Rumor mill: We’ve been hearing rumors about the RTX 3080 Ti for a while, most of which indicated it would arrive in January. However, the newest word on the grapevine is that Nvidia is pushing that date back to February so the company can focus on improving supplies with its current cards. It also appears that concerns about the Big Navi Vanilla RTX 3080 threat have been proven unfounded.
There were rumors last month of the launch of an RTX 3080 Ti in January, and the card was one of several unreleased Ampere products featured on HP’s OEM driver list last week. According to VideoCardz’s sources, the January launch has now been postponed to February, a claim confirmed by Igor Wallosek of Igor’s Lab.
One reason for the postponement is that AMD’s Big Navi cards are not competing with the RTX 3080 as much as Nvidia feared. In our tests, the Radeon RX 6800 XT is only marginally ahead with 1440p in 18 games, while the RTX 3080 is the more powerful card with 4K. The Radeon RX 6900 XT is also only a few fps faster. Team Green therefore has no need to bring out an RTX 3080 Ti that is supposed to double the VRAM of the standard version to 20 GB of GDDR6X – both the RX 6800 XT and the 6900 XT have 16 GB of GDDR6.
Another reason for the move could be the availability issues plaguing the current crop of Ampere cards. Nvidia has announced that this shortage will last until February 2021, the same month that the RTX 3080 Ti is supposed to arrive.
Additionally, both releases assume that there will be two versions of the RTX 3060 (6GB and 12GB), both of which were also on HP’s list. The more powerful variant is slated to arrive between January 11 and 14, at the same time as CES, while the 6 GB card is slated to arrive in late January or early February. Interestingly, this 6GB RTX 3060 model was believed to start out as the RTX 3050 Ti before Nvidia renamed it.