NVIDIA unveils RTX 3080 Ti and RTX 3070 Ti; launches in June

As expected, NVIDIA unveiled their new GeForce RTX 3080 Ti and GeForce RTX 3070 during their Computex 2021 presentation. Just like rumors had foretold. The new flagship model is set to launch June 3rd, with the RTX 3070 Ti following on June 10th. Reviews and benchmarks of both cards are to be published one day before their respective launch.

The GeForce RTX 3080 Ti is meant to be the new gaming powerhouse, closely resembling the RTX 3090, albeit with 12 GB of GDDR6X memory. The GA102 GPU features 80 clusters, with 10240 CUDA cores in total. NVIDIA’s version of the card will have a whopping 350 watts of TDP, with a Boost Clock up to 1665 MHz.

Specification sheet of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti.

NVIDIA is pricing the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti at 1,199 dollars — quite a step from the originals RTX 3080’s MSRP of 699 dollar. Expect this card to be an absolute beast on 4K resolutions, just leave 8K over to the RTX 3090.

The GeForce RTX 3070 Ti is a less invasive refresh of the most popular Ampere graphics card. The GA104 GPU features 48 clusters, with 6144 CUDA cores in total. The 8 GB of memory is carried over from the original RTX 3070, but comes from faster GDDR6X modules, instead of traditional GDDR6.

Specification sheet of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti.

Although the GPU doesn’t up the clock speed up that much — 1575 MHz / 1770 MHz (Base/Boost) — the TDP is set to 290 watts. Considering the original RTX 3070 topped out at 220 watts, this seems to punch above its weight in terms of power.

Graphics-wise, it shouldn’t be that far from its predecessor. The increased 19 Gbps of memory bandwidth might give the refresh an edge in performance on higher resolutions, though. NVIDIA set MSRP of the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti to 599 dollars.

During the presentation, NVIDIA did not mention their recent Lite Hash Rate rerun of Ampere cards. The chip manufacturer has been trying to scare crypto miners away from the GeForce brand, implementing limits to hashing performance. This should be the case on the two new cards too, with some leaked benchmarks already proving suboptimal in mining performance on the RTX 3080 Ti.

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