If you are undecided about Nvidia’s current batch of RTX 30 GPUs, or more likely unable to find stock due to shortages, then you may be interested to know that the company appears to have more models up its sleeve.
The news comes through the AIDA64 benchmarking tool, which has been pretty good at raising unannounced GPUs in the past. The intriguing list, captured below by @Komachi_Ensaka on Twitter, not only mentions a previously rumored RTX 3050 and RTX 3080 Ti but includes several mobile laptop-compatible variants of the existing RTX 30 hardware.
For price-sensitive buyers, the RTX 3050 will be the real prize on the list. RTX 30 series graphics cards currently start at $ 399 for this RTX 3060 Ti, so the existence of a lower member of this family is certainly attractive. The leak indicates that it will be built around the GA107 chip, so you can expect a hit in performance, but the overall improvements found in the Ampere architecture will likely still provide an arm shot for most desktop setups.
The RTX 3080 Ti, meanwhile, is the opposite end of the market. Built on top of Nvidia’s GA102 chip, it’s rumored to come with 20GB of VRAM, making it a GPU aimed squarely at those who want great performance and have budgets to match. You can expect it to sit somewhere between the RTX 3080 ($ 699) and the RTX 3090 ($ 1,499) in price, and rival the Radeon RX 6900 XT in terms of performance.
Then there are these mobile offerings: these RTX 3070 also 3060 mobile chips, built into this GA104M and GA106M GPUs. Most likely the M stands for “mobile”, indicating a custom configuration that will most likely have a lower core spec than its desktop counterparts. That’s not to downplay them – the best RTX 20 series GPU gaming laptops are capable of impressive performance even with ray tracing, so any upgrade will be hugely attractive to those with an eye on a new one gaming laptop in the new year
Desktop GPUs are heavily rumored for January 2021, but there have been no hints as to when the laptop versions will see the light of day. Whenever, if you’re in the mood for new Nvidia hardware, expect a fight on your hands: “scarcity” has been the RTX 30’s watchword to date, and it looks set to continue well into the new year.
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