The rumors come from VideoCardz and leaker @kopite7kimi, so take them with the usual dose of salt. The first is regarding a new version of the RTX 3080 that will use the GA102-220 GPU, come with 12GB GDDR6X memory, and use a 384-bit memory bus, possibly suggesting that the vanilla RTX 3080 with its 10GB of VRAM will be discontinued.
What should Nvidia do to aid individuals who can’t afford or locate its products, given the chip scarcity that is causing so much trouble for those seeking to update their graphics card? Perhaps it should concentrate on the manufacture of its present low- to mid-tier offerings? According to reports, AMD will introduce a plethora of new Ampere cards, ranging from the RTX 3050 to the RTX 3090 Ti.
It’s unclear whether the new RTX 3080 will carry the Super or Ti moniker, though the former seems more likely, given that there’s already an RTX 3080 Ti that uses the GA102-250 GPU. As with previous Super cards, we can expect to see around a 5% to 10% performance gain compared to the standard RTX 3080.
these are all rumors, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see Nvidia announce a slew of new SKUs as part of a mid-life refresh for Ampere in January. But consumers frustrated at high prices and near-zero availability are unlikely to be overjoyed at the prospect of the company further complicating its lineup with a series of new cards that offer slightly more memory/performance. And we’re still going to struggle to find them, anyway.
Another rumor claims that a desktop RTX 3050 Ti is in the works with a GA106-150-A1 GPU. It will feature 3,072 FP32 cores and either 6GB or 12GB GDDR6 with a 192-bit bus interface, making it significantly more powerful than the laptop version. Kopite7kimi also believes there will be a non-Ti version that uses the GA107-350-A1 GPU (2,304 FP32 cores) and a 90W TGP.
After a brief period during which their prices fell, the latest graphics cards from both Nvidia and AMD have been on the rise since early August. In the case of team red, its RDNA 2 series is now 83% over MSRP on average.