Good news for anybody who has been looking to get their hands on a new Nvidia graphics card – Nvidia has announced two new cards are coming to the market.
Well, “new” as in these cards are Ti versions of the Ampere powered 3000 series GPUs launched last year.
The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti and RTX 3070 Ti are those new cards and on paper things look, tempting. Nvidia hasn’t detailed it’s GPU specs completely, but we have pieced together the chart below with information from The Verge and TechPowerUp.
|RTX 3090||RTX 3080 Ti||RTX 3080||RTX 3070 Ti|
|Memory||24GB GDDR6X||12GB GDDR6X||10GB GDDR6X||8GB GDDR6X|
|Bandwidth||936 GB/s||912 GB/s||760 GB/s||608.3 GB/s|
On paper then the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti is rather close to an RTX 3090 although the former is the same size as the RTX 3080. That’s not saying much as both of those GPUs are massive but the RTX 3080 is slightly less massive.
The power bump is also interesting and we’re curious to see how this impacts the heat the RTX 3080 Ti kicks out.
According to The Verge, Nvidia will nerf cryptocurrency mining on these GPUs so maybe they won’t be scooped up on launch day by an army of bots. Wishful thinking we know.
Speaking of launch day, the RTX 3080 Ti launches this week on 3rd June but we doubt South Africa will be in line for the first day of launch. The RTX 3070 Ti launches on 10th June for $599.
Those price points are a nice suggestion but given how wildly prices have differed in the wild we’re not hopeful real pricing will mirror those announced by Nvidia.
ASUS, Colorful, EVGA, Gainward, Galax, GIGABYTE, Inno3D, MSI, Palit, PNY, Zotac and other regional providers around the world will have custom boards ready for purchase at launch as well Nvidia said.
There’s also the question of stock. A quick glance at Evetech here in South Africa will reveal the only GPUs you can purchase from the Nvidia stable are a GeForce GT 710 2GB and a GeForce GT730 LP.
Nvidia may have launched new GPUs but the real test is getting those GPUs into the hands of users and given past experiences, we’re not all that hopeful this will happen.