Although there was no official announcement, we've known for a while that Nvidia is working on the RTX 3080 Ti and 3070 Ti. These updated cards offer a solid performance upgrade over their base counterparts and feature a redesigned GPU that should limit crypto mining performance.
If the leaks and rumors are correct, both cards are just around the corner. Given the current GPU shortage, you need to know as much as you can before starting these cards. We've rounded up everything we know about the RTX 3080 Ti and 3070 Ti, including price, release date, and specs.
Prices and availability
Nvidia has not officially launched the RTX 3080 Ti and 3070 Ti, but an announcement is imminent. Dealer leaks originally indicated a launch date for both cards on May 26th. Now it looks like they will arrive a little later. According to the latest reports, Nvidia will announce both cards on May 31st and product reviews will be published on June 2nd for the RTX 3080 Ti and June 9th for the RTX 3070 Ti.
We don't know the start dates yet, but assuming the review embargoes are correct, we expect the cards to start on the day of the reviews or the day after. Based on earlier launches, Nvidia will be leading the way with its Founders Edition cards, and Board Partner cards will come shortly thereafter. We don't have any pre-order information, but Nvidia typically doesn't.
While we know a lot about when the RTX 3080 Ti and 3070 Ti are coming, we don't have that much information on how much they will cost. Regardless of the cost, both tickets are sold out immediately. The GPU shortage is still there in its entirety, so we expect the cards to sell out immediately and be out of stock for months.
Leaks suggest the RTX 3080 Ti is launching at an MSRP of $ 999. That makes sense given Nvidia's current range of products, but you won't find any for this price. Dealer lists show that third-party cards can sell for anywhere between $ 1,300 and $ 2,200. Nvidia will likely launch the card for $ 999, but it ends up selling closer to $ 1,500.
We don't have any information on pricing for the RTX 3070 Ti, but there really is only one price: $ 599. The RTX 3070 is $ 499 and the 3080 is $ 699, leaving room for the 3070 Ti in the middle. Again, it probably won't sell for $ 599, but that's the price we expect from Nvidia. There's no telling how much the card will actually cost at retailers.
Nvidia did not announce the RTX 3080 Ti and 3070 Ti, so the following specs are subject to change. They are correct to the best of our knowledge and belief, but the information comes from leaks and rumors.
|RTX 3080 Ti
||RTX 3070 Ti|
|Base clock||1.365 MHz||TBA|
|Boost clock||1.665 MHz||TBA|
|memory||12 GB GDDR6X||8 GB GDDR6X|
|Storage speed||19 Gbit / s||19 Gbit / s|
|Bandwidth||912 GB / s||608 GB / s|
Starting with the RTX 3080 Ti, it's very similar to the RTX 3090. The 3080 Ti has 256 fewer CUDA cores, two fewer RT cores and eight fewer tensor cores compared to the 3090, which shouldn't make a difference in practice. Either way, the RTX 3080 Ti has identical specs to the 3090. The big difference is that the 3080 Ti comes with half the VRAM of the 3090 and includes 12GB of GDDR6X instead of 24GB.
The 3080 Ti is a significant step up from the 3080, which is already an absurdly powerful graphics card. The updated model has more than 1,500 more CUDA cores, 12 more RT cores and almost 50 more tensor cores. The 3080 Ti is clocked a little lower than the base 3080, but with more cores under the hood, that shouldn't make a difference.
On the other hand, the 3070 Ti looks like a slight improvement over the base 3070. The new model has around 500 more CUDA cores, but only two more RT cores and eight more tensor cores. It comes with the same 8GB of VRAM and the same 256-bit bus, although the updated Ti model comes with GDDR6X memory.
Given the specs, the 3080 Ti will be a show stopper. It's basically a 3090 aimed at gamers that eschews the video memory required for 3D modeling and other professional workloads for raw gaming performance. It should blow every other card out of the water. The RTX 3080 already outperforms AMD's premium RX 6900 XT in most benchmarks, and we expect the 3080 Ti will only extend that lead.
The 3070 Ti is difficult to place. It's still firmly below the base 3080 but above the base 3070. Given that, it should perform better than AMD's RX 6700 XT, but worse than the RX 6800 XT. It's best to wait for third-party benchmarks, but given the global semiconductor shortage, it may not be possible.
A new GPU with a hash rate limiter
The RTX 3080 Ti and 3070 Ti will have a new GPU core. This is part of a larger effort by Nvidia to curb demand from cryptocurrency miners and hopefully move them from playing cards to specialized CMP cards. The new GPUs are said to have a cryptocurrency hash rate limiter that automatically reduces performance when the card detects mining. Nvidia is quietly updating the entire 30 series with these new GPUs. The performance is the same, but the new cores have the hash rate limiter.
Hopefully this will reduce miners' demand for the new cards. Nvidia has previously tried to limit the hash rate of the RTX 3060, but inadvertently deactivated the function with a software update. Needless to say, miners were quick to get around the restriction.
The new approach – called the Lite Hash Rate or LHR – should solve the RTX 3060's problems. The latest information suggests that downgrading the BIOS will not work, preventing miners from using the cards. We'll have to wait and see if that's true.
Resizable bar, ray tracing and more
The new GPUs aren't just there to limit crypto mining. They will also be rolling out Nvidia's Resizable BAR feature so new customers no longer need to update their vBIOS. The customizable bar is a feature that can slightly improve the performance of current components by allowing the processor to access the graphics card's memory. It is similar to the AMD Smart Access Memory (SAM) feature, but Resizable BAR works on Nvidia cards with an AMD or Intel processor (SAM requires all AMD components).
Both the RTX 3080 Ti and 3070 Ti will come with RTX features like DLSS and ray tracing in supported games. These two functions are already ideally suited for Nvidia, so we do not expect any changes in the 3080 Ti and 3070 Ti.