Nvidia’s countdown to launch the RTX 3080 begins on August 31st

Prior to the launch of the much talked about “carte graphique GeForce RTX 3080”, Nvidia started the countdown on its social media page.

A Twitter post from Nvidia mentions #UltimateCountdown along with the text that says “21 days, 21 years,”.

The Twitter post also contains a picture of a supernova, which could indicate that the company has a big surprise in store. The 21-day benchmark indicates the timing of the Nvidia announcement could take place on August 31. The 21-year-old could be a tribute to Nvidia’s first modern graphics card. GeForce 256, which debuted in 1999.  

Interestingly, according to Wccftech, if you multiply 256 by 21, you get 5376. which is the same number of cores as the RTX 3080. Although the RTX 3080 graphics card was not mentioned in the Twitter post from Nvidia.

Nvidia’s post is believed to signal the release of the next-generation graphics card, based on the same Ampere graphics architecture that debuted earlier this year.

Turing architecture

Ampere essentially succeeds the Turing architecture that debuted on the RTX 2080 graphics card. The next-generation Ampere architecture made its debut on the DGX A100 scalable graphics for data centers earlier this year. And Nvidia claims that the data center version can bring up to 5 petaflops of computing power.

For gamers and creatives looking to embrace Ampere at home and work with consumer graphics, the GeForce RTX 3080 is expected to provide more power and better performance than the RTX 2080.

This enhanced performance will help the RTX 3080 deliver smoother real-time performance. Ray of Time Tracking – a feature that debuted on consumer GPUs with the RTX 2080 – when playing games at higher resolutions and higher settings.

Details of the RTX 3080 graphics card have been widely leaked over the past few months. Including the card design and first performance tests confirming improved performance.

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