After photos of a shipping container with the rumored RTX 3080 Ti from Nvidia were discovered this week, VideoCardz revealed new information about the upcoming card. The card is rumored to hit the market on May 26th for $ 999. It will include 12GB of VRAM and a redesigned GPU that is reportedly set to limit the cryptocurrency mining hash rate.
Below is a leaked photo of this redesigned GPU. It is the GA102-225 that builds on the existing GA102 GPU in the RTX 3080 and 3090. Aside from the 3080 Ti, leaks claim that Nvidia will re-release its entire Ampere line with updated graphics cores in May and those cards will include a cryptocurrency hash rate limiter and Resizable BAR support.
While Nvidia hasn't confirmed anything, we'll likely see updated Ampere cards with the hash rate limiter. After all, Nvidia has its CMP (Cryptocurrency Mining Processor) cards which the company can sell at ridiculous prices.
That would be good news for gamers and enthusiasts, especially how well the RTX 3080 Ti is for mining. In addition to the photo of the GPU, VideoCardz also received a screenshot of the mining performance of the upcoming card. The picture shows an Ethereum mining hash rate of 118.9 MH / s, which is much higher than most other cards on the market. However, the example used in the screenshot has been optimized to achieve higher storage speeds and lower TDP.
Outside of the mining performance, the screenshot shows a base clock rate of 1,365 MHz and a boost clock of 1,665 MHz and confirms the rumored 12 GB VRAM and 10,240 CUDA cores. The clock speed is a step down on both the RTX 3080 and 3090, which likely gives it a unique place in the market among Nvidia's high-end cards.
Either way, the RTX 3080 Ti looks like an RTX 3090 with half the video memory, which is great. The high memory and price tag of the RTX 3090 make it difficult to justify all but the most intense graphics and 3D workloads. The RTX 3080 Ti strikes a good balance that fits the 3090 in almost every way, but has enough memory for games.
If this continues to be the case, a $ 500 price cut from the RTX 3090's $ 1,499 seems like good business. On the other hand, $ 1,000 is not a small sum of money for a graphics card. Thanks to a worsening supply problem, scalpers should have a heyday with the new card, which could raise prices even further.
The RTX 3070 Ti has also been rumored to hit the market in May, but the latest reports suggest it will hit the market in June. Rumor has it that the card contains 6,144 CUDA cores and 8 GB of GDDR6X memory on a 256-bit bus. It will be released for $ 499.