The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti has finally been revealed. After months of leaks percolating around, the new powerful GeForce RTX 30-series graphics card has been officially detailed by Nvidia.
Nvidia used a virtual event at Computex 2021 to reveal both the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti and GeForce RTX 3070 Ti, further bolstering its range of Ampere-based graphics cards.
As it's very hard to find where to buy the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 these days, an upgraded take on that graphics card could see the RTX 3080 Ti offer an alternative for people who can’t get the GeForce RTX 3080 and don’t want to splash $1,499 on the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090.
So with that in mind, here’s what we know about the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti release date
Revealed on May 31, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti will be released on June 3. Given the popularity of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 since it's launch, don't expect the RTX 3080 Ti to be easy to find unless you're very fast and lucky, as it's likely to see out rather quickly.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti price
As the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti is a supercharged version of the GeForce RTX 3080, it’s got a starting price tag of $1,119. That's a good bit pricier than the $699 RTX 3080, but cheaper than the $1,499 RTX 3090.
However the demand for GeForce RTX 3080 Ti is likely to be very high; that’s been the case with all new Nvidia and AMD graphics cards for the past eight months or so. And that could mean retailers and scalpers cranking up the price of the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti. Nvidia has measures to ensure the RTX 3080 doesn't appeal to cryptocurrency miners, but more general scalpers are likely to continue to be a separate problem for Team Green.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti specs
|Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080||Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti||Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090|
|Nvidia CUDA Cores||8,704||10,240||10,496|
|Boost Clock (GHz)||1.71||1.66||1.70|
|Standard Memory Config||10GB GDDR6X||12GB GDDR6X||24GB GDDR6X|
|Memory Interface Width||320-bit||384-bit||384-bit|
|Memory speed||19 Gbps||N/A||19.5 Gbps|
|Memory bandwidth||760.3 GB/s||912.4 GB/s||936.2 GB/s|
|Ray tracing cores||68||80||82|
|Ports||HDMI 2.1, DisplayPort 1.4a (3x)||HDMI 2.1, DisplayPort 1.4a (3x)||HDMI 2.1, DisplayPort 1.4a (3x)|
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti performance
The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti will target 4K resolution gaming, much like the GeForce RTX 3080, though aiming to deliver faster frame rates this time. It's targeted at PC gamers looking to upgrade form the old GeForce RTX 1080 Ti or the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, which the RTX 3080 Ti is 1.5x faster than.
Expect the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti to enable you to not only crank all the graphics settings up in demanding games like Cyberpunk 2077, but also switch on full ray tracing and potentially game at 120 frames per second or above.
That could be a big ask. But the extra memory, CUDA cores and higher clock speeds could certainly give the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti a boost over its less powerful sibling.
In short, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti sits between the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090, targeting PC fans who want a graphics card that delivers stellar 4K gaming performance but isn’t overkill for the resolution of their desktop setup.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti outlook
There's an argument that the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti isn’t really needed when the RTX 3080 is more than enough for most games. But as game developers come to grips with the capabilities of the PS5 and Xbox Series X, they’ll start to push graphics further, meaning PC games with everything dialed up to the max could demand a lot for even the most powerful GPUs.
As powerful as the RTX 3080 is, it will still struggle to run the most demanding games at 60 frames per second with ray tracing enabled. So the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti could provide a boost to make smooth high-fidelity 4K gaming beyond 60 fps an achievable target. And now that high refresh rate monitors are more readily available, gamers who want compromise-free graphics and performance could see the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti as a tantalizing prospect.
Of course, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti is likely to have limited stock to begin with and fall victim to the great graphics card shortage of 2021. But it’s certainly a graphics card to get excited about, or you could just buy one of the pre-built rigs from our best gaming PCs roundup.