NVIDIA Geforce RTX Spec Comparison; 30 Series vs 20 Series

Yesterday NVIDIA announced its latest GPU’s – the Geforce RTX 30 Series – featuring ‘Ampere’ architecture to offer massive boosts in performance. But what are the specification differences between the three new cards and how do those compare with the current generation?


In the new 30 Series line, there is the GeForce RTX 3070, GeForce RTX 3080 and the colossal GeForce RTX 3090, retail prices starting from £469, £649 and £1,399 respectively.

First up how do each of the cards stack up against one another?

  GeForce RTX
GeForce RTX
GeForce RTX
GPU Engine Specs:NVIDIA CUDA Cores1049687045888
Boost Clock (GHz)1.701.711.73
Memory Specs:Standard Memory Config24 GB GDDR6X10 GB GDDR6X8 GB GDDR6
Memory Interface Width384-bit320-bit256-bit
Technology Support:Ray Tracing Cores2nd Generation2nd Generation2nd Generation
Tensor Cores3rd Generation3rd Generation3rd Generation
NVIDIA ArchitectureAmpereAmpereAmpere
Microsoft DirectX 12 UltimateYesYesYes
PCI Express Gen 4YesYesYes
NVIDIA GeForce ExperienceYesYesYes
NVIDIA AnselYesYesYes
NVIDIA FreeStyleYesYesYes
NVIDIA ShadowPlayYesYesYes
NVIDIA HighlightsYesYesYes
Game Ready DriversYesYesYes
NVIDIA Studio DriversYesYesYes
NVIDIA NVLink (SLI-Ready)Yes
Vulkan RT API, OpenGL 4.6YesYesYes
HDMI 2.1YesYesYes
DisplayPort 1.4aYesYesYes
NVIDIA Encoder7th Generation7th Generation7th Generation
NVIDIA Decoder5th Generation5th Generation5th Generation
VR ReadyYesYesYes
Display Support:Maximum Digital Resolution7680×43207680×43207680×4320
Standard Display ConnectorsHDMI 2.1, 3x DisplayPort 1.4aHDMI 2.1, 3x DisplayPort 1.4aHDMI 2.1, 3x DisplayPort 1.4a
Multi Monitor444
Founders Edition Card Dimensions:Length12.3″ (313 mm)11.2″ (285 mm)9.5″ (242 mm)
Width5.4″ (138 mm)4.4″ (112 mm)4.4″ (112 mm)
Founders Edition Thermal Power Specs:Maximum GPU Temperature (in C)939393
Graphics Card Power (W)350320220
Recommended System Power (W)750750650
Supplementary Power Connectors2x PCIe 8-pin2x PCIe 8-pin1x PCIe 8-pin
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series

With the GeForce RTX 3080 arriving first on 17th September you’re possibly tempted in upgrading if you have a 9 or 10 Series model so here’s a handy side by side spec list.

  RTX 30 SeriesRTX 20 SeriesGTX 10 SeriesGTX 9 Series
NVIDIA ArchitectureArchitecture NameAmpereTuringPascalMaxwell
Streaming Multiprocessors2x FP321x FP321x FP321x FP32
Ray Tracing CoresGen 2Gen 1
Tensor Cores (AI)Gen 3Gen 2
MemoryUp to 24 GB GDDR6XUp to 11 GB GDDR6Up to 11 GB GDDR5XUp to 6 GB GDDR5
PlatformNVIDIA ReflexYesYesYesYes
NVIDIA BroadcastYesYes
NVIDIA GeForce ExperienceYesYesYesYes
Game Ready DriversYesYesYesYes
NVIDIA Studio DriversYesYesYes
NVIDIA ShadowPlayYesYesYesYes
NVIDIA HighlightsYesYesYesYes
NVIDIA AnselYesYesYesYes
NVIDIA FreestyleYesYesYesYes
VR ReadyYesYesGTX 1060 or higherGTX 970 or higher
Additional FeaturesPCIeGen 4Gen 3Gen 3Gen 3
NVIDIA Encoder (NVENC)Gen 7Gen 7Gen 6Gen 5
NVIDIA Decoder (NVDEC)Gen 5Gen 4Gen 3Gen 2
DX12 UltimateYesYes
Video OutputsHDMI 2.1, DisplayPort 1.4aHDMI 2.0b, DisplayPort 1.4aHDMI 2.0b, DisplayPort 1.4aHDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.2

The entire range will be out by October, ready for some epic Star Wars: Squadrons sessions hopefully. For further updates on NVIDIA products for VR, keep reading VRFocus.