Is cloud gaming finally a viable option with the GeForce Now RTX 3080?


Is cloud gaming finally a viable option with the GeForce Now RTX 3080?

Is cloud gaming finally a viable alternative to local gaming? With the recent release of the new premium RTX 3080 tier for GeForce Now, Nvidia has pushed online streaming specs higher than we’ve ever seen them before: more compute, enviable ray tracing performance, AI upscaling via DLSS, 1440p120 and 4K60 HDR functionality, and more.

Meanwhile, Nvidia claims that GeForce Now outperforms the Xbox One X in terms of input lag.

Perhaps Nvidia’s £89.99(dollar)99.99€99.99 six-month subscriptions are worth considering in a world where PC upgrade prices are sky-high – assuming you can find the hardware to begin with?

But make no mistake: while GeForce Now improves the cloud experience, it still faces the same fundamental issues as other services.

There is some lag, video compression, and streaming issues.

Inevitably, the quality of your experience will be determined by your internet connection.

Playing any cloud-based system while the connection is in use elsewhere in the house can cause problems in bandwidth-constrained scenarios.

Let’s start with the specs, because the RTX 3080 tier offers a significant hardware upgrade over competing services.

The servers are powered by a 16-core Ryzen Threadripper Pro 3955WX processor with 28GB of system memory.

Although the GPU isn’t an RTX 3080, it is based on the same GA102 silicon.

The system is identified by games as an Nvidia A10G, a server-class product with 9216 CUDA cores versus 8704 on the standard RTX 3080.

The 10GB12GB variants of the desktop GPU are easily outclassed by the cloud-based variant’s 24GB of GDDR6 memory – a pleasant surprise.

The A10G, however, as a server-based product, may run at lower clock speeds, and its lower-bandwidth GDDR6 memory will almost certainly have an impact.

Performance analysis, image quality breakdown, and comparisons with Google Stadia and Microsoft’s xCloud are all included in this in-depth look at GeForce Now’s RTX 3080 premium tier.

The performance of this enviable hardware is limited to 1440p at 120Hz on a PC (or 1600p for MacBook streaming, strangely enough), with 4K HDR available only through an Nvidia Shield.

We’re crossing our fingers that Nvidia lifts the 4K restriction, allowing PCs with the necessary decoding power to enjoy the same experience as Shield owners.

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