Leaked NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti benchmarks show the GA102 card on par with the GeForce RTX 3090
References to the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti have appeared online again, courtesy of a Chinese content creator named Big Hardware Player. The RTX 3080 Ti has been spoken of in the same breath as the RTX 3050 and RTX 3060, among other rumoured cards, although only the RTX 3060 has made it to market so far. Most recently, Palit registered RTX 3080 Ti SKUs with the EEC, while FinalWire added references to the card in an AIDA64 Extreme revision.
Big Hardware Player has gone much further than previous leaks, though. As the embedded video below shows, the content creator claims to have benchmarked the RTX 3080 Ti, albeit an engineering sample of it. Apparently, the card contains a GA102 GPU and shares almost all its specifications with the RTX 3090. However, its 320-bit interface lowers restricts its memory bandwidth to 760.3 GB/s, 175.9 GB/s lower than the bandwidth of the RTX 3090. The RTX 3080 Ti also has 20 GB of VRAM, rather than the 24 GB and 10 GB that the RTX 3090 and RTX 3080 have, respectively. Additionally, the RTX 3080 Ti has a 31 MHz lower base clock speed than the RTX 3090.
Unsurprisingly, the RTX 3080 Ti appears to perform slightly worse than the RTX 3090 in most cases, probably because of its inferior memory bandwidth and VRAM capacity.
We would be remiss for not mentioning some discrepancies in the leak, though. On the one hand, Big Hardware Player never shows an image of the alleged RTX 3080 Ti in his video. While this does not necessarily mean that the information supplied is fake, we find it curious that Big Hardware Player provided no images of the card when he offered so many details about the supposed engineering sample.
On the other hand, GPU-Z recognises the card as an RTX 3080 even though the SKU does not exist yet. Similarly, we doubt that TechPowerUp has updated GPU-Z to support a card that NVIDIA is yet to announce.
In short, not all seems correct with this leak. While it could well be true, there are quite a few red flags here. There is also hardly any difference in performance between the RTX 3080 Ti and RTX 3090, so we are at a loss as to why NVIDIA would release the former, anyway.