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Watch the Nvidia Ampere unveiling here today… RTX 3090, RTX 3080, and more?

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We're 100 percent sure Nvidia's effusive CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang, will be taking the wraps off the next generation Nvidia Ampere (opens in new tab) GeForce graphics cards today, live at the GeForce Special Event. And you can watch it all unfold here from 9am Pacific, 12pm Eastern, or 5pm UK time, and if the Twitch embed gets all funky we'll have a YouTube stream (opens in new tab) here too.

But, after the professional Ampere unveiling, will this gaming-focused presentation be delivered from his kitchen, lounge, wine cellar, leather jacket-filled walk-in wardrobe, or some special, socially distanced venue?

That is, obviously, the important question, but there is also the small matter of the cards themselves. Today's GeForce Special Event isn't going to be the launch of the full suite of Nvidia Ampere graphics cards, we're only really likely to get a glimpse of the Founders Editions of the RTX 3090 and RTX 3080 launching in September, along with a few of their key specs.

The RTX 3070 is expected to arrive around a month later, so might get a cursory mention, but the mainstream Ampere cards aren't likely to arrive until well into 2021 at this point.

We might get a hint of pricing but, given that we're expecting the red team to pop up sometime soon with an AMD Big Navi (opens in new tab) spoiler, I wouldn't be surprised if Jen-Hsun and Co. kept that particular bit of information back for the full launch of the top two Nvidia Ampere cards later this month.

Despite the fact that nothing official, bar a short design-led video (opens in new tab), has been divulged about the new generation of GeForce GPUs, we do have a pretty good idea of what we're going to be looking at. Thanks to a host of rumours and leaks the details seem pretty rock solid now, especially now that AIBs have all the information… and that has inevitably been leaked too (opens in new tab).

Nvidia Ampere specs
RTX 3090RTX 3080RTX 2080 Ti
CUDA cores5,2484,3524,352
Memory24GB GDDR6X10GB GDDR6X11GB GDDR6
Memory clock19.5Gbps19Gbps14Gbps
Memory bandwidth936GB/s760GB/s616GB/s
TGP350W320W260W

Though the actual GPU unveiling is likely to only be the finale of the hour-long GeForce Special Event, with much of the initial presentation likely to be given over to celebrating the last 21 years of Nvidia graphics silicon, with a few separate GeForce-y announcements, and a final "BAM! New graphics cards, y'all!" from Jen-Hsun himself.

But whatever goes down, we're going to be on hand digging through the details and bringing you all the news from today's big Nvidia event as it happens.

Dave James
Dave James

Dave has been gaming since the days of Zaxxon and Lady Bug on the Colecovision, and code books for the Commodore Vic 20 (Death Race 2000!). He built his first gaming PC at the tender age of 16, and finally finished bug-fixing the Cyrix-based system around a year later. When he dropped it out of the window. He first started writing for Official PlayStation Magazine and Xbox World many decades ago, then moved onto PC Format full-time, then PC Gamer, TechRadar, and T3 among others. Now he's back, writing about the nightmarish graphics card market, CPUs with more cores than sense, gaming laptops hotter than the sun, and SSDs more capacious than a Cybertruck.