RTX 3080Ti: Confirmation of rumours or smoke curtain?
If we give credence to the latest rumours coming from certain manufacturers, Nvidia will launch a new high-end GPU next January. This new card would be positioned between the current RTX 3080 and the 3090.
This card should be the RTX 3080 Ti. It would use the GA102-250-KD-A1 GPU which, oddly enough, would have the same number of cores as the GeForce RTX 3090, which is 10496 Cuda core and would be accompanied by a 20Gb GDDR6X VRAM.
Nvidia’s answer to the RX 6900XT which arrives on December 8th with a price of $999 would be this 3080Ti which would also be positioned at $999 but with 20Gb.
We have not been able to confirm the existence of this map with our sources today. Videocardz seems to give credit to this information even though they acknowledge that Nvidia has already changed their road maps several times in the last few weeks.
Our colleagues are taking the opportunity to publish a summary table of the RTX 30XX range by integrating this potential new board.
An outing in January is difficult to envisage?
If the arrival of an RTX 3080Ti is clearly conceivable, if only considering the space left between the 3080 and the 3090 by Nvidia, an arrival in a few weeks seems hard to believe. This is our reasoning :
- The supply situation is still just as dismal on the current maps and the arrivals of the 3070, 3060Ti and 3060 references, which must be the “fat” of the market, are already severely disrupted.
- The release of a $999 RTX 3080Ti should lead to a drop in the 3080 only a few weeks after its release. An admission of failure for Nvidia and above all a very bad signal sent to the customers who bought this card with their eyes closed after the greens’ announcements.
- The maturity of the Samsung process does not seem to be found yet. Either we have to wait until the second quarter at least, or a return of part of the Ampere production at TSMC.
But we also keep in mind Nvidia’s behaviour and communication over the last few months… A paper launch, without stock is therefore not to be excluded. An option that would further disrupt the market and the chameleon’s relations with its partners…