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

The RTX 3080 Ti could be with us by May 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. This could give us two big GPU launches in one month, if the RTX 3070 Ti also launches in May.

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 $999, 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

Earlier rumours pinned the RTX 3080 Ti for an April release, but this has reportedly been pushed back to May – the same month the RTX 3070 Ti is scheduled to arrive.

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 around the $999 mark.

But 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.

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.

There have been no benchmark leaks for the 12GB card yet. Back in January, however, Chinese hardware channel ‘Big hardware player’ supposedly tested a cancelled 20GB variant of the card, and it came close to the performance of the RTX 3090 in 3DMark.