Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti cards with 20 GB VRAM spotted in Russia, might only be some mislabeled models
Back in the last days of 2020, the first RTX 3080 Ti product codes were hitting the Eurasian Economic Commission for approval, and among these a Gigabyte Aorus model with 20 GB was spotted. However, when Nvidia officially revealed the 3080 Ti cards, the specs were limited to 12 GB. Was there ever a point when Nvidia intended to release 20 GB versions? High-end GPU stocks have been mostly constrained, but, as the supply chains are gradually fixing their issues, more and more cards are now trickling down, with quite a few RTX 3080 Ti popping in stock at some retailers around the world. In Russia, for example, someone spotted multiple RTX 3080 Ti models from Gigabyte that appear to feature 20 GB of VRAM instead of 12 GB, at least according to the product labels.
The pictures were recently posted by Videocardz and clearly show a product code that was initially submitted for approval back in late 2020 (GV-N308TAORUS X-20GD). There are pictures with labels on both the box and the card itself, yet there is no actual proof that these cards come equipped with 20 GB of VRAM. Videocardz is suggesting that Gigabyte might have reused some labels that it printed before knowing the final specs. One other clue presented on the labels that could disprove these cards pack 20 GB of VRAM is the mention of REV 9.0. Nvidia might have planned for 20 GB versions in early 2021, but if Gigabyte’s cards have already reached the ninth revision, chances seem quite slim for anything above 12 GB.
Videocardz is still waiting for confirmation regarding the VRAM capacity. If 20 GB versions indeed exist, most likely distributors will immediately list them for ridiculous premiums.