According to several news outlets, including HKEPC and ITHome, Nvidia will launch its 3080 Ti and 3070 Ti graphics cards this coming May and June, respectively.
The 3080 Ti will supposedly feature a beefy 384-bit memory bus and 12 GB of GDDR6X memory, while the 3070 Ti will bump up RTX 3070’s GDDR6 memory to the faster GDDR6X while keeping the card at 8 GB of VRAM. The 3080 Ti will be powered by 10,240 CUDA cores, compared to 6,144 on the 3070 Ti. For reference, the base 3080 model came with 8,704, while the 3070 featured 5,888 CUDA cores.
Although NVIDIA has given no official confirmation yet, these specs seem on par with previous lineup refreshes for the Turing and Pascal architectures. The 3080 Ti looks to become the ultimate PC gaming card, having half the VRAM of the flagship 3090 model but coming in at around $999, compared to 3090’s MSRP of $1,499. It also promises gaming optimizations as opposed to the workstation-focused 3090 model.
The 3070 Ti, on the other hand, still has no rumored price, but considering the 3070’s MSRP of $499 and 3080’s $799, we expect it to slot in neatly somewhere between those two figures. Although still at 8 GB of VRAM, the higher CUDA count and faster VRAM should bump up the performance to near-3080 levels at a more affordable price.
Ampere came out six months ago and was well-received for its significant performance gains over the previous generation Turing cards, including a much more refined ray tracing experience. However, they are still tough to find, and we expect the same trend to continue with the 3070 and 3080 refreshes.
The Ampere cards also sport a much higher power draw than previous-generation models. We expect the trend to continue with the refresh, so don’t hold out for energy-efficient 3070 Ti and 3080 Ti models. Our selection of the best 2070 and 2080 models may be getting a little old nowadays, but at least they won’t overinflate your electricity bill, and you can still find some in stock (though at what price remains to be seen).