Nvidia launched its RTX 30 series in September at an impressively low price point, but the series was far from complete, only with the RTX 3070, 3080 and 3090. Rumors and whispers did not inspire confidence either, and at first a 20 GB upgrade for the RTX 3080 teased before it was immediately removed. But now it looks like the graphics card is isin fact, on the way, with Asus leaking the popular RTX 3080 Ti with less than 20 GB of memory.
Two models of the RTX 3080 Ti were spotted on the company’s graphics card support page by the well-known leak HXL, also known as Asus’ flagship ROG Strix series. 9550pro on Twitter. These were not the only nuggets that could be found, as the database also contains two entries for the upcoming RTX 3060, which looks like it will contain 12 GB of GDDR6 memory – something previously discovered by Igor’s Lab.
These entries have since been removed, although they have added fuel to the fire, although they have led nowhere.
The ‘O20G’ and ‘O12G’ models are presumably the factory clock of ‘OC Editions’ we are used to from Asus, while the other two are probably standard versions without the company pushing the watches to their extreme.
– HXL (@ 9550pro) 25 December 2020
If there is truth to these leaks, the RTX 3060 will be sitting in a strange place compared to the 8GB RTX 3060 Ti, 8GB RTX 3070 and 10GB RTX 3080 already on the market. According to previous reports, there is presumably a 6GB RTX 3060 going on that will follow the usual logic and enter the grid seamlessly, but here is no sign of that.
The all but confirmed RTX 3080 Ti, on the other hand, is best regarded as a stripped-down RTX 3090 – a card that leans more towards professionals than gamers with 24 GB of memory and an expensive price tag of $ 1,499 / £ 1,399. But without the official word of Nvidia or its partners, it’s best to take this information with a pinch of salt for now.