Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti: Release date, news and rumors
Will we get a higher-end graphics card?
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti with 12GB VRAM could be a reality soon. It seems that today it is the most popular video card that does not yet exist. It seems like every single day we hear another leak or rumor about a supposed trade-off between the RTX 3090 and RTX 3080. But given the fact that the RTX 3080 remains the best graphics card of all time to date, and also looking at the scarcity of graphics cards, we believe that no one will be able to buy the new 3080 Ti anyway, which gives Nvidia good reason to not release the 3080 Ti. Are there any reasons for this?
The RTX 3060 is really all you need to look at. This is Nvidia’s mid-range graphics card, released in February 2021 by the manufacturer, which has more video memory than the flagship RTX 3080, which probably looks mediocre on the store shelves. And as game textures get more complex, you’ll need over 10GB of VRAM, it’s only a matter of time, especially at 4K resolution.
Alas, at the moment we still don’t know when or if Nvidia plans to launch the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti at all. However, at the moment there is a sea of leaks and rumors that we are collecting in this article so that you can follow the drama from the front row as it unfolds.
- What’s this? Next high-end Nvidia graphics card;
- When to expect? Probably April or May, but who knows?
- How much will it cost? Unknown, but not cheap;
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NVIDIA GEFORCE RTX 3080 TI: RELEASE DATE
Rumors about the upcoming release date of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti flooded the net. We have heard about dates from October 2020 to May 2021. The first date obviously turned out to be false, but the graphics card was supposed to be released to stifle competition from the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT and RX 6900 XT. It turns out that this was not necessary.
Rumors are currently circulating that the graphics card will launch in April 2021. However, we’ve finally reached that deadline, but haven’t heard anything concrete from Nvidia so far. The green team released the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti quietly in December 2020, so it’s possible something similar will happen this time around.
Either way, it’s likely that Nvidia won’t announce the RTX 3080 Ti until it’s ready for sale. Given the ongoing shortage of GPUs, it’s unlikely that the company is preparing a big promotion around yet another high-performance graphics card.
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NVIDIA GEFORCE RTX 3080 TI: PRICES
Despite the many rumors that have been circulating around the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti graphics card, almost none of them have touched on the price of the video card. And, most likely, not just like that.
At the moment, given how difficult it is to get a new graphics card, and with OEMs constantly raising prices, it’s hard to pinpoint the price point for the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti. But the graphics card will probably be expensive.
Existing leaks and rumors indicate that the RTX 3080 Ti will be very similar to the RTX 3090, only with half the video memory. The recommended retail price of this video card is $1499 (112000r + VAT), and the actual sale price is much higher.
If we were to guess right now, relying solely on rumors, we’d say it would land in the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti price bracket, which retailed for $1199 in the Founders Edition (90000r + VAT).
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RTX 3080 TI SPECIFICATIONS
Since Nvidia hasn’t announced the specs of the RTX 3080 Ti yet, we have no idea what the graphics card’s capabilities are. But this does not mean that they are not discussed on the network, there are enough assumptions.
The most controversial characteristic so far is video memory. We initially expected the RTX 3080 Ti to offer 20GB of GDDR6X VRAM due to the 320-bit memory interface on the RTX 3080. However, the latest rumors point to the RTX 3080 Ti with 12GB of VRAM, the same as the RTX 3060.
This points to a 384-bit memory bus, but one wonders why Nvidia then limited it to 12 GB instead of 24 GB. Because when Nvidia released the GeForce RTX 3060, the spokesperson explained that the reason the graphics card was equipped with 12 GB of VRAM instead of 6 GB, which is better suited for a 1080p card, is Nvidia’s desire to give users the maximum amount of VRAM available to the bus in order to extend the relevance of the initial line of video cards.
We’re not saying that the rumors about the RTX 3080 Ti with 12GB of VRAM are wrong – in fact, they’re probably true – but the whole approach seems contradictory to Nvidia, which equips the 3060 with the same amount of memory.
Given that all competing Nvidia graphics cards run on 16GB of VRAM, a flagship with less VRAM is unlikely. Keep in mind that we also considered the 3090 a fake, so we could be wrong.
Again, the GPU supposedly powering the RTX 3080 Ti drives the RTX 3090, so limiting VRAM to 12GB could be a way to make the RTX 3080 Ti a more affordable version of the RTX 3090 – most gamers just don’t want the amount of VRAM that the 3090 offers. .
But another rumor refutes this, suggesting that the RTX 3080 Ti will get 10240 CUDA cores instead of the 10496 cores that match the RTX 3090 specification.
Even if the RTX 3080 Ti gets cut to 10240 cores, it will be a significant step up from the 8704 cores on the RTX 3080, making the RTX 3080 Ti an exceptional monster at 1080p.