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Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti Price, Specs, Release Date Apparently Leak

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Weeks after Nvidia introduced its GeForce RTX 3080 graphics card, rumors started to emerge about the company’s alleged plans to unveil a 'Ti' version of the product shortly from then. We are now over half of a year away from the RTX 3080 launch and, according to recent apparent leaks, it looks like the still-unannounced GeForce RTX 3080 Ti could finally ready for production. Meanwhile, it will not replace the 'vanilla' GeForce RTX 3080, but will rather complement it. 

Traditionally, Nvidia's 'Titanium' graphics cards have offered an attractive balance between price and performance. The GeForce RTX 3080 Ti promises to be no exception as the board will carry a GA102 GPU with 10,240 CUDA cores that will use a 384-bit memory interface to connect 12GB of GDDR6X memory, according to ITHome website that cites sources close to makers of graphics cards. 

A graphics card with such a GPU configuration will offer performance that will be considerably higher than that of the GeForce RTX 3080 (which has 8,704 CUDA cores) and just slightly lower than that of the GeForce RTX 3090 (which features 10,496 CUDA cores) in workloads that do not require 24GB of onboard memory.  

When it comes to pricing, the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti is not expected to be cheap. The product is expected to cost ¥7999 in China, which is presumably a recommended price with a 13% VAT ($1090 without VAT). At around $1,099 in the U.S., the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti will be considerably more affordable than the GeForce RTX 3090, yet it will still be much more expensive than the GeForce RTX 3080 (which is still impossible to get at its MSRP). 

There are several reasons why modern GeForce RTX graphics cards are so expensive these days. First, there are shortages of components and GPUs amid very high demand. Second, thousands of graphics boards are bought for mining well before they reach retail, which reduces an already-constrained supply.  

Nvidia cannot increase GPU or card production overnight, but it can make the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti considerably less attractive for miners. Igor's Lab reports that the new GA102-202/GA102-302 GPUs will have all-new device and firmware IDs. The new boards will only be supported by newer drivers that will significantly reduce mining performance of these cards and will render them useless to miners. How significantly this is going to affect their real-world price is something that remains to be seen, but at least it will not make much sense to buy a GeForce RTX 3080 Ti for mining. 

Nvidia does not make comments about unannounced products. Furthermore, specifications released unofficially should be taken with a grain of salt. Right now, Nvidia reportedly plans to release its GeForce RTX 3080 Ti sometimes in May, so we may find out more then.

  • Heat_Fan89
    Sounds like a $2900 card from the scalpers and that's if you can find one.
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  • spongiemaster
    Heat_Fan89 said:
    Sounds like a $2900 card from the scalpers and that's if you can find one.
    If there is no mining limiter, it will mine just as well as a 3090. Maybe even more efficiently with half the RAM chips. So it will be priced like a 3090 on auction sites.
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  • mac_angel
    yea, probably next to impossible to get, like all the rest. But I think my system would probably be better with the 3090 anyway. I'm hoping that NVidia is secretly been holding back stock on these to 'chip' them for anti-mining or something.
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  • Blacksad999
    Seems a little steep for +2 GB VRAM and a little bit higher clocks. The 3090 is only about 9% ahead of the 3080 in most circumstances, so this will be what...4-5% ahead for $400 more? lol Not really that appealing.
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  • hannibal
    In current situation it does not need to be appealing...
    Also real msrp for 3080 is not even near the nvidias original msrp. Aib vendors have increased the msrp of 3080 all the time higher and higher.

    also this chips is suposed to use same crypto limiter than 3060 did. So it does work until someone ”uups” leak a driver that allow full speed mining. The original lesken driver does not work with this, but any future ”leaked” driver will allow full mining again. If i would be a mining company with tens of thousends of gpus i would pay cash to NVIDIA driver developer for ”private” driver set...
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  • PCElitist
    > Release Date Apparently LeakAnd...? What is it?
    Are we going to have to blacklist another clickbaiting site or was this a mistake? Please correct, thanks.
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  • Ratfish
    I felt like an idiot for buying a 2060 KO for 300 bucks right before the 30-series release

    Not feeling too bad now

    How long will I have to wait to be able to buy a decent upgrade for 300-400 bucks? Years?
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  • bigdragon
    Nvidia can charge whatever they want and it will sell out. Miners and scalpers and streamers will be all over this. 12GB of VRAM seems absolutely anemic at $1100+. I'm sure the performance is great, but paying double the price of a console for less memory? Nope. 16GB should have been the minimum. Too expensive for me.

    I'd love to have a 30-series card, but there's no point in even following this launch given the high price and likelihood to instantly sell out. It'll be just like the 6700 launch AMD recently had -- lots of hype and then zero stock for gamers.

    Ratfish said:
    How long will I have to wait to be able to buy a decent upgrade for 300-400 bucks? Years?
    At that price range, you should stop looking at PC gaming and look to the consoles. PC GPU vendors have completely abandoned mainstream gamers. The vendors make minimal effort to get their cards into the hands of gamers, and the prices are all distorted by crypto and scalping.
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  • Ratfish
    bigdragon said:
    Nvidia can charge whatever they want and it will sell out. Miners and scalpers and streamers will be all over this. 12GB of VRAM seems absolutely anemic at $1100+. I'm sure the performance is great, but paying double the price of a console for less memory? Nope. 16GB should have been the minimum. Too expensive for me.

    I'd love to have a 30-series card, but there's no point in even following this launch given the high price and likelihood to instantly sell out. It'll be just like the 6700 launch AMD recently had -- lots of hype and then zero stock for gamers.


    At that price range, you should stop looking at PC gaming and look to the consoles. PC GPU vendors have completely abandoned mainstream gamers. The vendors make minimal effort to get their cards into the hands of gamers, and the prices are all distorted by crypto and scalping.
    It's pretty ridiculous. I feel like I'm gonna be where I am now in perpetuity.
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  • VTXcnME
    And none of this will matter, as majority of mainstream gaming users will be unable to purchase this card.

    But... I did notice Newegg had 2060 series cards back in stock for $850-900 a piece. :rolleyes:
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