Nvidia announces $499 RTX 3070 that outpaces the $1,200 RTX 2080 Ti

Nvidia Ampere is alive and kicking… and kicking hard.

Nvidia has announced the RTX 3070, a $499 graphics card that is faster than a 2080 Ti for far less cash.

With 20 shader TFLOPS, 40 RT TFLOPS, and 163 Tensor TFLOPS, the RTX 3070 is specced for high-end gaming. That’s courtesy of the Ampere graphics architecture, and a whopping 5,888 CUDA cores. It’s also equipped with 8GB of GDDR6 memory.

That’s a touch less than the RTX 2080 Ti, which comes with 11GB of GDDR6 memory. However, according to Nvidia, that won’t hamper its performance. The chipmaker reports performance somewhere in the ballpark of the RTX 2080 Ti, and significantly faster than the RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Super.

You can check out the full RTX 3070 design above, complete with new 12-pin power connector.

The RTX 3070 will be available for $499 this October, which is a little later than the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090—announced for September 17 and September 24 respectively.

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