A hearsay that simply will not stop in 2022 is that Nvidia is planning to bolster the reminiscence capability on a few of its RTX 30-series graphics playing cards. These rumours have existed in some form or another since 2020, and even reared their head once more as recently as December, although up to now no new playing cards have materialised.
I am going to admit, I am beginning to lose hope in your entire affair, but in response to WCCFTech, Nvidia may very well be planning to make strikes as early as tomorrow, January 11.
WCCFTech claims to have spoken to sources that relayed a January 11 announcement date for an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 12GB, and that preorders and gross sales ought to start that very same day. That will see the cardboard launch earlier than the RTX 3050 and RTX 3090 Ti, each of which have been introduced at CES 2022. The RTX 3080 12GB, nonetheless, didn’t make an look throughout the present.
In line with this identical report, this graphics card wouldn’t solely improve reminiscence capability from 10GB to 12GB, but in addition incorporate a wider, 384-bit reminiscence bus. That will lead to the next reminiscence bandwidth for the reasonably improved card.
Additional reported specification changes may see CUDA Core counts improve from 8,704 to eight,960, due to a rise in SM rely from 68 to 70. This is able to additionally would see RT Cores improve from 68 to 70.
All of this is able to reportedly put the RTX 3080 12GB’s TDP at round 350W—and a bit of bit nearer to the already too-close-for-comfort RTX 3080 Ti.
These enhancements over the 10GB RTX 3080 are certainly doable. There are two spare pads for reminiscence chips going free on the RTX 3080 10GB, which may very well be occupied with two extra 1GB GDDR6X chips for 12GB in whole. Equally, the RTX 3080 and RTX 3080 Ti each use the identical GA102 GPU, which suggests higher core counts are inside attain.
Although, these upgrades would probably lead to only a marginal efficiency enchancment over the 10GB RTX 3080. That is the factor, whereas an RTX 3080 12GB is completely doable, it will be an oddity.
I am wired to be pessimistic about any tentative launch date for these playing cards after being given the run-around for over a 12 months, however there’s extra to it than that.
For starters, there are few, if any, RTX 3080 graphics playing cards out there near the Founder Version’s supposed $699 sticker worth. A 12GB model would not do something to vary that, sadly, as the worldwide semiconductor scarcity is wreaking havoc on extra than simply Nvidia’s provide chain.
That does convey up the query of worth, nonetheless. Would this be a straight alternative for the pre-existing 10GB mannequin, and subsequently supply worth parity, or does this necessitate a complete new worth level? Micron goes to cost for these two additional reminiscence chips, and Nvidia could use this as a chance to cost extra for the marginally bigger GPU, and people prices may very well be handed onto the shopper.
So price- and performance-wise, I am not satisfied but of what this card achieves from a buyer’s viewpoint. Although I might like to be shocked by worth parity with the 10GB mannequin.
Would it not be good to have one other shot at a sudden flurry of inventory on launch day, which may very well be as early as tomorrow? Sure. Is it good to have extra reminiscence? Sure, that too. Nonetheless, the nihilist in me is not positive if any of it actually issues. Let’s wait and see, lets?