Apparently, NVIDIA has finally finally decided on the technical characteristics of the new discrete graphics card for enthusiasts, the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti. Thanks to the post on Twitter, we now know that the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti version is about to be released as a direct competitor to the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT model. The device will receive more memory and a number of improvements over the existing version of the GeForce RTX 3080.
Currently, NVIDIA engineers are working on two new models of GeForce RTX 3080 Ti and GeForce RTX 3070 Ti video cards. Both devices are based on the GA102 GPU. Thanks to the improved technical characteristics, the devices will provide higher performance than their predecessors. We add, earlier it was reported that the initial versions of the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti and GeForce RTX 3070 Ti were canceled, since they did not very well withstand competitors. And this prompted NVIDIA to start developing again and improve the technical characteristics.
According to new data published by user Kopite7kimi, the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti FE (Founders Edition) graphics card will receive a PG133-SKU15 PCB and a GA102-250-KD-A1 GPU. At the same time, the characteristics of the GPU GA102-250 have changed since the publication of the latest information about it. Now this video chip includes 10496 CUDA cores – just like the flagship version of the GeForce RTX 3090. Perhaps, to distinguish it from the GeForce RTX 3090, the GA102-250 GPU for the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti will have lower operating frequencies and disable some functional blocks.
The GDDR6X video memory in the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti model will be 20 GB. The memory is characterized by a speed of 19 Gb / s versus 19.5 Gb / s in the flagship GeForce RTX 3090. Taking into account the 320-bit access bus, the memory bandwidth will be 760 GB / s. The TGP for the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti video card will remain at the same level as the regular version of the GeForce RTX 3080 – 320 watts.
In terms of performance, the new version of NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti should cope with AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT. However, there is no word yet on the price of this model. It is not specified whether NVIDIA will sell the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti version at a higher price, or reduce the price of the regular GeForce RTX 3080 model by assigning its previous price tag to a newer device. Considering that the demand for video cards of the GeForce RTX 30 series is quite high, so far it makes no sense for NVIDIA to reduce the price of existing models. Thus, the price of NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti may be in the range of $ 899-999, which is about $ 250 higher than the cost of AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT.