New rumors suggest NVIDIA is gearing up to release its new line of Ampere series GPUs by the end of this year. Among them is the long-rumored GeForce RTX 3080 Ti (or whatever name NVIDIA decides to settle on), which will reportedly storm past the performance of the existing RTX 2080 Ti by up to 40%.
The leak comes from a relatively new source on Twitter, named @KittyCorgi, and as such, we suggest approaching the rumor with a degree of skepticism. Nevertheless, it's pretty tantalizing stuff if the leak turns out to be true.
The tweet includes a list of specifications for no less than five different GPUs set to form part of the Ampere family, all based on Samsung's 10nm process node. Before we dive, it's worth noting that each of these will be ray-tracing enabled, even the lowest spec, lower-cost ones. The suggestion is that NVIDIA's main aim with the next-gen GPUs is to improve RTX performance across the board.
First up, we have the GPU codenamed GA102, which will be the line's most powerful card and spearhead the Ampere line. The naming suggests it will act as a successor to the TU102 GPU, currently forming the backbone of the RTX 2080 Ti and RTX Titan GPUs. It boasts 5376 CUDA cores, 12 GB of memory, and a bus-width of 384-bit. We're likely to see the GA102 used in an RTX 3080 Ti and next-gen Titan equivalent.
Moving on, we come to GA103 with 3840 CUDA cores, 12 GB memory, and 320-bit bus width, with a performance gain on RTX 2080 Ti of around 10%. This one should replace the RTX 3080.
Next up, we have the GA104 with 3072 CUDA cores, 8 GB of memory, and a bus width of 256-bit. The suggestion is the GA104 would power an RTX 3070 with performance reaching 95% of the RTX 2080 Ti. If the hierarchy on show here is anything to go by, we might be looking at the power of an RTX 2080 Ti at a much more affordable price.
Rounding off the new GPUs, we have the GA106 with 1920 CUDA cores, 6 GB memory, 192-bit bus width, and the GA107 with 1280 CUDA cores, 4 GB memory, and 128-bit bus width. We imagine these will target the budget market.
As always, approach this latest leak with a salt shaker at the ready in anticipation of an official announcement from NVIDIA.