Nvidia has a recipe for gamers who want to play the top-end GeForce RTX 3000 but can’t afford to buy a graphics card. The GeForce Now cloud service now has a new RTX 3080 plan that costs $100 for six months, or about $16.7 per month.
An RTX 3080 subscription gives you access to servers powered by an Ampere graphics card. Active session duration is limited to 8 hours a day, and games will run at resolutions of up to 1440p and 120 frames per second on computers, or 4K HDR/60 fps on Shield TVs.
Nvidia needs to update their servers to make this possible. The new GeForce Now “Superpods” double the number of available CPU cores and memory bandwidth. The GPUs are not exact replicas of the chips for the GeForce RTX 3080 in the true sense of the word, but dedicated configurations based on the GA102 ampere die.
Each GeForce RTX 3080 Virtual PC is equipped with an 8-core, 16-thread AMD Threadripper processor, 28GB of DDR4-3200 memory, and a fast PCIe 4.0 SSD. Any modern game would be within the power of such a PC.
While the Nvidia standard recommends a 25Mbps internet connection for GeForce Now users, the 1440p/120fps requirements increase to 35Mbps or 40Mbps for 4K HDR. Users can already subscribe to the RTX 3080 plan, though it will launch a little later.
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