New leak reveals Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti pricing, anti-mining measures should help keep prices closer to MSRP
A new “leak” coming from Chinese site ITHome confirms most of the RTX 3080 Ti specs that have been circulating around for some weeks now, but also includes more info on the mining limitations and estimated pricing.
ITHome reports that the upcoming RTX 3080 TI cards will include the new GA102-202 / GA102-302 chips that come with almost as many CUDA cores as the RTX 3090 chips (10,240 vs 10,496) and also support slightly more GDDR6X VRAM over the non-TI version (12 GB vs 10 GB), plus a 384-bit bus. More memory certainly would not have hurt, but Nvidia seems to like those memory buses hovering above 300 bits. Theoretically, the RTX 3080 Ti could come very close to the RTX 3090 as far as performance goes, even with half the VRAM.
The pricing part is always a bit tricky these days. ITHome notes that the MSRP for the RTX 3080 Ti is set to ~$1,100, which is a decent discount from the RTX 3090, yet things are not exactly that clear-cut anymore with all the mining and scalping going on. Nvidia probably cannot do much to stop scalpers, and the chip shortages will most likely force a considerably low supply anyway. Still, Team Green may at least be able to avert the crypto miners with more reliable anti-mining solutions. Apparently, the RTX 3080 Ti cards will get all-new device and firmware only recognizable by new drivers integrating special code that halves the hashing power.
Founders’ Editions as well as slightly more expensive AIB variants for the RTX 3080 Ti are expected to hit retailers some time this May.