In case there weren’t enough models, Nvidia prepares a 12GB RTX 3080 for January

It seems that we will have more models of RTX cards than the 30, since NVIDIA has just informed the partners that they will have a new version of the famous GeForce RTX 3080. The model that will carry a GA102-220 GPU would be equipped with a GDDR6X memory 12GB, a 2GB upgrade over the existing 10GB RTX 3080.

As far as it is known the new RTX 3080 with 12 GB will not have an improvement in the number of CUDA, however, this has not yet been confirmed. An upgrade to 12GB memory will require a larger memory bus, increasing the maximum bandwidth in the process. However, this will depend on the speed of memory, which is still unknown. It’s worth noting that the GA102-220 GPU was first mentioned by @ kopite7kimi last week.

Why is NVIDIA releasing a 12GB RTX 3080 model right now when there are already plans for the 16GB RTX 3070 Ti?

Obviously the first question that arises is, why is NVIDIA releasing a 12GB RTX 3080 model right now when there are already plans for the 16GB RTX 3070 Ti? We don’t know, but it appears that NVIDIA is focusing on memory bandwidth rather than capacity.

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The card was added to the launch scheduled for January 2022 alongside the 16GB GeForce RTX 3090 Ti and RTX 3070 Ti. NVIDIA will also have an RTX 2060 with 12GB of memory, which will use the PCB layout of the RTX 2060 SUPER.

The RTX 30 “Ampere” lineup is getting a bit confusing, with up to six different consumer GA102 variants and six GA104 GPUs. However, we hope to hear more about the updated RTX 3090, 3080 and 3070 Ti models soon.

Source: Videocardz