Nvidia has announced two new graphics card models, one of which should be released today. The Geforce RTX 3080Ti (coming first) and the RTX 3070Ti are drilled-out versions of the basic models, which bring them closer to the performance of the next stronger card. At a price that lies between the two extremes.
The Geforce RTX 3080Ti should cost $1199, the RTX 3070Ti $599, at least in theory, perhaps not cheap, but understandably priced.
Digital Foundry has already tested the RTX 3080Ti and found that it only lags the 3090 by 3 percent in performance. A card that, according to the recommended retail price, is 350 euros more expensive.
The 3080Ti has 12GB GDDR6 memory and 10240 CUDA processing units, almost 18 percent more than the normal 3080.
The catch is, some people have wanted to buy a 3070 or 3080 since the launch of the RTX 30 series, but even reputable retailers only find moon prices listed – for which they cannot even be bought because there are simply none there. A combination of the cryptocurrency gold rush and manufacturing difficulties has spawned a scalper culture that only exacerbated the availability problem.
The release date for the new GPUs on June 3rd or 10th for the 3080Ti / 3070Ti. Therefore it definitely raises questions about what “release” actually means in this context if there is no practical availability afterward.
Otherwise, as you can see from Digital Foundry, the new models are definitely caused for joy – more options are always good. The only question is when you can get it at the same price when “normal” 3080s used to go for well over 1000 euros. But maybe there will finally be some movement in the whole thing?
Nvidia cards are particularly popular with gamers because of DLSS, a deep learning-based super-sampling process that delivers extremely clean images with a fantastic performance in games that support it. This is possible because the graphic is natively rendered significantly lower resolution and then extrapolated via DLSS.