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New Nvidia RTX 3080 upgrade just leaked — and it could crush AMD Big Navi

Galax RTX 3080
(Image credit: Galax)

The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 has only just been released, but there’s a fairly substantial rumor that a new 20GB version is on its way, alongside a GeForce RTX 3060. 

A presentation from graphics card maker Galax, spotted by VideoCardz, showed off a 20GB version of the RTX 3080 alongside the 10GB version of the GPU that’s available now if you can find it. And the presentation also listed the GeForce RTX 3060, though no specs for that card were mentioned.  

A 20GB GeForce RTX 3080 would likely be a "Super" or "Ti" version of the vanilla graphics card. We’ve seen Nvidia do this with the GeForce RTX 2080, though the RTX 2080 Ti was a launch card and the Super variant came along quite a bit after. However, this Galax presentation could simply be a roadmap for what GPUs Nvidia might be working on to push out to its card partners, rather than a clue that new additions to the RTX 3000-series are incoming. 

That being said, Nvidia often follows up its high-end graphics card with a mid-range variant with "60" in its model name. As such, we’d be willing to place a lot of money on the rumor that a GeForce RTX 3060 is being worked on and will pop up either towards the end of the year or early 2021. 

Such a graphics card, if it’s well-specced and well-priced, would further challenge AMD’s Radeon graphics cards in the mid-range GPU arena. And it would likely be a retort to AMD's Radeon RX 6000 series

Led by AMD Big Navi, we’re expecting the Radeon RX 6000 series to bring in at least one powerful graphics card to take on the RTX 3080, as well as a clutch of other cards to challenge Nvidia at different tiers.

With that in mind, a powered up RTX 3080 would help Nvidia keep Big Navi at bay without relying on its very expensive and very powerful $1,499 GeForce RTX 3090. And an RTX 3060 would take on any mid-range or mainstream new Radeon graphics cards. 

Galax’s presentation also mentioned an unnamed graphics card with the model number “PG142 SKU 0” that could be a Super variant on the GeForce RTX 3070, which hasn't been released yet but will come in October time. Speaking of October, AMD will reveal its new Radeon graphics cards on October 28

So with AMD Big Navi arriving in October, PS5 and Xbox Series X coming in November, and new Nvidia RTX 3000-series graphics cards on the horizon, the coming months should be interesting for gamers of all varieties.  

  • os2wiz
    The headline screams 20GB 3080 could crush Big navi, but that is a lot of b.s. There is almost no room for overclocking in the Nvidia design.The density of all those transistors crammed into an inferior process makes these latest Nvidia gpu's power pigs and limited in clock speed. 20GB sounds great but in gaming it is over kill. 16 GB from AMD will be more than enough. So it is purely marketing hype on Nvidia's part and toyr article is deceptive and plays into Nvidia's hand instead of truly educating the consumer. You owe your users an apology for such subjective review. WE do not need Toms Guide as a cheerleader for Nvidia, but to give a reasoned understanding of the products. I will wait to see AMD's Radeon 6000 product line to make up my mind. You can stay on your Nvidia hype and shill train.
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  • Murissokah
    os2wiz said:
    There is almost no room for overclocking in the Nvidia design.The density of all those transistors crammed into an inferior process makes these latest Nvidia gpu's power pigs and limited in clock speed.

    https://www.tomsguide.com/news/nvidia-rtx-3080-overclocked-benchmarks-revealed-now-this-is-impressive
    You are right about the headline, though. It seems TH and TG are turning to some unnecessary sensationalism this days.
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  • Pete Mitchell
    os2wiz said:
    Blah blah blah

    You can stay on your Nvidia hype and shill train.

    You seem to be driving the AMD hype and shill train. Never understood the fanboi mentality. I mean really, who cares.
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  • Pete Mitchell
    Murissokah said:
    https://www.tomsguide.com/news/nvidia-rtx-3080-overclocked-benchmarks-revealed-now-this-is-impressive
    You are right about the headline, though. It seems TH and TG are turning to some unnecessary sensationalism this days.

    Very few tech websites avoid sensationalism these days.
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