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Rent an RTX 3080 in the Cloud With New GeForce Now Plan

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A new cloud-gaming plan lets you stream RTX 3080 graphics to any device.

 

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If you want to play games on an RTX 3080 card, but can't find one for sale or afford to build a PC worthy of one of the best graphics cards, Nvidia's GeForce Now has a solution. The cloud gaming service is adding a new plan that allows you to stream games from an RTX 3080-enabled server for up to eight hours a day. Available for pre-order today with the launch soon, the GeForce Now RTX 3080 plan will cost $99 for six months (around $16.67 per month) and run at up to 1440p resolution with 120 fps on computers or 4K HDR 60 fps on Shield TV.

The new plan promises sub-60ms latency, which Nvidia says is quicker than Xbox Series X and Project xCloud, both of which are over 90ms. The Premium tier's RTX 2080 card promises a solid latency of 81ms itself.

 

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So, this essentially means that anyone who signs up for this will get a dedicated 300 for them in the cloud? From what I gather, yes. But it isn't super clear to me. It should be noted that, for now at least, this top tier plan is limited, so if you want to get it, I suggest you hurry. It should also be noted that there will be a time limit of 8hrs (an increase over the other plans) apparently and there are other requirements as outlined here:

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If you're going to sign up for GeForce Now's RTX 3080 plan, expect to use more bandwidth than on the other plans. Nvidia requires at least 25 Mbps for 1080p 60 fps play and, using the RTX 3080 plan to move up to 1440p will require 35 Mbps. Nvidia requires that you connect over Ethernet or 5 GHz Wi-Fi.

All-in-all tho, it might make sense in the current tech climate, but eh, I'm not really inclined to getting it.

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7 minutes ago, J-from-Nucleon said:

for up to eight hours a day

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Well, way cheaper than buying non-existent cards anyways. Sadly isn't available in my region (so far, only XCloud is available, and works super well).

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run at up to 1440p resolution with 120 fps on computers or 4K HDR 60 fps on Shield TV.

IMO if you're running that low you don't really need a 3080, as that is more like 3070 class performance, before you consider the degradation from streaming.

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Ah yes, buttery smooth 120 fps with 10 frames of input lag. All the performance of a 3080 with the experience of playing on a TV without a game mode.

 

Mice and any latency have never gotten along for me. Controllers are fine, but mouse control feels like you're controlling the game via rubber band.

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$99/mo + 100Mbps internet connection + living somewhere that internet speed exists + being close to the server because throughtput isn't everything

 

Quick maffs done, getting a card is cheaper.

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1 minute ago, Caroline said:

$99/mo

For 6 months, i think it's a good deal.

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1 hour ago, porina said:

IMO if you're running that low you don't really need a 3080, as that is more like 3070 class performance, before you consider the degradation from streaming.

I use my 3080 to play Quake 1 on a 1440p 165hz Monitor. :V

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39 minutes ago, CerealExperimentsLain said:

I use my 3080 to play Quake 1 on a 1440p 165hz Monitor. :V

Still a better experience than Fallout 76 

 

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, porina said:

MO if you're running that low you don't really need a 3080, as that is more like 3070 class performance, before you consider the degradation from streaming.

For one freakin year now I just want to able to run games in 4K at 60Hz. No more, no less. The frustration is so damn real.

 

I can do now. By spending 1500 on a LHR limited card. FML.

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Make GPU's too expensive for normal people to buy them so their only option is to invest in a subscription plan?

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8 minutes ago, kuddlesworth9419 said:

Make GPU's too expensive for normal people to buy them so their only option is to invest in a subscription plan?

nvidia is not making them too hard to buy, global supply is making ti too hard

 

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56 minutes ago, CerealExperimentsLain said:

I use my 3080 to play Quake 1 on a 1440p 165hz Monitor. :V

On the implication you play that at 165fps, you can't do that with the streamed 3080 service. 

 

14 minutes ago, Dracarris said:

For one freakin year now I just want to able to run games in 4K at 60Hz. No more, no less. The frustration is so damn real.

 

I can do now. By spending 1500 on a LHR limited card. FML.

I bought a used 2080 Ti which was at that level until I got a 3070. Exact performance varies with game and settings of course, but I'd put the 3070 as a 4k60 class card with at least a high quality setting. 

 

Earlier today I did a random scan online to see if anything is available. Saw a 3080 Ti for about £1300 thinking it was looking good, until I remember that it was £1300. That was about launch low pricing, and it only looks good compared to even higher priced offerings. Doesn't matter now, it's all sold out again.

