A Cut Down NVIDIA RTX 3080 With 10GB GDDR6X On The Way To Tackle RX 6800 XL From AMD? - PC SEEKERS

A Cut Down NVIDIA RTX 3080 With 10GB GDDR6X On The Way To Tackle RX 6800 XL From AMD?

NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 3070 will be available for purchase starting October 29th. But before that happens we are seeing rumours of a cut down version of the GeForce RTX 3080. We are not sure what it will be called though - an RTX 3070 Ti? An RTX 3080 CD (as in cut-down edition)? Or an RTX 3075? Time will tell. This story comes from resident leaker @kopite7kimi who have shared reliable information in the past.

According to @kopite7kimi NVIDIA is developing a new GPU on the GA102 die (both the RTX 3080 and the RTX 3090 are on the GA102 die) with 10GB of 320bit GDDR6X memory which also used on the RTX 3080 and a beefier 24GB GDDR6X memory on the RTX 3090 itself. This new GPU will still have the same 320W TGP as the RTX 3080 but the reference board is the PG132 SKU 35 where as the vanilla RTX 3080 was on the PG132 SKU 10. For more reference the RTX 3070 8GB is expected to be on the PG142 SKU 10.

Coming to the CUDA core count this card is expected to have 7424 CUDA cores where as - for reference - the RTX 3080 has 8704 CUDA cores (~17.2% more than the new PG132 SKU 35 card) and the RTX 3070 has 5888 CUDA cores (~20% less than the PG132 SKU 35 card). Though it is to be noted that increase in CUDA core count is not directly related to the increase in performance in the real world.
According to the leaker the performance of this card should lie somewhere between the RTX 3070 and the RTX 3080. I believe the performance would be a bit closer to that of the RTX 3080 itself given it is just a cut down version of the vanilla RTX 3080.
Also according to the rumour NVIDIA is developing this new SKU to tackle the RX 6800 XL which comes with 16GB of GDDR6 VRAM from AMD which is expected to beat the RTX 3070 hands down which only has 8GB of GDDR6 VRAM. Few enthusiasts are claiming that this move from NVIDIA is a panic move after having a brief look at the performance numbers that AMD showed at the end of their Ryzen 5000 Series CPU announcement. While few others are claiming that NVIDIA.

Coming to the part whether we will see this card on the market - It is a yes and a no. Yes if AMD is really competitive or beats NVIDIA in the GPU department in the next 3 days then NVIDIA has no other option but to either lower the prices of their existing cars or develop new SKUs just like this one that they can develop and sell for cheaper prices to stay competitive with AMD in the market. But then we all also know that AMD specially the Radeon section of AMD has not failed to disappoint us in the past and if that is the case yet again then NVIDIA has no reason to lower their prices or make their product segmentation more confusing by releasing cheaper SKUs that can end up killing the existing ones.
Or there is also a possibility that NVIDIA is just testing different cards with different specifications and options so that they can have more options on hand if AMD suddenly comes out with cards with price-to-performance ratios that nobody expected in the first place. All in all competition is good for the customers.
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What do you think? Will AMD beat NVIDIA with their GPUs and claim the performance crown like they did with Intel in the CPU market which might force NVIDIA do something they never wanted to do? Or will AMD disappoint us yet again? Do let us know down in the comments section below.

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