Recently, Nvidia’s Geforce account officially posted a teaser and a countdown to the official launch of its next-generation Ampere gaming GPUs with the ultimate countdown of 21 years and 21 days, Nvidia had teased a video of a star going supernova. After this announcement, speculations are arising of the release of the new lineup of RTX 30xx series Nvidia’s GPU and current rumors indicate that Ampere will find its way into the upcoming GeForce RTX 3090, RTX 3080, RTX 3070, and RTX 3060 graphics cards. Models may also include a suffix like Ti, Super, or even Ultimate.
On 31st August i.e. on their 21st Anniversary, the rumor is that Nvidia is most likely to announce RTX 3080 Ti & RTX 3080 Custom Cards at Launch with a huge boost in terms of total memory capacity. According to the leaks, the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti will feature the GA102-300-A1 GPU.
It is said that the GA102-300-A1 GPU will be comprised of 5248 CUDA cores or 82 SMs i.e. there will be a 20% increase in cores over the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti. There are no details such as clock speeds, TMU/ROP counts are provided till now. Statements suggest that the RTX 3080 Ti card will get up to 20 GB memory with faster GDDR6 pin speeds.
There is a 320-bit bus in it and it will be nearly able to offer 1 TB/s bandwidth considering that the new GDDR6X memory which is rumored for this graphics card runs at higher speeds than the existing GDDR6 memory which can clock up to 16-18 Gbps.
For GeForce RTX 3080, the rumor reports that the card will be featuring the GA102-200-KD-A1 SKU. This SKU will feature the same 4352 CUDA cores as the RTX 2080 Ti has and that will be arranged in a total of 68 SMs. This card will reportedly be going to feature 20 GB of memory that is also going to be GDDR6X, with the running speed of 19 Gbps across a 320-bit bus interface with a bandwidth of 760 GB/s. The interesting thing is the switch to GA102 from TU104 on the RTX 3080. As it is using a high-end SKU it would also result in higher wattage and thermals.
I speculate that Nvidia will first launch their long-awaited and rumored RTX 3080 Ti and RTX 3080 in September and then other RTX 30XX lineups in successive months. The price will be premium and probably more costly than RTX 2080 Ti. For high-end gamers, this beast will be insanely powerful and can run the latest and upcoming games to the fullest graphics settings.
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