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2 hours ago, J-from-Nucleon said:

the GeForce Now RTX 3080 plan will cost $99 for six months

so, $200 a year, and the 3080 costs $700. Assuming you can resale it for $100 in 3 to 5 years (which seems reasonable even based on pre-covid number), that means you'd break even after 3 years. So if you plan to use it for longer than 3 years, its a bad deal. If you plan to use it for less than that, its a good deal.

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8 minutes ago, poochyena said:

so, $200 a year, and the 3080 costs $700. Assuming you can resale it for $100 in 3 to 5 years (which seems reasonable even based on pre-covid number), that means you'd break even after 3 years. So if you plan to use it for longer than 3 years, its a bad deal. If you plan to use it for less than that, its a good deal.

Well, also assuming you don't need to game for over 8 hours a day. Which isn't unreasonable I suppose, I mean I barely get time to play less than that in a week

 

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I have to wonder about practicalities too.

 

For example, 8 hour a day limit. Might be ok for casual gamers, but if you want to binge on a weekend for example, that might not cut it. Would they just cut you off, or put you on a lower tier? If it was averaged over a longer time than a day that wont be a problem.

 

Following from that, if they over-provision the service so that no one will ever have to wait, they will potentially have idle hardware, which wont be good for business. I suppose it could be repurposed for lower tier service? For instance, a 3080 is equivalent in performance to two 3060, if vram limits don't come into play. The GPUs would likely have to be regionally serviced for latency, so allowing them to be used globally to make better use of different time zones might not work so great. There may also be a risk you can't have a GPU when you want at busy times, for example, if there is a major title launch and everyone wants to play it.

 

None of that is a problem if you can get your own GPU. If.

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2 hours ago, porina said:

On the implication you play that at 165fps, you can't do that with the streamed 3080 service. 

 

I bought a used 2080 Ti which was at that level until I got a 3070. Exact performance varies with game and settings of course, but I'd put the 3070 as a 4k60 class card with at least a high quality setting. 

 

Earlier today I did a random scan online to see if anything is available. Saw a 3080 Ti for about £1300 thinking it was looking good, until I remember that it was £1300. That was about launch low pricing, and it only looks good compared to even higher priced offerings. Doesn't matter now, it's all sold out again.

Wait you bought a 2080ti then a 3070? Why? I guess if you could sell the 2080ti for a good price and then buy the 3070 it might be worth but the 2080ti and the 3070 have very similar performance so it's not like the 3070 is an upgrade over the 2080ti. 

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3 hours ago, HelpfulTechWizard said:

nvidia is not making them too hard to buy, global supply is making ti too hard

 

then how will NVIDIA buy the GPUs? From the stock that would be otherwise sold to gamers...

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4 hours ago, Dracarris said:

For one freakin year now I just want to able to run games in 4K at 60Hz. No more, no less. The frustration is so damn real.

 

I can do now. By spending 1500 on a LHR limited card. FML.

Keep seeing cards get into nordic countries, wouldnt be suprised if you could ship said cards to other places in the world.. Non-LHR cards do exists..

But ive noticed half the market now in norway is LHR 😞

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8 hours ago, poochyena said:

so, $200 a year, and the 3080 costs $700. Assuming you can resale it for $100 in 3 to 5 years (which seems reasonable even based on pre-covid number), that means you'd break even after 3 years. So if you plan to use it for longer than 3 years, its a bad deal. If you plan to use it for less than that, its a good deal.

You're applying pre-covid numbers, which is impossible to reach in the near future.

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It is a 3080 “tier” membership. It doesn’t run on a 3080 and you don’t get your own dedicated GPU.

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15 minutes ago, suicidalfranco said:

you will own nothing and  you will be happy

This. Its crazy how people don't see what's happening right infront of their noses,

 

The line between a product and a service is being redrawn with products being almost entirely eliminated. The only winners are the businesses who granted, don't make as much upfront but they do get a sweet recurring payment that can go on for, well indefinitely while the consumers gets to give all their money to buinesses in order to rent a product they could just buy outright, they have no ownership rights, no control over and restrictions imposed on the products use that don't exist otherwise.

 

It used to be that if you liked a product you could just buy it, now if you like a product you have to commit to a 12 month service subscription and pay for access to a load of stuff you really don't want.

 

12 hours ago, HelpfulTechWizard said:

nvidia is not making them too hard to buy, global supply is making ti too hard

 

Semantics. Nvidia have ultimate control over who can and can't buy their products and they can somehow find enough of them to start a rental service while to everyone else they are rocking horse shit.

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