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Incongruous NVIDIA GPU pops-up on Geekbench; does not seem like Ampere, but could it be an RTX 2080 Ti Super or a gimped Titan RTX?

A new Turing card is unlikely now, but you never know. (Image Souce: NVIDIA)
A new Turing card is unlikely now, but you never know. (Image Souce: NVIDIA)
A rather peculiar NVIDIA GPU has made its way to the Geekbench 5 OpenCL benchmark. According to the listing, the card has specs that would be reminiscent of an RTX 2080 Ti Super (if it ever existed) or a gimped Titan RTX. However, this could just be some optional config or an enthusiast's experiment as the likelihood of NVIDIA releasing a high-end Turing GPU this late is very low, especially given the fact that Ampere is just around the corner.
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Now that we know NVIDIA Ampere consumer GPUs would launch in the coming months, it would be safe to asume that any upcoming benchmark leaks about NVIDIA cards would mostly likely pertain to the new architecture. However, a new NVIDIA leak unearthed by popular leaker @_rogame seems somewhat atypical.

A variant of what could be an RTX 2080 Ti Super has recently surfaced on the Geekbench 5 OpenCL benchmarking site. A look at the specs indicates that this entry could pertain to an unannounced RTX 2080 Ti Super or even a new Titan RTX variant, but not an Ampere card.

According to the Geekbench 5 listing, this unknown NVIDIA GPU seems to have 72 Streaming Multiprocessors (SMs) with 4,608 CUDA cores, a 1.64 GHz core clock, 12 GB of 14 Gbps GDDR6 384-bit VRAM, and a 6 MB L2 cache. Essentially, this makes it a Titan RTX with half the VRAM. The actual RTX 2080 Ti, in contrast, has 68 SMs with 4,352 CUDA cores, a 1.65 GHz core clock, 11 GB of 14 Gbps GDDR6 352-bit VRAM, and a 5.5 MB L2 cache.

The GPU, which appears to have been tested in a Razer Blade laptop as an eGPU setup, scored 162,301 points in the Geekbench 5 OpenCL test. The score seems to be slightly higher than an RTX 2080 Ti (161,491) but significantly ahead of the Titan RTX (139,581). So could it really be that we are looking at an RTX 2080 Ti Super or at the very least, a gimped Titan RTX here?

There have been reports of an RTX 2080 Ti Super being in the works for quite some time now. However, the chances of NVIDIA doing a new Turing addition this late is somewhat less likely, especially when it comes to high-end GPUs. Moreover, we see that this entry shows a 14 Gbps VRAM, which seems a bit improbable for a high-end GPU in 2020.

Therefore, it could be that NVIDIA is probably testing an optional config that may not make it to actual production or it could have been some hobbyist trying to mix and match stuff between a Titan RTX and an RTX 2080 Ti (like this experiment we've seen before).

Whatever this GPU may be, ultimately, its chances of being seen in the wild are highly slim — unless, of course, NVIDIA wants to spring up a last minute surprise and plans to offer high-end Turing at an enticing price to counter AMD's RDNA2 offerings.

Is this an RTX 2080 Ti Super? (Image Source: Geekbench)
Is this an RTX 2080 Ti Super? (Image Source: Geekbench)
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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2020-07-12 (Update: 2020-07-12)