rumors: We’ve been hearing rumors about the RTX 3080 Ti for some time, most of which have suggested it will arrive in January. But the last word on the vine is that Nvidia is pushing this date from February, allowing the company to focus on improving its current card offering. It also appears that concern about Big Navi’s threat to vanilla RTX 3080 has proved unfounded.
Last month there were rumors about the launch of the RTX 3080 Ti in January, and the card was one of several unpublished Ampere products spotted on HP’s OEM driver list last week. According to VideoCardz sources, the January launch has now been moved to February, a statement repeated by Igor Wallosek of Igor Lab.
Part of the reasoning behind the delay is that AMD’s Big Navi cards aren’t as competitive for the RTX 3080 as Nvidia feared. In our tests, the Radeon RX 6800 XT is slightly advanced at 1440p on 18 games, while the RTX 3080 is the best performing card at 4K. Even the Radeon RX 6900 XT is faster with a few fps. As such, the green team does not feel the need to rush an RTX 3080 Ti, which is said to double the standard version’s VRAM to 20 GB of GDDR6X – both RX 6800 XT and 6900 XT have 16 GB of GDDR6.
Another reason behind this move could be availability issues affecting the current Ampere book harvest. Nvidia said that these deficiencies will continue until February 2021, in the same month that it is rumored that the RTX 3080 Ti will arrive.
In addition, both publications believe that there will be two versions of the RTX 3060 (6 GB and 12 GB), both of which are also on the HP list. The stronger version is expected to arrive between January 11 and 14, at the same time as CES, while it is said that the 6 GB card will be launched in late January or early February. Interestingly, the 6GB RTX 3060 is believed to have begun life as the RTX 3050 Ti before Nvidia renamed it.