NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050, RTX 3050 Ti and a new RTX 3080 with 12 GB VRAM are all in the pipeline
It appears as though NVIDIA may be returning to graphics card it shelved over the next few months. According to multiple reports, NVIDIA is considering releasing the GeForce RTX 3050, RTX 3050 Ti and an RTX 3080 with 12 GB of VRAM, all cards that the company had allegedly scrapped at one point or another. An RTX 3090 Ti is also due next January at CES 2022, as is an RTX 3070 Ti with 16 GB of VRAM.
Reputedly, NVIDIA has informed its partners that the RTX 3080 12 GB will replace the current 10 GB model. Currently, the RTX 3080 relies on a 320-bit memory bus width, too small for 12 GB of VRAM. Accordingly, VideoCardz also claims that the RTX 3080 12 GB will adopt a 384-bit bus, matching the RTX 3080 Ti.
The revised card will feature a different GPU as well, moving from the GA102-202 in the RTX 3080 LHR to the GA102-220. However, the RTX 3080 12 GB may not feature an increased CUDA count. Potentially, NVIDIA could brand this card as the RTX 3080 SUPER, although this is just speculative on our behalf.
Separately, @kopite7kimi asserts that the RTX 3050 and RTX 3050 Ti remain on the cards. While release dates are unknown, the RTX 3050 and RTX 3050 Ti are thought to include the following specifications:
GeForce RTX 3050
- GA107-350 GPU
- 4 GB/8 GB GDDR6 VRAM
- 128-bit memory bus width
- Greater than 90 W TGP
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti
- GA106-150 GPU
- 6 GB/12 GB GDDR6 VRAM
- 192-bit memory bus width