Nvidia looks set to launch its RTX 3080 Ti graphics card later this month. RTX 3080 Ti cards have reportedly been spotted in recent weeks shipping of pallets, in retail boxes, and now in someone’s hands. VideoCardz has been central to tracking down Nvidia’s rumored RTX 3080 Ti card, and the reports that the GPU will launch on May 31, in addition to the RTX 3070 Ti.
The RTX 3080 Ti will reportedly include 12 GB of GDDR6X memory, an increase of 2 GB over what is found on the RTX 3080. A wider 384-bit bus is rumored to match the RTX 3090 – and an increase in memory bandwidth over the RTX 3080. What all of this means is not quite clear in terms of performance, but it certainly looks like the RTX 3080 Ti will sit comfortably between the RTX 3080 and the RTX 3090.
That might mean looking at another GPU from Nvidia that’s over $ 1,000, but given the scalping prices for the RTX 3080, that’s not exactly unusual right now. VideoCardz saw an MSI 3080 Ti late last week, and today YouTuber Moore’s Law Is Dead now claims to know someone with an unannounced Gigabyte RTX 3080 Ti.
Just to confirm from my side, the RTX 3080 Ti 12GB is definitely real, and is coming soon ™ ️.
I’ve obviously darkened the background to protect someone, but that’s a real 3080 Ti someone I know has in their hands … pic.twitter.com/sn18aNbboa
– Moore’s law is dead (@mooreslawisdead) May 4, 2021
If the reports are accurate, we should get a lot more detail on both the RTX 3080 Ti and the 3070 Ti later this month. It is also rumored that both cards come with the same Ethereum cryptocurrency mining limiter that Nvidia implemented with the RTX 3060. Nvidia accidentally removed this grain with a driver update, before reactivating the hash limiter last week.
Regardless, many people waiting to build PCs now might not get too excited about news of yet another GPU launch. Buying RTX 30 series cards was nearly impossible due to a global chip shortage and huge demand from PC gamers looking to upgrade. Launching yet another GPU won’t solve the supply and demand issues that Nvidia has already warned about in 2021.