CES 2021 has gone digital, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t big announcements happening. Nvidia has had a strong few months with the release of the RTX 30 Series, offering a huge jump in performance compared to the RTX 20 Series, but the reveal of an RTX-themed CES event suggests Nvidia isn’t done just yet.
Here’s all you need to know about the Nvidia CES 2021 event, including when and how to watch it live and what to expect too.
When does the Nvidia CES 2021 event begin?
Nvidia has confirmed that the virtual GeForce RTX: Game on event is due to kick off today, 12 January 2021 at 9am PST, or 5pm GMT for those of us tuning in from the UK.
How can I watch the Nvidia CES 2021 event live?
With CES – and just about every other conference – taking a virtual approach for the foreseeable future, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Nvidia’s CES 2021 event will be a virtual one, meaning you can watch comfortably from home.
You can tune in via the Nvidia website, and it’s probable that the company will simultaneously stream the event on its YouTube channel too. For virtual attendees of CES 2021, there should be a stream available via the CES 2021 portal.
We've embedded the video at the top of this article, so simply bookmark this page and head back later today to see what Nvidia has planned for 2021.
What should I expect from Nvidia at CES 2021?
The big question is, what will Nvidia announce at the event? After all, it has released a swathe of RTX 30 Series GPUs over the past few months. While Nvidia has kept tight-lipped officially, its leakier than a sinking ship, with detailed rumours giving us a good idea of what to expect from the RTX-themed announcement.
First up, there are whispers that Nvidia is working on a cheaper GPU to cater to the budget end of the PC market – considering the cheapest 30 Series GPU is £369 in the UK, it’s a gap that needs filling. Rumours suggest it’ll either come in the form of an RTX 3050 or 3060, with the latter making more sense considering there’s a 3060 Ti, but no 3060.
There’s also rumoured to be a souped-up version of the standard RTX 3080, dubbed the RTX 3080 Ti, announced at the showcase. VideoCardz claims that Asus had accidentally detailed the RTX 3080 Ti GPU on its graphics card support page, but this has since been taken down. Igor’s Lab also suggests the 3080 Ti is coming, although it’s suggested that it won’t actually be available until February, following the Chinese New Year.
The biggest news, however, is rumoured to be the announcement of the RTX 30 Series GPUs for laptops. The announcement could potentially see the reveal of mobile versions of the RTX 3060 Ti, 3070 and 3080, which could bring similar performance boosts to laptops that desktop PCs have been enjoying for the past few months. If leaker @TUM_APISAK is to be believed, Nvidia is working on a mobile variant of the RTX 3080 with a whopping 16GB of VRAM, which could make it one of the most powerful consumer-facing mobile GPUs available.
The topics of discussion were seemingly confirmed by Nvidia itself in a teaser posted to Twitter. The short clip includes reference to gaming laptops, hinting at the RTX 3000 mobile GPUs, and the RTX logo suggests there's going to be a desktop-themed announcement too. You can take a look at the teaser here:
We’ve not got long to wait now! What do you want to see from the GeForce RTX: Game on event? Let us know on Twitter.