The GeForce RTX 3080 Ti announcement has been postponed by two weeks. The original date of May 18th has been changed to May 31st. We have confirmed that NVIDIA is planning to announce both the RTX 3080 Ti and RTX 3070 Ti on the same day. However, product reviews will be split, with RTX 3080 Ti being introduced on June 2nd and RTX 3070 Ti reviews going live on June 9th.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti will feature GA102-225 GPU with 10240 CUDA cores enabled. This model will offer 12GB GDDR6X memory, which is indeed just 2GB more than RTX 3080, but thanks to the wider bus of 384-bit the maximum bandwidth will increase by 152GB/s. The RTX 3070 Ti, might be one of the most interesting cards in the NVIDIA lineup yet. This is the first Ampere gaming card to feature full GPU specs, in this case, the GA104-400. The RTX 3070 Ti will offer 6144 CUDA cores and 8GB GDDR6X memory. While 8GB is indeed less than RTX 3060 with 12GB, the RTX 3070 Ti allegedly gets GDDR6X modules, which would provide a bandwidth increase of 160 GB/s over RTX 3070 non-TI. It seems that the RTX3080Ti / 3070 TI is all about the memory upgrade.
While this is the fifth update to AIBs on the launch schedule of both cards, it is actually the first time NVIDIA confirmed the exact dates of both SKUs. So yes, it seems to be final, but at this point, we can’t promise it won’t change again.
NVIDIA has provided an update to its partners in regard to upcoming GAxx2 chips. Those Lite Hash Rate(LHR) series GPUs will feature a new cryptocurrency mining limiter and most likely RezisableBAR support without a need for a vBIOS update.
NVIDIA is expecting GAxx2 chips to start shipping in the middle of May, which means that first customers may receive their cards in June. With the ‘quiet launch’ of the RTX 30 LHR series, the supply of Ampere GPUs is expected to improve. NVIDIA has not yet provided an explanation of what exactly has been changed that would limit mining performance on the new chips. The previous attempt to introduce a software limiter with RTX 3060 has spectacularly failed after NVIDIA ‘accidentally released a driver without it. This SKU will also receive a new version with a reintroduced crypto limiter.
One of our sources says that RTX 3090 might be the only card that will not feature the crypto limiter, which is simply not needed as mining profitability on this SKU is low due to the high price of the card itself. However, this SKU is still expected to receive a new GA102-302 GPU, which suggests it might simply be a ReBAR update.
MSI has just released two more RTX 3080 Gaming GPU today: RTX 3080 GAMING Z TRIO (as of now the flagship RTX 3080 GAMING card) and GAMING TRIO PLUS. The PLUS model appears to be an updated GAMING TRIO (without X or Z), since it features the same clock speed of 1755 MHz. The GAMING Z TRIO, on the other hand, has a factory-overclocked core to 1830 MHz, making it the fastest GAMING card based on GA102-200 GPU by 15 MHz over GAMING X.
After released RTX 3080 AORUS Xtreme WaterForce WB, Gigabyte today released GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming Waterforce WB graphics card, it’s second NVIDIA Ampere-based graphics card with a pre-installed water block.