The NVIDIA Computex 2021 keynote included its latest GPUs reveal: the RTX 3080 Ti and 3070 Ti. As with previous Ti iterations, the new cards represent an upgrade over the regular versions with more VRAM and improved performance.

GeForce RTX 3080 Ti

The RTX 3080 looks a lot like the RTX 3080, with the same design and ports. The main difference is a power requirements and VRAM. The RTX 3080 Ti comes with more VRAM than the RTX 3080, 12GB of GDDR6X in total. This new GPU is essentially as close as possible to an RTX 3090 on paper, with half the VRAM. The price of $1199 is the same price NVIDIA uses for the 2080 Ti Founders Edition RTX cards and is $300 less than the top tier RTX 3090.

It has the same power requirements as the RTX 3090. You will need a power supply of at least 750 Watts and the video card can absorb up to 350 Watts of power. Just like the RTX 3080 before, the 3080 Ti also uses Nvidia's new 12-pin connector. Nvidia will include an adapter compatible with 8-pin cables.

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti

The second board NVIDIA announced today is the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti. Unlike the RTX 3080 Ti, this board does not have such a close product within the current NVIDIA stack. This new RTX 3070 card, which is once again based on the GA104 GPU, essentially achieves the maximum performance obtainable with NVIDIA's Ampere architecture, unleashing 48 Streaming Multiprocessors and the GDDR6X VRAM, giving GA104 access to its maximum memory bandwidth and capacity.

However, these extra benefits have a cost: power requirements. While the RTX 3070 was a 220W TDP card, the RTX 3070 takes the TDP to 290W.

Both new RTX cards will support all Nvidia's ray-tracing, DLSS and Reflex technologies. More than 50 games now support Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS), delivering performance improvements to AI-powered games.

Specs comparison

  RTX 3090 RTX 3080 Ti RTX 3080 RTX 3070 Ti RTX 3070
CUDA Cores 10496 10240 8704 6144 5888
ROPs 112 112 96 96 96
Boost Clock 1.7GHz 1.67GHz 1.71GHz 1.77GHz 1.725GHz
Memory Clock 19.5Gbps GDDR6X 19Gbps GDDR6X 19Gbps GDDR6X 19Gbps GDDR6X 14Gbps GDDR6
Memory Bus Width 384-bit 384-bit 320-bit 256-bit 256-bit
Single Precision Perf. 35.7 TFLOPS 34.1 TFLOPS 29.8 TFLOPS 21.7 TFLOPS 20.3 TFLOPS
Tensor Perf. (FP16) 143 TFLOPS 136 TFLOPS 119 TFLOPS 87 TFLOPS 81 TFLOS
Tensor Perf. (FP16-Sparse) 285 TFLOPS 273 TFLOPS 238 TFLOPS 174 TFLOPS 163 TFLOPS
TDP 350W 350W 320W 290W 220W
GPU GA102 GA102 GA102 GA104? GA104
N. Transistor 28B 28B 28B 17.4B 17.4B
Architecture Ampere Ampere Ampere Ampere Ampere
Manufacturing Process Samsung 8nm Samsung 8nm Samsung 8nm Samsung 8nm Samsung 8nm
Launch date 09/24/2020 06/03/2021 09/17/2020 06/10/2021 10/29/2020
Price MSRP: $1499 MSRP: $1199 MSRP: $699 MSRP: $599 MSRP: $499

Despite Nvidia's introduction of cryptomining-optimized cards (CMP HX) and the limitation of mining performance of gaming GPUs (now renamed LHR, with a low hash rate), the global shortage of chips continues to drive up GPU prices and demand is still incredibly high. NVIDIA has already announced that these supply issues will continue throughout 2021, so don't expect to be able to easily get an RTX 3080 Ti or RTX 3070 Ti in this historical period.

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Will launch on June 3rd, while the RTX 3070 will be available a week later.