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NVIDIA Introduces New RTX 3060, Slew Of RTX Games And RTX Laptops

by Rainier on Jan. 12, 2021 @ 12:19 p.m. PST

NVIDIA kicked off 2021 with its GeForce RTX: Game On event, revealing new hardware and a huge list of games adding NVIDIA DLSS, Ray Tracing and NVIDIA Reflex.

With its efficient, high-performance architecture and the second generation of NVIDIA RTX, the RTX 3060 brings amazing hardware ray-tracing capabilities and support for NVIDIA DLSS and other technologies, and is priced at $329.

NVIDIA’s 60-class GPUs have traditionally been the single most popular cards for gamers on Steam, with the GTX 1060 long at the top of the GPU gaming charts since its introduction in 2016. An estimated 90 percent of GeForce gamers currently play with a GTX-class GPU.

“There’s unstoppable momentum behind ray tracing, which has quickly redefined the new standard of gaming,” said Matt Wuebbling, vice president of global GeForce marketing at NVIDIA. “The NVIDIA Ampere architecture has been our fastest-selling ever, and the RTX 3060 brings the strengths of the RTX 30 Series to millions more gamers everywhere.”

With newer gaming titles come bigger worlds with cinematic graphics and real-time ray tracing — these are gaming workloads that only RTX-powered platforms are suited to handle. The GeForce RTX 3060 has twice the raster performance and 10x the ray-tracing performance of the GTX 1060, making it a formidable upgrade opportunity and the foundation of a gaming PC platform powerful enough to handle cutting-edge titles such as Cyberpunk 2077 and Fortnite with RTX On at 60 frames per second.

The RTX 3060’s key specifications include:

  • 13 shader-TFLOPs
  • 25 RT-TFLOPs for ray tracing
  • 101 tensor-TFLOPs to power NVIDIA DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling)
  • 192-bit memory interface
  • 12GB of GDDR6 memory

Resizable BAR will be supported on the GeForce RTX 30 Series starting with the RTX 3060. When combined with a compatible motherboard, this advanced PCI Express technology enables all of the GPU memory to be accessed by the CPU at once, providing a performance boost in many games.

Like all RTX 30 Series GPUs, the RTX 3060 supports the trifecta of GeForce gaming innovations: NVIDIA DLSS, NVIDIA Reflex and NVIDIA Broadcast, which accelerate performance and enhance image quality. Together with real-time ray tracing, these technologies are the foundation of the GeForce gaming platform, which brings unparalleled performance and features to games and gamers everywhere.

Advanced GeForce Experience Features

All NVIDIA GeForce GPUs benefit from GeForce Experience, a tool used by tens of millions of gamers to optimize game settings, record and upload gameplay, stream gameplay, take screenshots, and download and install Game Ready Drivers. The latest features include:

  • One-click automatic GPU Tuning: GeForce Experience now supports GPU Tuning, which can automatically create overclocking profiles by using an advanced scanning algorithm.
  • Enhanced in-game monitoring overlay: GeForce Experience’s already robust in-game overlay now adds performance stats, temperatures and latency metrics, including NVIDIA Reflex Latency Analyzer stats.

The GeForce RTX 3060 will be available in late February, starting at $329, as custom boards — including stock-clocked and factory-overclocked models — from top add-in card providers such as ASUS, Colorful, EVGA, Gainward, Galaxy, Gigabyte, Innovision 3D, MSI, Palit, PNY and Zotac. Look for GeForce RTX 3060 GPUs at major retailers and etailers, as well as in gaming systems by major manufacturers and leading system builders worldwide.

Top Games Add NVIDIA DLSS, Ray Tracing and NVIDIA Reflex

Game developers and publishers are turning to NVIDIA’s next-generation technologies with DLSS, Ray Tracing, and Reflex setting a new standard in gaming. 36 games are now powered by RTX, including the #1 Battle Royale game, the #1 RPG, the #1 MMO and the #1 best-selling game of all time. 

And today, the list grows again.

DLSS has proven to be an essential feature for next-generation games, delivering maximum frame rates to drive higher resolution and refresh rate experiences. Games that are adding DLSS include:

  • Call of Duty: Warzone from Activision
  • Outriders from Square Enix and People Can Fly
  • Iron Conflict from Angela Game and Imperium Interactive Entertainment
  • Edge of Eternity from Midgar Studio 

Games that will be adding both Ray Tracing and DLSS include:

  • Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach from Steel Wool Studios
  • The Medium from Bloober Team
  • F.I.S.T.: Forged in Shadow Torch from TiGames and Bilibili

NVIDIA Reflex delivers the lowest system latency for competitive gamers. Since Reflex’s launch in September, a dozen games have added support. Today, two more games are adding Reflex, including:

  • Overwatch from Blizzard Entertainment
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege from Ubisoft

With the addition of these two new games, 7 of the top 10 competitive shooters now support Reflex.

GeForce RTX 30 Series Coming to Laptops Later This Month

These next-gen laptops, which start at $999, increase energy efficiency by up to 2x, accelerate performance dramatically and introduce third-generation Max-Q technologies for thin and lightweight designs.

The new RTX 30 Series Laptop GPUs deliver stunning ray-traced gaming experiences in Cyberpunk 2077 and other top titles, and enable content creators to produce incredible work using hundreds of GPU-accelerated apps.

“After taking the desktop market by storm, our NVIDIA Ampere architecture is now powering the world’s fastest laptops,” said Kaustubh Sanghani, vice president and general manager of GeForce OEM at NVIDIA. “Nowhere does power efficiency matter more than in gaming laptops, a market that’s grown 7x in the past seven years. These new thin and light systems are based on our Max-Q technologies, where every aspect — CPU, GPU, software, PCB design, power delivery, thermals — is optimized for power and performance.”

