Editor’s view: Since its launch in September, no new Nvidia RTX GPUs have hit the shelves. Since its release in November and December, no new AMD Radeon GPUs have been released. Let’s call it the first round and declare it a tie, then look at the second round: when there are cards on the shelf and players start voting with their wallets, who will they be?
Nvidia said. (The wording is used for clarity.)
Nvidia swayed with the RTX 3000 series, but their wings were surprising. Asus accidentally confirmed the existence of the RTX 3080 Ti and revealed that it has 20 GB of memory. The new card targets the RX 6900 XT.
The 20 GB variant of the RTX 3080 has been rumored for several months, and similar upgrades have been made in the stack: 16 GB RTX 3070 models as well as 12 GB and 6 GB RTX 3060 models are also expected. Nvidia’s senior vice president of GeForce Jeff Fisher is expected to announce them at a virtual event on January 12.
In terms of performance, Ti models will be slightly higher than similar models. The increased memory will provide a few percentage points of improved value, more improvements will be provided at higher resolutions, and it is rumored that an increase in clock frequency and core count may result in an upgrade of about 10%. In the worst case, their prices may be similarly boosted, but they are more likely to be only a little bit higher than the current suggested retail price. Therefore, vanilla models may also be discounted.
But the problem still exists. If Nvidia sells every card they can already produce, why do they need an upgraded version? (Does this mean they are expecting more inventory?) If DLSS and ray tracing and GPUs are selling points, why not prioritize them? (Well, it means that my blow is small…) But, most importantly, will AMD fight back?