Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti – everything we know about the future high-end GPU

Nvidia's upcoming Ti-variant of the 3080 could be here soon - here's everything we know.

The RTX 3080 Ti could be with us soon if multiple rumours are anything to go by, filling the expansive price gap between the $699 RTX 3080 – which is currently the best graphics card for gaming – and the $1,499 RTX 3090.

Originally rumoured to pack 20GB of GDDR6X VRAM, it’s looking more and more likely that’s been downgraded to 12GB. This is the same capacity as you’ll find in the $329 RTX 3060, although the latter uses slower GDDR6 memory. With this new card rumored to pack just 2.4% less CUDA cores than the overkill 3090, the 3080 Ti has some serious potential to be the perfect GPU to place inside the best gaming PC build.

Since it carries a possible price tag of around $1,300, the RTX 3080 Ti could go right up against AMD’s current flagship GPU, the RX 6900 XT. But, AMD’s card has an extra 4GB of VRAM, which could trounce it against the future team green card.

Here’s everything we know about the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti.

RTX 3080 Ti Release Date

It looks like the release date of the RTX 3080 Ti’s been pushed back, according to Videocardz. The GPU is due to be announced on May 31, before reviews release on June 2. This suggests the 3080 Ti could launch the day after on June 3, if previous launches are anything to go by.

A recent spotting of MSI’s RTX 3080 Ti Suprim X model at a distribution centre gives these rumoured dates some more credibility.

rtx 3080 ti price

The new GPU will slot into Nvidia’s range between the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090, which have MSRPs of $699 and $1,499 respectively. From that, you can expect the card to retail somewhere in between. An accidental listing of the card at an Australian retailer listed the card at the equivalent of $1,336, suggesting an MSRP similar..

However, with current stock issues, it could actually be sold for significantly more than that, just like the RTX 3060 at nearly double its MSRP before launch. In the UAE, RTX 3080 Ti’s have apparently been sold before release for over $3,500.

rtx 3080 ti performance

The rumoured 12GB of VRAM may be the same as Nvidia’s cheapest Ampere card, the RTX 3060, but it’s likely to use faster GDDR6X memory instead. With 10,240 CUDA cores, it’s very close to the 3090’s 10,496. As the vast majority of games don’t need the whopping 24GB of VRAM in the 3090, this card could easily come close to its performance.

A recent leak revealed the possible clock speeds for the RTX 3080 Ti, with base and boost clocks of 1,365MHz and 1,665MHz respectively. Compare that to the RTX 3090’s 1,410MHz and 1,740 MHz, and the 3080 Ti comes pretty close, and could get closer with a bit of overclocking.