Global availability starts later this month with GeForce RTX gaming and creator laptops featuring GeForce RTX 3080 and GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPUs, followed by laptops with the GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU.

  • GeForce RTX 3060 delivers 90 frames per second on the latest games with ultra settings at 1080p. RTX 3060 laptops start at $999 and are faster than laptops featuring NVIDIA’s previous flagship GPU, GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER, which typically sell for $2,500.
  • GeForce RTX 3070 is a 1440p gaming beast, delivering 90 frames per second with ultra settings at 1440p. RTX 3070 laptops start at $1,299 and are 50 percent faster than those equipped with the RTX 2070.
  • GeForce RTX 3080 is NVIDIA’s new flagship laptop GPU. With up to 16GB of G6 memory, it powers the world’s fastest laptops for gamers and creators. It delivers 100+ frames per second with ultra settings at 1440p. Systems featuring the RTX 3080 start at $1,999.

Third-Gen Max-Q Tech Delivers Optimal Power and Performance

The third generation of Max-Q technologies uses AI and new system optimizations to make high-performance gaming laptops faster and better than ever. These include:

  • Dynamic Boost 2.0: Traditionally, gaming laptops set the power for the CPU and GPU. Yet, games and creative apps are dynamic, and demands on the system change from frame to frame. With Dynamic Boost 2.0, AI networks balance the power between the CPU, GPU and now, GPU memory, depending on where it is needed the most — constantly optimizing for maximum performance.
  • WhisperMode 2.0: Delivering a new level of acoustic control for gaming laptops, WhisperMode has been reengineered from the ground up and is custom built into each laptop. Once the desired acoustics are selected, WhisperMode 2.0’s AI-powered algorithms manage the CPU, GPU, system temperatures and fan speeds to deliver great acoustics at the best possible performance.
  • Resizable BARThis advanced PCI Express technology enables all of the GPU memory to be accessed by the CPU at once, providing a performance boost in many games.
  • NVIDIA DLSSNVIDIA Deep Learning Super Sampling uses AI and RTX Tensor Cores to deliver up to 2x the performance at the same power. For a single 1440 frame, a GPU needs to calculate almost 4 million pixels. NVIDIA DLSS requires only a fraction of the pixels, which improves efficiency and increases performance.

Award-Winning NVIDIA Ampere Architecture, Plus New Ways to Play
The new laptop GPUs feature NVIDIA Ampere architecture streaming multiprocessors, which offer 2x FP32 throughput, delivering vastly improved performance with improved performance per watt. These include new dedicated RT Cores delivering 2x the throughput of the previous generation, and new third-generation Tensor Cores, with up to 2x the throughput of their predecessors, to power NVIDIA DLSS, which accelerates performance.

The new laptops also include new tools for gamers and creators, including NVIDIA Broadcast, which harnesses AI to turn any room into a home broadcast studio; NVIDIA Reflex, which makes competitive games quicker; GeForce Experience™, to capture and share videos, screenshots and livestreams with friends; and NVIDIA Studio, for acceleration and optimization of demanding creator apps.

Esports Laptops Play at 240+ FPS

Nearly three-quarters of laptop gamers play esports, spurring the popularity of high-refresh-rate laptops, sales of which doubled last year. Over half of the new GeForce RTX 30 Series laptops will offer 240Hz or higher refresh rates.

With the performance of the GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, gamers will be able to play at 240 frames per second across top titles like OverwatchRainbow SixValorant and Fortnite. And with NVIDIA Reflex, gamers can achieve sub-20ms system latency, enabling them to play their absolute best.

GeForce RTX 30 Series Studio Laptops

With the help of the NVIDIA Ampere architecture, rendering on Studio laptops is now up to twice as fast as the previous generation and up to 30x faster than CPU. Video editors can work with 8K RAW footage, use AI to simplify workflows and reduce encode times by up to 75 percent. Artists can take advantage of up to 16GB of graphics memory to work with huge assets or multiple apps simultaneously.

Using new third-generation Max-Q technologies, OEM partners ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI and Razer are launching new NVIDIA Studio laptops with the new GeForce RTX 30 Series Laptop GPUs.

GeForce RTX 30 Series laptops will be available starting Jan. 26 from the world’s top OEMs, including Acer, Alienware, ASUS, Gigabyte, HP, Lenovo, MSI and Razer. They will also be available from local OEMs and system builders, including Aftershock, CyberPower PC, Digital Storm, Eluktronics, Falcon NW, Hasee, Maingear, Mechrevo, Mouse, Origin PC, PC Specialist, Scan, Schenker, Terrans Force and Thunderobot, XOTIC PC. Pricing, configurations and availability will vary among regions and partners.

Reflex Latency Analyzer Continues Rapid Adoption 

NVIDIA Reflex Latency Analyzer allows competitive and esports gamers to accurately measure their system latency. Since its launch in September:  9 esports monitors have integrated the Reflex Latency Analyzer, and 8 peripheral partners are making their products Reflex Latency Analyzer compatible.

The NVIDIA Reflex Latency Analyzer ecosystem continues to grow with the addition of  5 new G-SYNC gaming monitors and 7 new mice at the GAME ON event.

A New Fortnite Map, A New Challenge for Minecrafters

NVIDIA has also released a new map for Fortnite called RTX Morbid Madhaus and revealed a new ‘Minecraft with RTX for Windows 10 Build Challenge’ contest.

Microsoft Flight Simulator powered by GeForce RTX 30 Series Laptop

NVIDIA also showcased the power of the new GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU in a new Microsoft Flight Simulator three display demo.

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