Rumor machine: With the chip shortage causing endless heartache for those looking to upgrade their graphics card, what should Nvidia do to help those who cannot afford or find its products? Focus more on producing its current low to mid-level offerings, perhaps? If rumors are to be believed, the answer is to release a slew of new Ampere cards, ranging from the RTX 3050 to the RTX 3090 Ti.
Rumors come from VideoCardz and leaker @ kopite7kimi, so take them with the usual dose of salt. The first is for a new version of the RTX 3080 that will use the GA102-220 GPU, come with 12GB of GDDR6X memory, and use a 384-bit memory bus, perhaps suggesting that the vanilla RTX 3080 with its 10GB of VRAM will be discontinued. . .
It’s unclear whether the new RTX 3080 will carry the Super or Ti moniker, although the former seems more likely given that there is already an RTX 3080 Ti that uses the GA102-250 GPU. As with previous Super cards, we can expect a performance boost of around 5-10% over the standard RTX 3080.
Another rumor claims that an RTX 3050 Ti desktop is in the works with a GA106-150-A1 GPU. It will feature 3,072 FP32 cores and 6GB or 12GB of GDDR6 with a 192-bit bus interface, making it significantly more powerful than the laptop version. Kopite7kimi also believes there will be a non-Ti version that uses the GA107-350-A1 GPU (2,304 FP32 cores) and a 90W TGP.
Where is my tweet on the 3050 Ti?
I want to update this.
Possibly, RTX 3050 Ti, GA106-150-A1, 3072FP32, 6 / 12G GD6.
– kopite7kimi (@ kopite7kimi) October 13, 2021
Want more options? There would also be a 16GB version of the RTX 3070 Ti on the way, and Nvidia is said to be reissuing the RTX 2060 with 12GB of memory. Additionally, anyone with too much cash can opt for the 450W RTX 3090 Ti.
Again, these are just rumors, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see Nvidia announce a slew of new SKUs as part of a mid-life refresh for Ampere in January. But consumers frustrated with high prices and near zero availability are unlikely to be thrilled with the company complicating its lineup further with a series of new cards that offer a bit more memory / performance. And we’re still going to struggle to find them, anyway.
After a brief period of falling prices, the latest graphics cards from Nvidia and AMD have been on the rise since early August. In the case of Team Red, its RDNA 2 Series now exceeds 83% of MSRP on average.
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