Nvidia recently announced the upcoming release of its most powerful graphics card to date, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 Ti. The company briefly mentioned the card during its CES 2022 keynote.
While many are eagerly awaiting the release of Nvidia’s new gaming powerhouse, a new leak suggests that production of the card may have been put on hold for the time being.
TweakTown reported today that an anonymous source has communicated about Nvidia’s choice to stop manufacturing the RTX 3090 Ti graphics card. According to the source, Nvidia has asked its board partners to suspend production of custom RTX 3090 Ti cards. The source has not been able to verify the reason for this decision, so it remains only to speculate.
There could be several reasons why Nvidia should hold back the RTX 3090 Ti. TweakTown suggests there may be issues with silicon. It’s also not a stretch to assume that the current GPU shortage may be playing a role, though that would likely just delay production instead of shutting it down altogether.
VideoCardz also cites its own sources and confirms that Nvidia has indeed opted out of production for the time being, citing hardware and BIOS issues as the two main reasons for this choice. It’s unclear if Nvidia’s board partners will need to overhaul graphics cards already manufactured.
Nvidia has not confirmed a release date for the RTX 3090 Ti. While the budget RTX 3050 (also announced at CES 2022) received a confirmed January 27 launch date, its much more powerful sibling was only briefly mentioned during Nvidia’s keynote. Nonetheless, previous rumors pointed to January 27 for both cards, though that seems to have fallen through – if that was the plan to begin with.
The only thing Nvidia promised was that it would talk more about the card later this month. There’s still a lot of information to fill out: apart from an official release date, we don’t know much about the card’s specs. The ultra-high-end GPU will feature 24GB of 21GB/s GDDR6X memory, adding up to 1TB/s bandwidth. It will also have 320 Tensor cores, 40 shader cores, and 78 ray tracing cores.
Rumors suggest that apart from the above, the new Nvidia GPU will have 10,752 CUDA cores and a TDP of 450 watts. However, custom versions of the GPU can be much more power hungry, with rumored TDPs of over 1000W.
As Nvidia has yet to make an official statement on this, it’s unclear when the new RTX 3090 Ti will finally hit stores. Thankfully, we’ll probably hear more about Nvidia’s plans this month.
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