Still struck by the shortage of semiconductors, Nvidia has nevertheless announced a new series of graphics cards: the RTX 3070 Ti and 3080 Ti. These revisions of the cards released at the end of 2020 complete the manufacturer’s 30 series.
Nvidia has been busy since announcing its latest graphics cards. At the end of 2020, the manufacturer was facing such great demand that the 3080 and 3090 were regularly out of stock. Regardless of the fact that the shortage is not over, the 3070 Ti and 3080 Ti are now official.
Prices and availability
The 3080 Ti slips between the “standard” 3080 and the 3090 which remains the most upscale card in the catalog. This Ti revision will be sold for 1199 euros and will be available from June 3, 2021. The 3070 Ti is less ambitious, it will fit between the 3070 and the 3080 in the range and will cost 619 euros. Its release is scheduled for June 10, 2021.
Nvidia promises on May 31, 2021 that these cards will offer ” considerable time savings for freelancers and creatives specializing in video editing, 3D animation or architectural visualization ».
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
The 3080 Ti was clearly the star of Computex at Nvidia, the brand calling this card ” the ultimate evolution for GPU enthusiasts of all generations “. Concretely, the card is close to what the 3090 offers, but with 12 GB of memory against 24 for the 3090.
|GeForce RTX 3080||GeForce RTX 3080 Ti||Geforce RTX 3090|
|Architecture||8 nm GA102||8 nm GA102||8 nm GA102|
|Boosted cadence||1710 MHz||1665 Mhz||1695 Mhz|
|Memory||10 Go GDDR6X||12 Go GDDR6X||24 GO GDDR6X|
|Bandwidth||760 Go/s||912 Go/s||936 Go/s|
|Price||699 €||1199 €||1499€|
The 3080 Ti is therefore much more powerful on paper than the standard 3080 and does not forget to include ray-tracing and DLSS. Only the absence of the NVLink can discourage professionals, but otherwise the 3080 Ti seems ideally suited for video games.
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti
The Nvidia 3070 Ti promises to deliver 2x better performance than the 1070 Ti. The characteristics are as follows:
- Architecture : 8 nm GA104
- CUDA hearts: 6144
- Boosted cadence: 1770 MHz
- Memory: 8 GB GDDR6X
- Memory bus: 256-bit
- Bandwidth: 608 GB / s
- Price: 619 euros
Pandemic, scalpers and mining
As attractive as these technical characteristics are, Nvidia’s new cards will face a major challenge: availability. The manufacturer promises that many cards will be available at launch, but will the general public be able to buy some? Nothing is less sure.
The “scalpers”, these Internet users who buy models en masse and then sell them at a higher price, are very probably on the lookout. On the other hand, Bitcoin die-hards should skip their turn since the 3070 and 3080 Ti include a hashrate limiter that will complicate cryptocurrency mining.
However, as we said above, the industry is still paralyzed by a shortage of semiconductors which makes it extremely difficult to bring new products to market. With now even more products in its catalog, Nvidia will have to fight to provide graphics cards to everyone or else create frustration for gamers.
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