The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 with 20 GB of VRAM lives on as MSI registers eight SKUs with the EEC
There have been plenty of rumours flying around about NVIDIA releasing a slew of RTX 30 series cards, from the RTX 3050 up to the RTX 3080 Ti. Originally, NVIDIA unveiled three RTX 30 cards, although it has now bolstered its product stack to four with the RTX 3060 Ti, ticking off one of the rumoured one cards in the process. The company was also thought to have a 20 GB edition of the RTX 3080 and a 16 GB version of the RTX 3070 planned, but these rumours came to an end in October as NVIDIA was said to have cancelled both of them.
The 16 GB version of the RTX 3070 has not returned, but MSI has submitted eight RTX 3080 20 GB SKUs to the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC). Typically, registrations like this indicate that a company is on the verge of making a product announcement, but we have nothing else about the RTX 3080 20 GB in recent months.
The listing also suggests that MSI plans to relaunch its Sea Hawk and Aero series. The listing contains multiple SKUs from both series, including the likes of the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090. There are RTX 3080 20 GB SKUs of both series too, although only the pre-installed X version for the Sea Hawk range. The RTX 3080 20 GB SKUs are as follows:
- RTX 3080 SUPRIM Z 20G
- RTX 3080 SUPRIM X 20G
- RTX 3080 SUPRIM 20G
- RTX 3080 SEA HAWK X 20G
- RTX 3080 GAMING TRIO 20G
- RTX 3080 AERO 20G
- RTX 3080 VENTUS 3X 20G OC
- RTX 3080 VENTUS 3X 20G
It is worth noting that MSI has already released most of the RTX 3060 Ti SKUs on the EEC listing, as its website confirms. Hence, it would seem strange for MSI to have registered the names of eight RTX 3080 20 GB SKUs if it does not plan to release them. NVIDIA apparently has more hardware announcements planned for January 2021, so we may see the RTX 3080 20 GB arrive then.