Rumors of an Nvidia RTX 3080 card with 20GB of RAM have ran wild since the card was first announced. Given the gap between the current RTX 3080’s 10GB and the RTX 3090’s 24GB, it seemed obvious that Nvidia would eventually fill that niche with a new SKU. But very little concrete evidence of an RTX 3080 Ti (or RTX 3080 Super) has surfaced until now.
According to PCGamesN, leaker HXL spotted a database entry on Asus’s support page listing two models of RTX 3080 Ti 20GB cards. Additionally, the leaker noticed two entries for an RTX 3060 with 12GB of RAM. Unfortunately, these have been removed but HXL’s reputation is good enough that their screenshot isn’t likely to be a hoax.
The models listed follow Asus’s typical naming pattern. If previous Asus cards are anything to go by, the difference between the two models is that one will have a factory overclock, and one will run at stock speeds.
RTX 3080 Ti
Nvidia’s RTX 30 series has been lauded for its lower cost and higher performance compared to RTX 20 series cards. However, the line launched without a card that filled the same niche the GTX 1080 Ti and RTX 2080 Ti did. The omission of a model sitting between the RTX 3080’s $699 and the RTX 3090’s $1,499 price point is glaring considering there are many users who desire more RAM, but not necessarily higher performance.
Although the existence of RTX 3060 and RTX 3080 cards with more RAM is all but confirmed, no other details have leaked. Given supply issues with the initial models of RTX 30 series cards, it’s likely that we’d see another paper launch if the new GPUs launched anytime soon.