NVIDIA hosting 'special event' for next-gen GeForce on September 1

NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang will host the GeForce 'special event' to 'usher in a new era' on September 1 for its #UltimateCountdown.

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NVIDIA has just announced a new "special event broadcast" for September 1, which will be hosted by NVIDIA CEO and founder Jensen Huang -- where we should be introduced to the new next-gen GeForce graphics cards.

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The company has a new post on their official GeForce website, leading up into the Ultimate Countdown. The post is filled with memories of the late 90s and the golden age of PC gaming, which centered around low-res (but high-res at the time) monitors, the original GeForce 256, and dial up internet.

I was 16 at the time and couldn't be more obsessed about technology and games, which is why I went into 10 years of working with and selling computer parts and custom gaming PCs and then now -- TweakTown, reviewing graphics cards and playing games.

I'm just a gamer and nerd and a big kid inside, so seeing all the references to the late 90s and what was the golden age of PC gaming -- is awesome. But, it's even more awesome that NVIDIA is getting into it and ringing the nostalgia bell by bringing us back to 1999 and the first-ever GPU: the GeForce 256.

But there is something I noticed here, like I did with NVIDIA's multiple mentions of 21 that I went over in this article from yesterday.

A quick recap of the number 21:

  • 21 days until next-gen GeForce reveal.
  • 21 years since the first ever GPU.
  • 21 years since the first GeForce graphics card.
  • The first GeForce graphics card was the GeForce 256.
  • GeForce 256 was offered in 2 different VRAM options: SDR and DDR.
  • The '256' times '21' = 5376 and then 5+3+7+6 = 21.
  • AMD has Navi 21 coming.
  • Navi 21 will compete with Ampere.
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NVIDIA references the TNT2 which at the time was on the 220nm node, where it smashed the Voodoo 3 from 3Dfx at the time. It was up to 50% faster at the time, had Direct3D 7.0 support, and much more. It feels like NVIDIA is having a big dig here, referencing the "up to 50% faster performance" and linking to AnandTech's review when Anand was still running the site before he left for Apple.

Hell, I remember reading that review at the time... and thinking how amazing it must be to be writing graphics card reviews.

Maybe this is NVIDIA teasing that it's next-gen graphics card, whatever it is called -- GeForce RTX 3090 ULTIMATE would be nice though, or GeForce RTX 3090 ULTRA -- is up to 50% faster than the current-gen Turing-based flagship graphics card in the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti.

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  • What's NVIDIA doing with all those mentions of 21? I'm a kinda numerology nerd in some ways, so it helps decode at least some of it -- which I did so here. (GeForce) 256 x 21 (days/years celebration) = 5376 (GPU cores in purported GA102 GPU), and 5 + 3 + 7 + 6 = 21.
  • What about "ULTIMATE"? Well that's the other thing -- does NVIDIA mean this will be the "ultimate graphics card", or does it mean we could expect an ULTIMATE branded graphics card? GeForce RTX 3090 ULTIMATE has a nice ring to it... just saying.
  • Where can I tune into the GeForce special event? NVIDIA will be premiering the special event broadcast on September 9 at 9AM PT, hosted by none other than NVIDIA CEO and founder Jensen Huang. You can tune in right here.

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  • Traversal coprocessor: We have had more leaks on NVIDIA's next-gen GeForce RTX 3000 series than any family of graphics cards before it, with an interesting "traversal coprocessor" on the new GeForce RTX 3080 and GeForce RTX 3090 graphics cards. You can read more on that here.
  • NVCache: Ampere is meant to have something called NVCache, which would be NVIDIA's own form of AMD's HBCC (High Bandwidth Cache Controller, more on that here). NVCache would use your system RAM and SSD to super-speed game load times, as well as optimizing VRAM usage. You can read more on NVCache here.
  • Tensor Memory Compression: NVCache is interesting, but Tensor Memory Compression will be on Ampere, and will reportedly use Tensor Cores to both compress and decompress items that are stored in VRAM. This could see a 20-40% reduction in VRAM usage, or more VRAM usage with higher textures in next-gen games and Tensor Memory Compression decreasing that VRAM footprint by 20-40%.
  • How fast is the GeForce RTX 3090? Freaking fast according to rumors, with 60-90% more performance than the current Turing-based flagship GeForce RTX 2080 Ti. We could see this huge performance leap in ray tracing titles, but we'll have to wait a little while longer to see how much graphical power NVIDIA crams into these new cards. You can read more on those rumors here.
  • Power hungry: As for power consumption, GA102 reportedly uses 230W -- while 24GB of GDDR6X (which we should see on the new Ampere-based TITAN RTX) consumes 60W of power. You can read more on that here.
  • Production begins soon: NVIDIA is reportedly in the DVT (or Design Validation Test) range of its new GeForce RTX 3000 series graphics cards. Mass production reportedly kicks off in August 2020, with a media event, benchmarks, and more in September 2020 as I predicted many months ago. More on that here.
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I've already written about rumors that NVIDIA's next-gen Ampere GPU architecture would be up to 75% faster than current-gen GPUs such as the Turing architecture, right after rumors that Ampere would offer 50% more performance at half the power of Turing. This is pretty crazy stuff right there.

Not only that, but we've got some rumored specs on the purported GeForce RTX 3080 and GeForce RTX 3070 graphics cards, which will both be powered by NVIDIA's new Ampere GPU architecture.

We've already heard that Ampere would offer 50% more performance at half the power of Turing, which sent the hairs on my neck standing up. Better yet, you can read about the leaked specs on the purported Ampere-based GeForce RTX 3080 and GeForce RTX 3070 right here.

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Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering and has recently taken a keen interest in artificial intelligence (AI) hardware.

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