Already in September 2020 NVidia announced the next generation of graphics cards. The 30XX series promises first-class performance at a finally acceptable price. However, after more than 8 months, I am sobered to discover that NVidia – maximum performance is not available.
If you got hold of one of the new graphics cards, you had to pay up to 3 times the recommended retail price from NVidia. Until further notice, the NVidia website says succinctly: currently not available. Also with other providers you will only find the note – NVidia – high performance not available.
It gets worse. If you now get the idea to buy one of the older cards – they no longer exist either.
Occasionally, cards appear on Amazon or EBay – but only at absolute moon prices.
Unfortunately, you will also experience a disappointment here. The latest graphics from AMD are also not available or can only be obtained at exorbitant prices.
There is surprisingly little information on the reasons. Some call Corona, others have identified crypto miners as the culprits. Still others report delivery bottlenecks for various chips in the supplier industry.
Basically, we as customers don’t care – we just don’t get any graphics cards at the moment. At least not at the promised low prices.
So far I haven’t been able to do my own performance tests. So we are dependent on the data of some trade journals and others.
Unfortunately, they often only use speed tests that are not very informative for us.
If certain processes run faster in a game, that doesn’t necessarily have to be the case in a program like Blender.
Fortunately, many users post their results with Blender’s own benchmark test on the web and at least first impressions can be gained.
After that, the RTX 3090 should be 2-3 times faster than an RTX 2070 S – which I have currently installed.
What does that mean in practice?
This may not be particularly relevant with a rendering time of a few seconds. However, if a movie only needs 10 hours of rendering time instead of 30 hours, then the benefit becomes obvious.
Take a look at this blog entry: Quality vs performance .