Nvidia’s reportedly planning to launch an RTX 3080 Ti graphics card in January 2021

Nvidia's reportedly planning to launch an RTX 3080 Ti graphics card in January 2021

Nvidia’s reportedly planning to launch an RTX 3080 Ti graphics card in January 2021

Rumour has it that Nvidia plans to launch a new graphics card called the RTX 3080 Ti in January 2021, combatting AMD’s Radeon RX 6900 XT. According to Videocardz, this SKU does exist within Nvidia’s roadmap but noted that these roadmaps are subject to change. 

Sources at HKEPC and @koptite7kimi have claimed that this new graphics card will feature 10,496 CUDA cores, 20GB of GDDR6X VRAM and draw 320 watts of power. The fact that these two sources match lends credence to these rumours, though this is far from a full confirmation of these reports. 

Nvidia’s RTX 3080 Ti will reportedly lack support for NVLINK, a factor which further differentiated Nvidia’s rumoured RTX 3080 Ti from their RTX 3090. The RTX 3090’s wider memory bus, its higher power limit and 4Gb of additional VRAM should also give it a clear performance advantage. That said, the RTX 3090’s performance lead over the RTX 3080 is already small in many cases. 

AMD has no plans to release higher-end Radeon graphics cards in January, making the RTX 3080 Ti Nvidia’s opportunity to reassert itself within the GPU market amidst this resurgence of AMD’s Radeon brand. We expect Nvidia to price their RTX 3080 Ti at around $999, closely matching AMD’s RX 6900 XT. 

If these reported RTX 3080 Ti specifications are correct, Nvidia will have made their RTX 3090 graphics card practically irrelevant to the wider consumer market. For most users, the RTX 3090’s additional VRAM, memory bandwidth and higher power target will be of little consequence, as will the GPU’s lack of NVLINK support. 

   

  RTX 3090  Rumoured RTX 3080 Ti RTX 3080 RTX 3070 Leaked RTX 3060 Ti
Node 8nm 8nm 8nm 8nm 8nm
CUDA Cores 10496 10496 8704 5888 4864 
Base Clock 1.4 GHz ?? 1.44 GHz 1.5 GHz 1.41 GHz
Boost Clock 1.7 GHz ?? 1.71 GHz 1.73 GHz 1.665 GHz 
Single-Precision
Performance
35.7 TFLOPS ?? 29.8 TFLOPS 20.4 TFLOPS 16.2 TFLOPS
Memory 24GB GDDR6X 20GB GDDR6 10GB GDDR6X 8GB GDDR6 8GB GDDR6 
Memory Speed 19.5 Gbps 19 Gbps 19 Gbps 14 Gbps 14 Gbps
Memory Bus 384-bit 320-bit 320-bit 256-bit 256-bit
TGP 350W 320W 320W 220W ??
Recommended PSU 750W 750W 750W 650W ??
NVLINK Supported
Pricing (US) $1,499 ?? $699 $499 ??
Pricing (UK) £1,399 ?? £649 £469 ??

Nvidia's reportedly planning to launch an RTX 3080 Ti graphics card in January 2021  
AMD’s Radeon RX 6000 series is due to launch as strong competitors to Nvidia’s Ampere lineup, injecting some much-needed competition into the GPU market. Competition could get even tighter in 2021, as Intel plans to launch their first gaming-oriented discrete graphics market.

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