Live GeForce RTX 3090 Ti image shows card that could soon be selling for close to US$4,000
The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 Ti has starred in a real-life image shared by VideoCardz (see below). The card looks practically identical to the RTX 3090 apart from having the premium Ti suffix attached to its name. Many of the alleged specs were leaked a couple of months ago, with the arguable headliners including a +1 TB/s memory bandwidth, 10,752 CUDA cores, and 24 GB GDDR6X memory running at a speedy 21 Gbps. The RTX 3090 Ti will be a power-hungry beast, with a TDP of 450 W, and there has even been mention of an OC model requiring a recommended 1,000 W PSU.
Of course, the impending release of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 Ti, which is expected to be officially announced at CES 2022, is something of a double-edged sword for gamers. Firstly, it does mean there should be an influx of new graphics cards into the starved market, and some of them might be available at MSRP to those lucky enough to pull the trigger on a purchase quickly enough. With the RTX 3090 having an official price of US$1,499, it has been estimated that the RTX 3090 Ti could cost between US$1,799 and US$2,000.
But an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 Ti launch will also attract attention from two other types of people: crypto miners and scalpers. It’s not certain whether the card will be interesting for crypto businesses, especially if it gets a restrictive MSRP, but it is certain that scalpers will snap up as many boards as possible knowing that prices for graphics cards are generally double the MSRP via third-party outlets. For instance, eBay is full of new RTX 3090 boards being offered for anywhere from US$2,500 to over US$6,000.
This means the RTX 3090 Ti could soon be attracting prices of around US$3,500 to US$4,000 if double a predicted MSRP can be expected. There is a possibility Nvidia itself might plump for a higher price for the card from the start, thus trying to circumvent scalper business and make a little bit more money for Team Green at the same time. The GeForce RTX 3090 Ti has a base rate of 1,560 MHz, boost of 1,860 MHz, and it utilizes the GA102-350 GPU.