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NVIDIA GA102-250 RTX 3080 Ti with 9,984 CUDA cores and 384-bit memory interface allegedly in the pipeline

A leaked Asus RTX 3080 Ti card's faceplate. (Image Source: Videocardz)
A leaked Asus RTX 3080 Ti card's faceplate. (Image Source: Videocardz)
NVIDIA apparently has an RTX 3080 Ti with 9,984 CUDA cores in development and is likely to position it between the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090. Details of the rumored RTX 3080 Ti are not fully available except for the fact that it uses a GA102-250 GPU with a 384-bit memory bus and possibly feature either 12 GB or 24 GB of GDDR6X VRAM.

So far, we have seen NVIDIA introduce the RTX 3090, RTX 3080, and now the RTX 3070 GPUs with the RTX 3060 and the corresponding mobile variants slated to arrive in the not-so-distant future as well. Now, it looks like we might also see an intermediary card that lies between the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090.

Known leaker @kopite7kimi has managed to discover a new GPU name GA102-250-A1 with 9,984 CUDA cores and a 384-bit memory bus with GDDR6X support. While no other details are available at the moment, the 384-bit bus in an indication that the card may be sport either 12 GB or 24 GB of GDDR6X VRAM. 

For perspective, the RTX 3080 (GA102-200) features 8,704 CUDA cores and 10 GB of GDDR6X VRAM on a 320-bit memory bus. The RTX 3090 (GA102-300), on the other hand, features 10,496 CUDA cores and 24 GB of GDDR6X VRAM. Therefore, the leaked specs of GA102-250 with 1,280 more CUDA cores than the RTX 3080 seem to suggest that it may eventually turn out to be an RTX 3080 Ti.

Previously, @kopite7kimi also suggested the possibility of an RTX 3070 Ti with 7,424 CUDA cores, 10 GB GDDR6X, and a 320 W TGP to potentially take on what is now known as the AMD Radeon RX 6800.

Though past clues have been alluding to the presence of the RTX 3080 Ti in the works, there's no guarantee that the RTX 3080 Ti may see the light of the day. In fact, there were reports on NVIDIA canceling two SKUs in development — the RTX 3080 20 GB and the RTX 3070 16 GB.

However, given the enormous price gap between the RTX 3080 and the RTX 3090, a middle-ground RTX 3080 Ti may not be such a bad idea after all.

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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2020-10-29 (Update: 2020-10-30)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.