Nvidia has lastly taken the lid off their upcoming RTX 3080 Ti, a brand new GPU dropping tomorrow as a near-replacement in lots of workloads for the RTX 3090. The massive differentiator right here can be VRAM, and avid gamers who don’t want greater than 12GB will be capable of save just a little cash, as long as you had been available in the market for a $1,000+ GPU within the first place.
Regardless of the title, the brand new RTX 3080 Ti is just not a alternative for the RTX 3080. It’s a drop-in alternative for the RTX 3090, for everybody who doesn’t want extra GPU VRAM.
Nvidia isn’t shy about asking for cash for the cardboard, both. The RTX 3080 Ti has 1.17x extra cores than its predecessor, but it surely’s a whopping 1.71x costlier. We are able to assume there can be a future GPU to deal with this hole, however the worth enhance right here is strictly the other of how a typical refresh cycle works.
Then once more — this can be a damned odd refresh cycle.
The RTX 3080 Ti is early for a typical refresh. It’s even earlier, relative to the RTX 3070 and RTX 3080, than the RTX 2000 “Tremendous” GPUs had been relative to the RTX 2080 and RTX 2070. Usually talking, when Nvidia or AMD introduces a GPU like this, the brand new playing cards scale back the fee and enhance the efficiency ratio of the earlier household. The RTX 3080 Ti doesn’t try this.
What makes the brand new card’s worth much more uncommon is AMD’s ostensible market positioning. The RTX 2000 collection launched at a lot greater costs than Pascal had carried, they usually launched at a time when AMD wasn’t providing a lot in the way in which of efficient competitors within the GPU market.
Proper now, AMD’s RDNA2 GPUs are competitors for Nvidia, or they’d be if anybody might purchase one. AMD GPUs are, by all accounts, even more durable to come back by than Nvidia playing cards. This speaks to the bigger downside: Nvidia is elevating costs more than likely partially as a result of it could possibly’t meet demand at lower cost factors. Elevating costs will scale back demand for these GPUs and permit Nvidia to seize extra of the value inflation that has been flowing to OEMs.
The choice to outfit the 3080 Ti with simply 12GB of VRAM is an attention-grabbing one. It might be partly as a result of GDDR6 shortages; the unique 3080 Ti as rumored for final yr was a 20GB GPU with a 16GB RTX 3070. The brand new GPUs won’t mine cryptocurrency as shortly because the earlier household did.
The RTX 3070 Ti will launch on June 10 with claimed efficiency 1.5x greater than the RTX 2070 Tremendous. Not like the RTX 3080 Ti, it would proceed to supply simply 8GB of VRAM.
Avid gamers needs to be conscious that ray tracing titles can use greater than 8GB of VRAM. Our assessments of the 6700 XT confirmed that it’s doable to hit the 8GB VRAM restrict on an RTX 3070 while you activate ray tracing at 4K.
At 1080p and 1440p, the RTX 3070 is quicker than the 6700 XT in ray tracing workloads. At 4K, RTX 2080 and RTX 3070 RT efficiency collapses in each Godfall and Legion. The 6700 XT, with its bigger VRAM buffer, stays regular.
We’re nonetheless fairly early within the rollout of ray tracing assist for next-generation video video games. This means that 8GB and smaller GPUs might face VRAM strain at greater resolutions when RT is enabled, even when their GPU cores are in any other case highly effective sufficient to deal with the workload.
While you’ll be capable of purchase these playing cards is anybody’s guess and is determined by how the crypto bubble evolves from right here.