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Linus Tech Tips mindblown by “monster” NVIDIA RTX 3080 and 3070

Published: 3/Sep/2020 12:29 Updated: 3/Sep/2020 12:32

by Calum Patterson

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NVIDIA did not disappoint when they unveiled their new Ampere family of graphics cards, the next generation of RTX GPU’s, and Linus Tech Tips claims they have now made everything else “obsolete.”

Although it was expected that the new graphics cards from NVIDIA would be a big step up from the previous generation, perhaps what was most surprising was the price.

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The announcement getting a lot of attention is the $499 price tag on the RTX 3070 – which is said to match the performance of a 2080 Ti, a card that costs around $1,200 (though this price will inevitably drop after these new cards launch).

NVIDIA revealing RTX 3080
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NVIDIA’s reveal of the RTX 30 series exceeded expectations.

Linus previews new RTX 3070 and 3080

Although Linus Sebastian of Tech Tips fame hasn’t got his hands on the cards yet, he was immediately impressed, shocked even, at what NVIDIA revealed.

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“Ampere is real, and Ampere is an absolute monster,” Linus begins. “On paper, every Ampere card that was announced, even the 3070, is faster than a 2080 Ti.

Linus found that the last time the 3rd tier card in a generation was faster than the previous gens top performer, was all the way back in 2004. The 3080 is said to double the performance of the 2080 Ti, while only costing $699.

“There’s nothing else I can say, I’m absolutely mindblown — but the question is, why?” Linus says he has “a couple of theories” why NVIDIA has dropped their prices so significantly.

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Part of it could be the lower-than-expected sales of the last-gen cards, with many owners of the previous 10 series cards not convinced by the 2070 and 2080 to upgrade.

But, another theory could be an attempt to compete with the consoles, Sony’s PS5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Series X. Both the 3080 and 3070 are set to launch in September and October respectively, meaning they come out before the two new consoles.

And, these prices may be low enough to lure those considering moving away from PC to the new consoles, to instead spend that money upgrading their GPU in their PC. And, for non-PC owners, this might encourage more to take up PC gaming, as not only are these new GPUs cheaper, but as a result, older and used GPUs will also go down in price.

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October Apple event: iPhone 12, Mini, Pro models, 5G, more

Published: 13/Oct/2020 19:13 Updated: 13/Oct/2020 19:54

by David Purcell

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Apple’s long-awaited iPhone 12 event finally starts up today, and here’s how to watch along. 

With iOS 14 now up and running for users, it was only a matter of time before Apple would pull the trigger on their next series of smartphone. After confirming the time and place we can expect to see it all in action, there was a short window of waiting to be had. Now, though, that’s well and truly over.

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Spiralling back to their last event, in September, the developers focused mainly on the next evolution of Apple Watches.

The iPhone 11 released back in September 2019, so there’s been quite the gap since we’ve seen new phone technology from Apple. So, let’s take a look at how to watch the event and what the company announced.

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Apple iPhone 12 event start time

Screenshots of online invitations have been flooding the internet since they first started appearing, seen below from Tech Radar’s David Lumb.

As confirmed by this post, the iPhone event starts up on October 13 at 10am PDT (1pm ET, 6pm BST, 7pm CEST).

How to watch iPhone 12 Apple stream

The broadcast will be going live at the aforementioned time on Apple.com, so all you need to do is visit their website to get a glimpse.

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The events are also be streamed on YouTube, embedded below.

No doubt, however, thousands of people will be posting images of it onto your timelines during the event. You can also add the time to your calendar on your current device, using the invitation itself – if you received the alert.

Announcements

As expected, Apple announced the brand new iPhone 12 during the event itself and brings along with it a slew of interesting features, including the introduction of 5G for the first time. It’s also thinner, smaller, and lighter than the iPhone 11, and features a flattened metal side, similar to the older style found on the 4 and 5 models.

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In addition, the company also introduced a smaller version of the aforementioned smartphone: the iPhone 12 Mini. The specs are almost identical to the bigger version, and it’s smaller and cheaper.

The standard version of the 12 is set to start at $799, while the Mini version will start at $699.

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If both of those models weren’t enough, another version of the new smartphone was announced: the iPhone 12 Pro. This high-end model will include a different metal frame as well as an extremely upgraded camera.

For the first time in an Apple product, Pro owners will be able to record in both HDR and Dolby Vision HDR, which is set to bring a new level of cinematography to the smartphone line.

iPhone 12 prices

According to Apple, the iPhone 12 Mini is set to start at $699, while the normal 12 comes in at $799, and the Pro comes in at a whopping $999. If you want to get your hands on the objectively best iPhone this year, the 12 Pro Max, you’ll have to shell out $1099, which is a pretty penny to be sure but for what’s included, it makes sense.

All in all, Apple’s current iPhone lineup is incredibly diverse, with an option every $100 if you count older models like the SE, XR, and 11.

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Apple’s current lineup of iPhone’s, as of November 2020.

iPhone 12 pre-order and release date

For some reason, Apple is choosing to have a staggered launch this year, possibly due to the fact that so many models are launching at around the same time.

For the standard iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro, fans will be able to pre-order the phone starting in just a couple days, on October 16, 2020, with a release date of October 23, 2020.

For iPhone 12 Mini and Pro Max fans, you’ll have to wait until November 6, 2020, with the phone releasing on November 13, 2020.