NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti appears on GPU-Z, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti with 12GB GDDR6X also reportedly on the way
We are only a few hours from the launch of the AMD Radeon RX 6000 series graphics cards, so these cards are probably pretty apt in terms of timing. The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti has just appeared on GPU-Z, while details of what might be the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti was tweeted by @kopite7kimi.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti
This is probably the more legit of the two leaks, as it appeared on GPU-Z validation, instead of being just a tweet. The GeForce RTX 3060 (Ti) has also been in the rumor mill for quite some time already, because NVIDIA definitely needs something to slot in below the GeForce RTX 3070 to better capture market share.
Speaking of which, the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti is slated to sport 4864 CUDA cores, or 38 SMs. That’s eight less than the GeForce RTX 3070, which might actually allow the former card to come pretty close to NVIDIA’s $499 offering. NVIDIA will even be giving it a 256-bit memory bus connected to 8GB of GDDR6 memory.
The GeForce RTX 3060 Ti might be on a lower bin of the GA104 though, with boost clocks being set at 1665MHz. Of course, these might not be the finalized boost clocks yet, but that does seem pretty low for such a small GPU. Perhaps NVIDIA wanted to prevent it from cannibalizing the GeForce RTX 3070, although we can probably expect overclocked partner cards pushing similar levels of performance at the lower resolutions. This card is slated to slot in the sub-$400 price bracket.
The existence of this card will definitely put the GeForce RTX 3070 in a rather tight spot, with a GeForce RTX 3070 Ti also reportedly on the way, based on the GA102 GPU.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Specs *rumored*
|Cores||4864 CUDA cores
152 Tensor Cores
38 RT Cores
|Clocks||Base Clock: 1410MHz
Boost Clock: 1665MHz
256-bit memory bus
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
While the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti will slot in below the GeForce RTX 3070, the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti is going to sit above the GeForce RTX 3080. It is expected to pack 78 SMs for a total of 9984 CUDA cores. The GeForce RTX 3080 packs 68 SMs, while the GeForce RTX 3090 serves up 82 SMs, so the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti will end up being much closer to the GeForce RTX 3090 than the GeForce RTX 3080 it shares its name with.
Considering that the GeForce RTX 3090 is marketed as a Titan-class product from NVIDIA, it isn’t too surprising. NVIDIA has regularly put out x80 Ti products that offer significantly better value, and on occasion, better gaming performance, than their Titan series offerings. They have consistently done this to counter AMD’s new releases, regardless whether the AMD flagship cards posed a threat to their existing flagship model, probably just as a show of dominance.
Jesus. A new spec of GA102, between 3080 and 3090.
— kopite7kimi4virgil (@kopite7kimi) October 27, 2020
With that said, the upcoming GeForce RTX 3080 Ti is slated to pack just 12GB of GDDR6X fed by a 384-bit memory bus, which will limit its capabilities when it comes to memory intensive applications. In gaming, the difference shouldn’t be too noticeable at all. The spot between the GeForce RTX 3090 and GeForce RTX 3080 is a rather good one, as there’s a $800 gap between the GeForce RTX 3080 and the GeForce RTX 3090.
However what would be more interesting to see is the performance gap, as there was little difference between a well-overclocked GeForce RTX 3080 and a GeForce RTX 3090 even at 4K, so this card will most probably deliver GeForce RTX 3090 levels of performance for less money.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Specs *rumored*
|Cores||9984 CUDA cores
312 Tensor Cores
78 RT Cores
384-bit memory bus
As usual, take all rumors with a pinch of salt. But if you don’t desperately need a new graphics card, I would definitely advise holding on to your money to wait out the barrage of options that will arrive from both AMD and NVIDIA this year.
Pokdepinion: The GeForce RTX 3060 Ti and GeForce RTX 3080 Ti are interesting for different reasons, and that’s great news for everyone.