs, 163 Tensor TFLOPs
12:31PM EDT - 8GB of GDDR6
12:31PM EDT - $499
12:31PM EDT - Available in October
12:32PM EDT - With performnace ahead of the RTX 2080 Ti
12:32PM EDT - Now on to bit of salesmanship. NVIDIA wants to get all of those Pascal (GeForce GTX 10 series) card owners to upgrade to Ampere
12:33PM EDT - Ampere is well ahead of Pascal in performance, even with ray tracing on
12:34PM EDT - Now rolling another game video, this time for Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War
12:35PM EDT - Now back to Jensen, who is talking about the history of the Titan video card family
12:35PM EDT - "There is clearly a need for a giant GPU that is available all over the world"
12:35PM EDT - RTX 3090
12:35PM EDT - "BFGPU"
12:35PM EDT - 36 shader TFLOPs, 69 RT TFLOPs, and 285 tensor TFLOPs
12:36PM EDT - It's so fast that NVIDIA says the 3090 can do 30fps at 8k
12:36PM EDT - Also confirmed: HDMI 2.1 support and AV1 decode
12:37PM EDT - 24GB of GDDR6X memory. $1499
12:37PM EDT - Available September 24th
12:37PM EDT - So one week after RTX 3080
12:38PM EDT - Note that despite the Titan introduction, this is a GeForce card, and is being branded by NVIDIA as such
12:38PM EDT - So why they aren't comparing it to RTX 2080 Ti, I have no idea
12:38PM EDT - "Our greatest generational leap ever"
12:39PM EDT - Jensen is now recapping everything he's announced
12:39PM EDT - Well that was quick. That's a wrap
12:40PM EDT - We'll have more as we get it. Please stay tuned.
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drexnx - Tuesday, September 1, 2020 - linkthe jacket is famous, but will the spatulas be the next Jensen meme?
Makaveli - Tuesday, September 1, 2020 - linkI'm waiting for him to sacrifice an NV gamer to his overloads on stream.
MadManMark - Tuesday, September 1, 2020 - linkLOL yeah I even looked for that ... but didn't realize a 3080 was hidden behind it all along!
willis936 - Tuesday, September 1, 2020 - linkGetting some weird duplicate entries on this one. Makes it harder to follow.
Urthor - Tuesday, September 1, 2020 - linkSamsung confirmed for the 3090 it seems. Big news there
SarahKerrigan - Tuesday, September 1, 2020 - link"12:21PM EDT - This marks the first time that NVIDIA has used a foundry other than TSMC for its flagship gaming GPUs"
IBM, for the high-end 6800's? UMC, for 200-series?
Chaitanya - Tuesday, September 1, 2020 - linkThat cooler is really odd.
eek2121 - Tuesday, September 1, 2020 - linkI guess that will depend on the noise levels. Despite what most people think, I believe it will be beneficial.
xenol - Tuesday, September 1, 2020 - linkI think it's pretty clever. They optimized the PCB to be smaller and used the footprint that would've been where the PCB was to extend the cooler.
It's almost no different than the GTX 670 where it was like a 8" PCB, but had a blower give it another 4"
a00r - Tuesday, September 1, 2020 - linklooks like hot air is going to be blowing into the CPU, guess I will have to go liquid cooling for the CPU