As the month of September draws nearer, rumors and leaks regarding NVIDIA’s next generation graphics card based on the new Ampere architecture is gaining momentum. The architecture itself is no longer mystery as NVIDIA already revealed it last month. However, most of us gamers and PC enthusiasts are more excited about the upcoming “RTX 3000” series graphics cards. A leaked photo of an alleged RTX 3080 already surfaced early this month. And now, alleged specs of an “RTX 3080”, “RTX 3090” and an Ampere-based TITAN shows up.
UPDATE: GeForce RTX 3080 Graphics Cards available on Newegg.com here, B&H Photo here
Alleged NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090, RTX 3080, and TITAN Ampere Specifications Leaked
You know the drill; these are just rumors. And honestly, we don’t know if they are real or not, or if the final product will have these kinds of specifications. NVIDIA could easily change the name of these products and/or their specifications; even on the last minute. So, take it with a few spoon-full of salt.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Rumored Specs
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 is said to sport a GA102-200 GPU chip with 4352 CUDA cores. It will also feature 10GB of VRAM with 19Gbps of memory speed. The memory is rumored to be GDDR6X running on a 320-bit memory interface.
For comparison, the current RTX 2080 features 2944 CUDA cores with 8GB GDDR6 running at 14Gbps. Meanwhile, the RTX 2080 Super features a slightly higher 3072 CUDA cores, and an 8GB GDDR6 memory running at a higher memory speed of 15.5Gbps.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Rumored Specs
The alleged RTX 3090 is actually a mysterious one. There are rumors that it will be called “RTX 3080 Ti”, but recent rumors say it’s “RTX 3090”. Either way, they are rumors and like I said earlier, NVIDIA could easily change the name and specs of these next gen graphics cards.
So, the rumored specs for the GeForce RTX 3090 goes like this: GA102-300 GPU chip with 5248 CUDA cores, and 12GB of GDDR6X memory with a speed of 21Gbps. For comparison, the current flagship RTX 2080 Ti features 4352 CUDA cores and 11GB of GDDR6 memory running at 14Gbps.
That’s basically the same number of CUDA cores as the rumored RTX 3080. I might be wrong, but I doubt that the “RTX 3080” will have the same performance as the RTX 2080 Ti or even same number of CUDA cores. I’m expecting that the RTX 3080 would be faster than the current RTX 2080 Ti by a noticeable margin.
So, if ever there is an RTX 3090 or RTX 3080 Ti, I am expecting a significant performance jump from the best RTX 2080 Ti cards. Many upcoming (AAA) games are expected to feature real time ray tracing and they are going to be more graphics intensive than ever.
NVIDIA RTX TITAN Ampere Rumored Specs
Interestingly, rumor says NVIDIA will release an “RTX TITAN” based on the Ampere architecture as well. I’m not surprised if NVIDIA will release a TITAN. They usually do, but it’s a bit early to drop a TITAN along with the RTX cards. Usually they release a TITAN card a few months after the flagship gaming graphics card is released.
Anyway, the “2nd gen NVIDIA Titan Ampere” is rumored to be powered by a GA102-400 GPU chip. It is said to feature 5376 CUDA cores, just 128 more CUDA cores from the RTX 3090. But it will have 24GB of GDDR6X memory. It’s not a surprise if the memory is doubled; TITANs aren’t geared towards gaming consumers. But according to rumors, its memory speed is only 17Gbps, which is a bit odd. The memory speed is slower than an RTX 3080?
At the end of the day, these are just rumors, unconfirmed information and leaks. And only NVIDIA’s CEO Jensen Huang, along with his engineers, knows the real deal.
Nevertheless, I’m very excited to see what these upcoming graphics cards can do. I expect more from these next gen graphics cards since AMD is also going to release “Big Navi” and RDNA 2. Competition is hopefully going to intensify. On top of that, the upcoming Xbox Series X and PS5 are no slouch as well.