Editor’s grip: Since its launch in September, no new Nvidia RTX GPUs have hit the shelves. Since the launch in November and December, no new AMD Radeon GPUs have hit the shelves. Let’s call it round one, and let’s declare it a draw and look at round two: when there are cards on the shelves, and players get to vote with their wallets, who will they crown as champions?
Nvidia, says Nvidia. (Rewritten for clarity.)
Nvidia came out swinging with the RTX 3000 series, but they have a surprising left hook waiting in the wings. Asus has accidentally confirmed the existence of the RTX 3080 Ti, revealing that it has 20 GB of memory. The new card is aimed at the RX 6900 XT.
A 20 GB variant of the RTX 3080 has been rumored for several months, and the same has similar upgrades down in the pile: 16 GB RTX 3070 models and 12 GB and 6 GB RTX 3060 models are also expected. Nvidia’s Jeff Fisher, senior VP of GeForce, is expected to announce them at a virtual event on January 12. Rumors suggest a release in February.
On the performance spectrum, the Ti models will fall just above the vanilla. Increased memory will provide a few percentage points of improvement, more at higher resolutions, and rumors of increased clock speeds and core numbers may round out an upgrade of ~ 10%. Their prices may increase in the same way in the worst case, but will more likely land just a hair above the current MSRP. The vanilla models can also be discounted as a result.
But questions remain. If Nvidia sells every card they can already produce, why do they need upgraded versions? (Does this mean they expect more shares?) If DLSS and Beam Tracking and GPUs are their selling points, why not prioritize them? (Nice, low blow on my behalf …) But, most importantly, will AMD strike back?