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The GeForce RTX 3080 Ti comes later than expected

Let’s start with the long awaited GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, which has turned out to be more and more probable, but whose appearance should be further delayed. If I can believe my own sources, which refer to both NVIDIA and AMD, NVIDIA waited for the launch of the new RX 6000 series and then analyzed all the results very thoroughly. Although the current GeForce RTX 3080 only has 10 GB of graphics memory compared to the current AMD cards with 16 GB, the results in Ultra-HD in particular have once again shown that this numerical disadvantage doesn’t really take effect in reality.

I had already mentioned it several times in my own tests that the GeForce RTX 3080 can always overtake the RX 6800 XT and partly even the RX 6900 XT in some games, especially in Ultra-HD, when the AMD cards were still only a bit faster or at least equal in WQHD. Speculations about a possible weakness of the GeForce in lower resolutions should not come true, however, because it has been heard from various sources (even AMD) that the cache prediction on the new Big Navi cards, especially in Ultra-HD, is anything but optimal and that in the end, bandwidth problems can and do occur, even if only slight ones (“prediction issues”).

A situation that, to NVIDIA’s delight, didn’t happen

This, in turn, allows NVIDIA to take a deep breath, and also lowers the priority level of a GeForce RTX 3080 Ti with a more generous memory expansion, while the card is set back in time. So take a deep breath and breathe. If the information I got from several sources (up to suppliers) is correct and congruent, then the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti with 20 GB graphics memory will be launched only after the CNY (Chinese New Year, 11 to 17 February) holidays, i.e. at the end of February at the earliest, may be even later.

That would be at least another two months, if not more. Q1 is still considered set, but since all boards already exist, switching to the GeForce RTX 3090 boards that can be equipped with memory on both sides is a mere formality for the board partners. After all, even the matching coolers and backplates are only for further use. So NVIDIA has all the time in the world to sort out its own current delivery problems first. That, in turn, remains to be hoped for.

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The GeForce RTX 3060 should come in two versions – déjà-vu with the GTX 1060 3 GB

Already at the virtual CES 2021 (January 11th to 14th, 2021) NVIDIA is supposed to introduce the new GeForce RTX 3060 12 GB and launch it quite soon. The production launch and nationwide availability in the retail sector is scheduled to take place by the end of January, or by the CNY at the latest. This counteracts then also the expected AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT 12 GB, about which I could already report. Interestingly enough there should be no 3050 Ti this time, because the RTX naming scheme should end with the 60 as usual.

The RTX 3050 Ti already planned and circulated, is to be marketed as RTX 3060 6 GB, whereby one is to set on identical boards, a similar and/or even the same chip and only 6 GB GDDR6 memory expansion. Exactly at this point I have to protect my own sources, because it seems that there are different specifications in circulation, but they only differ in details. Whether NVIDIA intentionally distributed different information or whether there were transmission errors or misunderstandings I can’t say, but it wouldn’t be the first time that they tried to narrow down possible sources of leaks. Therefore, for the time being there is no further information on the exact details.

Re-Size BAR – NVIDIA will be playing soon

Also this topic as AMD unique selling point will probably soon be a thing of the past. After the first BIOS extensions for Intel’s Z490 platform have already appeared on the motherboards (theoretically this would even be possible from Haswell on), NVIDIA will also actively support this feature. All new NVIDIA products will also support the Resizeable BAR feature in the BIOS, including driver support. Currently, there are ongoing discussions whether and when this should also be available for the already launched Ampere cards. SAM On for everyone? Let’s hope so.

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