Nvidia Announces New RTX 3080 Ti, Priced at $1,199 and Launched June 3

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Nvidia today unveiled its latest flagship gaming GPU, the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti. Based on Nvidia’s latest Ampere architecture, the RTX 3080 Ti will succeed the RTX 3080 and promises to deliver 1.5x more performance than the previous generation RTX 2080 Ti. Nvidia will make the RTX 3080 Ti available worldwide on June 3, starting at $1,199.

The RTX 3080 Ti is very similar to the RTX 3080, with an identical design and ports. The main difference is a jump in power and VRAM. The RTX 3080 Ti comes with more VRAM than the RTX 3080, with a total of 12 GB of GDDR6X. This new GPU is essentially as close as possible to an RTX 3090 on paper, with half the VRAM. The price of $1,199 matches the same price Nvidia used for the RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition cards, and it’s $300 less than the massive RTX 3090.

RTX 3080 Ti Specifications

RTX3090 RTX 3080 Ti RTX3080
RTX3090 RTX 3080 Ti RTX3080
GPU clusters 82 80 68
CUDAs 10496 10240 8704
RTs 82 80 68
tensor 328 320 272
ROPs 112 112 96
Boost clock 1695MHz 1665Mhz 1710Mhz
Memory 24GB G6X 12GB G6X 10GB G6X
Bus 384-bit 384-bit 320-bit
Bandwidth 936GB/s 912GB/s 760GB/s
TDP 350W 350W 320W

You obviously lose an extra 12GB of VRAM if you opt for the RTX 3080 Ti over the 3090, and which will likely be a small performance boost for that $300 difference. But the RTX 3090 is gigantic because it has a much larger cooler , and the RTX 3080 Ti shares the same hardware design as the RTX 3080. That may raise concerns about how hot the RTX 3080 Ti will run, but we’ll have to wait for reviews to find out if it’s really an issue.

Nvidia is also incorporating its cryptocurrency nerd on the RTX 3080 Ti, as are new RTX 3080 and RTX 3070 cards. Nvidia instead offers a separate Cryptocurrency Mining Processor (CMP) for Ethereum miners. These cards offer the best mining performance and efficiency, but they are not designed to handle games.

Elsewhere, the RTX 3080 Ti has the same power requirements as the RTX 3090. You’ll need a 750-watt power supply, and the card can draw up to 350 watts of power. That’s the same as the RTX 3090, but the RTX 3080 consumes less to 320 watts. Like the RTX 3080 before it, the 3080 Ti also uses Nvidia’s new 12-pin connector. Nvidia will provide an adapter that is compatible with eight-pin cables.

Nvidia’s RTX 3070 Ti is also arriving this month.

Nvidia is also launching a second GPU next week, the RTX 3070 Ti. Available on June 10, the $599 RTX 3070 Ti is designed to deliver 1.5x more performance than the previous RTX 3070 Super. It will include 8 GB of GDDR6X memory.

Both new RTX cards support all of Nvidia’s ray-tracing, DLSS, and Reflex technologies. More than 50 games now support Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS), which provides AI-powered performance improvements for games.

While both of Nvidia’s new GPUs will be available this month, the actual availability and price will obviously differ. Everyone has had a hard time getting their hands on new RTX 30-series GPUs since their launch last year, and a flagship RTX 3080 Ti and more affordable RTX 3070 Ti won’t help improve that.

A global chip shortage has pushed GPU prices up and demand is still incredibly high amid ongoing supply constraints. Nvidia has already warned that these delivery issues will continue into 2021, so don’t expect to get your hands on an RTX 3080 Ti or RTX 3070 Ti anytime soon.