Nvidia teases GeForce RTX 3080 Ti announcement for May 31

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Nvidia is teasing a GeForce event on May 31, the same day the company reportedly launches its new GeForce RTX 3080 Ti graphics card. A mysterious 11-second teaser video hit Twitter today, simply revealing a GeForce event at 10:00 p.m. PT on May 31 or 1:00 p.m. ET on June 1.

Recent rumors suggest that the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti will be unveiled alongside the RTX 3070 Ti on May 31. The RTX 3080 Ti will reportedly include 12 GB of GDDR6X memory, an increase of 2 GB over what is found on the existing RTX 3080. There are also rumors that there will be a wider 384-bit bus that matches the RTX 3090 – and an increase in memory bandwidth over the RTX 3080..

The new RTX 3080 Ti and RTX 3070 Ti will no doubt include a hash limit for Ethereum cryptocurrency mining. Nvidia recently introduced this limit on newly manufactured RTX 3080 and RTX 3070 cards by providing new cards with a “Lite Hash Rate” or “LHR” identification.

Leaked specs seem to suggest that the RTX 3080 Ti will sit between the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090, offering performance somewhere in between the two. Since the RTX 3090 (on paper at least) retails at $ 1,499, it’s possible the RTX 3080 Ti prices are around $ 1,000.

Not that retail prices really matter, as the street prices of new GPUs are totally out of control. A global chip shortage has pushed GPU prices up and demand is still incredibly high amid persistent supply constraints. Nvidia has already warned these delivery issues will continue in 2021, so the launch of a new RTX 3080 Ti won’t help here.