Nvidia has finally taken the lid off its upcoming RTX 3080 Ti, a new GPU that falls tomorrow as an almost replacement in many workloads for the RTX 3090. The big differentiator here will be VRAM, and players who do not need more than 12 GB will be in able to save some money, as long as you were in the market for a $ 1000 + GPU initially.
Despite the name, the new RTX 3080 Ti is not a replacement for the RTX 3080. It is a drop-in replacement for the RTX 3090, for anyone who does not need more GPU VRAM.
Nvidia is also not shy about asking for money for the card. The RTX 3080 Ti has 1.17 times more cores than its predecessor, but it is 1.71 times more expensive. We can assume that there will be a future GPU to solve this gap, but the price increase here is exactly the opposite of how a typical update cycle works.
Then again – this is a damn weird update cycle.
RTX 3080 Ti is early for a typical update. It’s even earlier, compared to RTX 3070 and RTX 3080, than RTX 2000 “Super” GPUs were relative to RTX 2080 and RTX 2070. In general, when Nvidia or AMD introduce a GPU like this, the new cards reduce costs. and improve the performance of the previous family. RTX 3080 Ti does not.
What makes the price of the new card even more unusual is AMD’s apparent market positioning. The RTX 2000 series was launched at much higher prices than Pascal had carried, and they were launched at a time when AMD did not give much in the way of effective competition in the GPU market.
Right now, AMD’s RDNA2 GPUs are competing for Nvidia, or it would be if someone could buy one. AMD GPUs are apparently even harder to get than Nvidia cards. This speaks to the bigger problem: Nvidia will most likely increase prices in part because it cannot meet the demand for lower price points. Increasing prices will reduce the demand for these GPUs and allow Nvidia to capture more of the price growth that has gone to OEMs.
The decision to equip the 3080 Ti with only 12 GB of VRAM is interesting. This may be due in part to GDDR6 deficiency; the original 3080 Ti rumored for last year was a 20 GB GPU with a 16 GB RTX 3070. The new GPUs will not recover cryptocurrency as fast as the previous family did.
The RTX 3070 Ti will be launched on June 10 with an alleged performance that is 1.5 times higher than the RTX 2070 Super. Unlike the RTX 3080 Ti, it will continue to offer only 8 GB of VRAM.
Players should be aware that beam tracking titles may use more than 8 GB of VRAM. Our tests of the 6700 XT showed that it is possible to reach the 8 GB VRAM limit on an RTX 3070 when you enable beam tracking in 4K.
At 1080p and 1440p, the RTX 3070 is faster than the 6700 XT in radiation tracking volumes. At 4K, the performance RTX 2080 and RTX 3070 RT collapse in both Godfall and Legion. The 6700 XT, with its larger VRAM buffer, remains steady.
We are still quite early in the launch of ray tracing support for the next generation of video games. This means that 8 GB and smaller GPUs can meet VRAM pressures at higher resolutions when RT is enabled, even if their GPU cores are otherwise powerful enough to handle the workload.
When you can buy these cards, there are some who guess and depend on how the crypto bubble develops from here.