Zotac Thinks That Nvidia Will Make a GeForce RTX 3090 Ti

GeForce RTX 3090
GeForce RTX 3090 (Image credit: Nvidia)

If Zotac's Firestorm software is to be trusted, the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti might not be the only Ti SKU that Nvidia releases this generation: Twitter user Japanese PC mania has discovered references to a GeForce RTX 3090 Ti and GeForce RTX 3070 Ti baked into the software.

The GeForce RTX 3080 Ti is surely one of Nvidia's worst kept secrets. Everything relevant to the Ampere graphics card's specifications pricing is already out in public; we've even seen photographs of GeForce RTX 3080 Ti pallets making their way to U.S. retailers. The GeForce RTX 3080 Ti's pricing is undefined, but the general expectation is between $999 and $1,099.

We haven't heard anything about the GeForce RTX 3090 Ti before today's discovery, though. The GeForce RTX 3090 already blurs the line between a GeForce SKU and a Titan SKU. We're not sure that a GeForce RTX 3090 Ti would fit into Nvidia's Ampere product stack at this time. Nvidia is very proud of its Titan graphics cards, so it's pretty much a given that we will see an Ampere Titan down the line. If Nvidia makes the GeForce RTX 3090 Ti, we don't think there will be a Titan and vice versa. However, only time will tell.

GeForce RTX 3090 Ti, RTX 3080 Ti, RTX 3070 Ti (Image credit: Tom's Hardware)

The GeForce RTX 3070 Ti reportedly features the full GA104 silicon with a total of 6,144 CUDA cores. The GeForce RTX 3070 Ti would potentially arrive with 8GB of GDDR6 memory. It'll be interesting to see how it stacks up against the GeForce RTX 3080, more importantly, the Radeon RX 6800 XT.

Zotac's image files for the GeForce RTX 3090 Ti, RTX 3080 Ti, and RTX 3070 Ti were previously hidden inside a folder in the Firestorm directory. Surprisingly, the files are dated April 21, so they are pretty fresh. The inclusion of the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti and RTX 3070 Ti lends credence to the rumor that the new Ampere graphics cards are right around the corner.

If the time frames are accurate, both the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti and GeForce RTX 3070 Ti should be announced on May 31. The NDA for product reviews should lift on June 2 and June 9, respectively. The actual product launch, on the other hand, is still a mystery. As for the GeForce RTX 3090 Ti, let's treat it as a unicorn for now.

Zhiye Liu
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Zhiye Liu is a Freelance News Writer at Tom’s Hardware US. Although he loves everything that’s hardware, he has a soft spot for CPUs, GPUs, and RAM.

  • Metal Messiah.
    I don't think Nvidia needs to really push such a high-end gaming GPU to the market. The RTX 3090 Ti makes very little sense in this context, imo. Even if they manage to push, it's going to be priced ridiculously.

    And like you already mentioned. it would make more sense for NVIDIA to out of TITAN-grade GPU instead of a consumer variant in the stack.

    PS: Btw, I really like reading your articles, @Zhiye Liu. Keep it up. :) (y)
  • Phaaze88
    There's still yet to be an Ampere Titan, but that one might not happen.
    All the other Titans have managed a 250-300w power profile, with the outlier Volta pushing 320w.
    Samsung's 8nm node has bitten Nvidia in the power efficiency department. Perhaps next gen will improve upon that.

    Ampere Titan - if one happens:
    48GBs GDDR6X?
    TDP - 350w? 400w? The hottest Titan yet?

    Yeah, I wouldn't count on a 3090Ti.
  • hannibal
    One posibility is that 3090 is not full die and if 102 gains are getting better 3090ti may get few extra compared to normal 3090… msrp $3500?
  • spongiemaster
    There isn't going to be a Titan. Jensen said the 3090 was replacing it when the original announcement took place. There could still be a 3090Ti as the 3090 isn't a full GA102 die. They could also boost memory speed to 21gbps which was the originally announced top speed for GDDR6X. Even with both increases, the improvement isn't going to be noteworthy over a 3090. However, Nvidia did something similar in the past with the Titan X Pascal getting succeeded by the barely faster second Pascal based Titan Xp.
  • Phaaze88
    The 3090's replacing it, even though the Titans would have their own driver packages?
    I saw Linus' review of the 3090(there's that notable double take at the SpecViewperf bench followed by a statement from Nvidia), as well as a certain "You're being misled" video by Jim(formerly of AdoredTV), which probably wasn't well received.

    The 3090 may as well be the true 3080Ti, and the 3080Ti that some people are looking forward to is actually a 3080 Super.
    Previous xx90s, GTX 590 and 690, were dual gpu. 3090 isn't - not to say they couldn't just change what makes a xx90 on a whim, but it's been awhile since the naming popped up. Why xx90 now?