VideoCardz has shared alleged images of Nvidia's approaching GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Founders Edition graphics card, so it looks like we'll have a new contender for our list of Best Graphics Cards soon. The new Ampere offering looks like a carbon copy of the existing GeForce RTX 3080.
Nvidia didn't do much with the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Founders Edition — it appears that the chipmaker literally only added the "Ti" moniker to the GeForce RTX 3080's shroud. The graphics card still retains the same dual-slot design, which raises the question of how the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti will dissipate the extra heat.
The GeForce RTX 3080 is rated for 320W, and the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti is rumored to conform within the 350W limit, the same as the flagship GeForce RTX 3090. However, the GeForce RTX 3090 features a triple-slot cooler to keep the heat under control. It'll be interesting to see what the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti's cooling system can do with 350W.
The GeForce RTX 3080 Ti will still draw its power from Nvidia's 12-pin PCIe power connector. It's more than enough to provide the necessary power for the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti. If you're not a fan of the connector, a simple adapter is enough to solve your problems. As always, custom GeForce RTX 3080 Ti models will stick with the conventional 6-pin and 8-pin PCIe power connectors. In terms of power requirements, the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti is perfectly fine with a 750W power supply unit on mainstream systems.
By now, it shouldn't come as a surprise that the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti will potentially offer the same number and type of display outputs as the GeForce RTX 3080 or GeForce RTX 3090. If you've forgotten, the mix of outputs includes three DisplayPort 1.4a outputs and one standard HDMI 2.1 port.
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti should perform very similarly to the GeForce RTX 3090. The graphics card has already appeared in a GPU-Z submission where its specifications were completely exposed. The only missing piece to the puzzle is pricing, which we may find out on May 31 if Nvidia's recent GeForce teaser is legit.
I'd like to see Nvidia set the MSRP of these very high until they stay in stock regularly.
If at anypoint nvidia decides that there is more money in selling cards to crypto miners than there is to sell to gamers, and if they can find stability in doing so, I would not be surprised if they started moving to sell cards to miners over gamers.