Ampere Unleashed: Nvidia’s RTX 3080 Redefines High-End Gaming – ExtremeTech

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Almost two years ago, I published a review of the RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti titled “You Can’t Polish a Turing.” The article was as much a deep dive into the history of GPU improvement introductions and the amount of time it takes for new technologies to be adopted as it was a direct review, and my conclusions followed the title: Turing, while innovative, was overpriced, unlikely to remain the top-end solution for as long as Pascal had, and a poor overall value. Nvidia would later fix their pricing problems with the launch of the RTX “Super” family once AMD had a competitive GPU in-market, but ray tracing remained a questionable investment for the entirety of Turing’s turn at the top of the stack.Why open a discussion of Nvidia’s latest Ampere with a reminder of Turing’s launch flaws? Because Ampere, as near as I can tell, fixes every single one of them. Having taken such a negative stance on Turing at launch, it’s appropriate to revisit the question of whether I feel the same way about Ampere on its debut. …

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