The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 is ready to kick off a next-gen of graphics greatness for PC gamers. The best news is that it could be at only a few months away.
The latest graphics cards utilizing Nvidia’s Ampere architecture are speculated to come this year, introducing some of the best upgrades to the already mighty RTX 20-series. Here is what you need to know.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Launch Date
According to a report from TweakTown released in March, the Nvidia RTX 3080 could be unveiled as soon as August 2020, with a September launch to come.
Some rumors suggested that the card could arrive at Computex 2020 in late September. The fate of the giant Taiwan tech show is unfortunately unknown as TechRadar reports that the Intel, AMD, and Nvidia might all skip the event.
An August reveal would be similar to the RTX 2080, which was announced in 2018 and sold at a short time after. The RTX 20 Super series was launched in July 2019.
However, according to these periods, it isn’t unreasonable to foresee the Nvidia RTX 3080 to arrive by summer 2020. But, the Covid-19 pandemic may have postponed the development of the RTX 3080 to later in the year.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Specs and Features
We don’t know the specs of the Nvidia RTX 3080 yet, but we know that it’ll be based on Nvidia’s Ampere graphics technology. According to Nvidia, Ampere is the most significant “7nm chip ever developed” and is built for better AI performance and a quick 1.6TB/s of memory bandwidth.
The RTX 30 series’ 7nm architecture would continue in the footsteps of AMD’s Radeon VII (the first GPU to utilize a 7nm process). Such a thing would mean even better power performance within a smooth and probably affordable design.
As for the nitty-gritty specs, the newest leaks unveil an RTX 3080 that might be too good to be true. A list of speculated specs has been posted on the Twitter account of KittyCorgi, and the Chinese webpage MyDrivers. Both are suggesting possible RTX 3080 and 3070 variants that would be a significant step up from their predecessors.
The KittyCorgi, for instance, indicated two variants. A GA103, which is believed to arrive with 3,840 cores, a 320-bit memory bus, and a 10/20GB of graphics RAM. The other model is the GA104, which is said to house 3072 cores, a 256-bit memory bus, and an 8/16GB of graphics RAM.