The newest rumours pin Nvidia’s RTX 3080 Ti for a May release, the similar month we’re anticipating the RTX 3070 Ti to reach. This date is trying a bit extra believable at present, after {hardware} leaker Komachi noticed 12 totally different Gigabyte 3080 Ti fashions on an EEC listing, suggesting the firm is gearing up for a looming launch.

Alongside your normal twin and trio fan air-cooled fashions are two water-cooled variants. The “GV-N308TAORUSX W-12GD” is more likely to be the Ti equal of the all-in-one Aorus RTX 3080 Xtreme Waterforce, whereas the “GV-N308TAORUSX WB-12GD” needs to be just like Gigabyte’s RTX 3080 RGB waterblock card, letting you hook it as much as customized water cooling loops.

These listings as soon as once more gas suspicions that the RTX 3080 Ti could have 12GB of GDDR6X VRAM, down from the initially deliberate 20GB capability. That’s solely two greater than you’ll discover on the authentic RTX 3080, however rumours additionally notice that it may pack a powerful 10,240 CUDA cores – solely 2.4% fewer than the 10,496 models present in the $1,499 RTX 3090.

At a potential MSRP of $999, it may go proper up in opposition to AMD’s present flagship, the RX 6900 XT. Although, similar to each graphics card launch throughout present stock issues, count on it to be resold for way above its MSRP as soon as the few out there at launch promote out.

Once we see benchmarks, we will get an concept of whether or not RTX 3080 Ti might be a  contender for the best graphics card for high-end gaming, probably providing close to 3090-levels of efficiency for an entire lot much less. Could that decreased VRAM, which is 4GB lower than AMD’s equal, maintain it again, although?