NVIDIA may unveil the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti over a week before its May 26 release date
Last week, it emerged that NVIDIA plans to begin selling the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti on May 26, with the RTX 3070 Ti to follow a month later. According to past leaks, the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti has a GA102-225 GPU, a cutdown version of the GA102-300 that NVIDIA uses in the GeForce RTX 3090. The GeForce RTX 3080 Ti is expected to feature 10,240 CUDA cores and 12 GB of GDDR6X VRAM running at 19 Gbps on a 384-bit interface, albeit with a 320 W TDP limit.
Now, NVIDIA is believed to have set a launch date for its next GA102-based card. According to ITHome and Expreview forums, NVIDIA will announce the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti on May 18, which is just three weeks from today. The post reiterates that NVIDIA has embargoed GeForce RTX 3080 Ti reviews until May 25, a day before the card's release date.
It is unclear if NVIDIA plans to release a GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Founders Edition card, as it has done with all but the GeForce RTX 3060. If that is not the case, then AIBs will pick up the slack for the card that NVIDIA is expected to launch for US$999. While this price would put the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti closer to the GeForce RTX 3080's price than the GeForce RTX 3090, we imagine AIBs will set higher prices owing to limited availability.