Rise of the Ti : Nvidia Introduces Gaming Flagship

After many leaks and many “it’s coming soon,” it is finally real and it’s here. Yes, the RTX 3080 Ti and RTX 3070 Ti are real. It seems Nvidia was just waiting for Computex?

SpecRTX 3070 TiRTX 3070RTX 3080 TiRTX 3080RTX 3090
CUDA cores6,1445,88810,2408,70410,496
Video memory8 GB  GDDR6X8 GB  GDDR612 GB GDDR6X10 GB GDDR6X24 GB GDDR6X
Memory bus256-bit256-bit384-bit320-bit384-bit
Memory bandwidth608 GB/s448 GB/s912 GB/s760 GB/s936 GB/s
TDP290 W220 W350 W320 W350 W
Price$599$499$1,199$699$1,499
Release dateJune 2021Sept 2020June 2021Sept 2020Sept 2020
Good luck finding a gpu for MSRP

Looking at the numbers, the RTX 3080 Ti should be almost as powerful as a RTX 3090, minus half the VRAM and a minor drop in total bandwidth, while the RTX 3070 Ti drops 2GB of VRAM from the RTX 3080 and reduces the CUDA cores by a fourth. The RTX 3080 Ti trims some GPU cooler fat too slimming down to being a 2-slot card for the reference design, which in itself should be a selling point for small form-factor builders!

Performance levels are good vs previous xx70 Ti models, but we would wait for independent reviews. Remember though, when looking at these performance numbers, the 1070 Ti launched at $449, and the 2070 Super launched at $499, while the 3070 Ti is MSRPing at a hefty $599. We’re getting increased performance and a notable increased price tag to go along with it.

There’s a similar performance bump here for the 3080 Ti vs previous xx80 Ti cards, and once again, pricing is on the increase. The 1080 Ti launched at $699, the 2080 Ti was $1,199 (perhaps the 2080 Super would have been a more-fitting comparison since the 2070 Super was used for the 3070 Ti? It had a launch price of $699). Compare those MSRPs to another high-flying price of $1,199.

Be sure to read the reviews for the launch reviews for the 3070 Ti and 3080 Ti and see if they’re worth the price hikes vs other cards on the market. That’s assuming you can get any of the new gen cards that is.

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