While Nividia had chosen the option of replacing the first RTX 20s with Super versions after a year of marketing, this will not be the case with the RTX 30s which are this time supplemented by two new high-end 8-month references. after the release of the first models.
Nvidia does not reinvent the wheel and “plays” with the internal layout of its chips. In other words, the two new references launched at Computex take over the existing chips, but with a somewhat different distribution of computing units. Everything else (architecture, design, functionality) remains unchanged.
The result is a GeForce RTX 3080 Ti with extremely similar technical characteristics – with a few units – to those of a GeForce RTX 3090. Two notable differences, however: the graphics memory is halved and the cooling system differs. We thus find 12 GB of GDDR6X, which is much more in line with the needs of players, even in the long term. The 24 GB of the RTX 3090 are more in line with the audience now targeted by this card: the creators. Regarding the cooling system, the large triple-height block of the RTX 3090 is replaced by the cooling system of the GeForce RTX 3080. This system will be responsible for dissipating the heat emitted by this card, the power consumption of which is given for 350 watts .
The GeForce RTX 3070 Ti is for its part located halfway between the GeForce RTX 3070 and the GeForce RTX 3080. The cooling system is directly inherited from the RTX 3070 and we find the 8 GB of GDDR6X type graphics memory.
The GeForce RTX RTX 3080 Ti will be available from June 3 for € 1,199 in its Founders Edition version – sold exclusively on the manufacturer’s website via LDLC. An elitist price, far removed from that of the RTX 3080 (€ 719) and ultimately much closer to that of the RTX 3090 (€ 1,549) – at least with regard to the prices of Founders Edition, partner cards being sold at stratospheric rates for many months. The GeForce RTX 3070 Ti will go on sale a week later, on June 10, at an entry ticket placed at € 619 which promises to be quite competitive.
There remains the eternal question of availability. Nvidia is quite optimistic on the subject and hopes that players interested in these two models will easily find one. This will require a production that meets expectations, but also a limiter of hashrate, a system supposed to eliminate any interest in these cards for minors.