NVIDIA AIB Partners Point Towards Imminent RTX 3080 Ti 20GB & RTX 3060 12GB Cards Launch - PC SEEKERS

NVIDIA AIB Partners Point Towards Imminent RTX 3080 Ti 20GB & RTX 3060 12GB Cards Launch

Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3070 Aorus Master
NVIDIA have already launched their GeForce RTX 3080 with 10GB of GDDR6X VRAM back in September and GeForce RTX 3060 Ti with 8GB of GDDR6 VRAM at the start of this month i.e. December. Then AMD made their move and launched their RX 6000 Series GPUs with all of them sporting 16GB of GDDR6 memory which is substantially more than NVIDIA's offerings - obviously RTX 3090 aside. Then rumours started suggesting that NVIDIA was going to launch the same graphics cards with double the VRAM (i.e. RTX 3070 with 16GB VRAM and RTX 3080 with 20GB VRAM) later down the line but they cancelled it eventually. Now the rumours suggest that NVIDIA is gearing up to launch the Ti or Titanium variant of the RX 3080 that is the RTX 3080 Ti that will sport 20GB of GDDR6X memory and an RTX 3060 (non-Ti) with 12GB of GDDR6 memory.
The said rumours of the RTX 3080 Ti 20GB model and the RTX 3060 12GB model are now being backed up by leaks occurring from the side of the Add-In Board partners of NVIDIA. The first leak came from ASUS on the eve of Christmas which was then found and shared by @9550pro on his twitter account.
One could find the ROG Strix RTX 3080 Ti 20GB Gaming graphics cards in 2 variants - OC and non-OC model and same with the ROG Strix RTX 3060 12GB Gaming graphics cards in OC and non-OC variants when scrolling through the different models listed on the Support page of the ASUS website suggesting that ASUS may be working on Custom models of the yet unannounced RTX 3080 Ti 20GB and RTX 3060 12GB. The listings have since been removed.

The second leak came from Gigabyte through Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) where they submitted various custom RTX 3080 Ti 20GB, RTX 3060 Ti 8GB, RTX 3060 12GB and RX 6900 XT 16GB models. The following Custom GeForce RTX 3080 Ti were registered by Gigabyte with EEC: RTX 3080 Ti Aorus Xtreme, RTX 3080 Ti Aorus Master, RTX 3080 Ti Gaming OC with a non-OC variant, RTX 3080 Ti Vision OC with a non-OC variant, RTX 3080 Ti Vision OC, RTX 3080 Ti Eagle OC with a non-OC variant, RTX 3080 Ti Turbo OC with a non-OC variant and the RTX 3080 Ti Aorus - all with 20GB of VRAM.
Additionally Gigabyte also registered the following GeForce RTX 3060 12GB custom graphics cards: RTX 3060 Gaming OC with a non-OC variant, RTX 3060 Eagle OC with a non-OC variant, RTX 3060 Vision OC with a non-OC variant.
Coming to the other specifications of the cards the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti will allegedly have the same CUDA core count as the RTX 3090 at 10,496 CUDA Cores on the GA102-250 with 20GB of GDDR6X memory at 19GB/s on a 320-bit bus and an effective memory bandwidth of the 760GB/s with a TGP of 320W and is expected to cost $999 USD and is expected to launch late February. Where as the RTX 3060 will be based on the GA106 die reportedly sporting 3840 CUDA Cores with 12GB of GDDR6 memory on a 192-bit bus and is expected to be priced anywhere between $299 - $349 USD with a potential launch in January - Probably during CES 2021 on January 12th.
Why do you think NVIDIA is releasing new cards with higher VRAM offerings such as the RTX 3060 with 12GB of VRAM in spite of the RTX 3060 Ti having only 8GB of memory - hell even the flagship RTX 3080 only has 10GB of VRAM which obviously is a higher priced model? Was this NVIDIA's plan all along? Or is NVIDIA feeling the pressure of competition from AMD? Do let us know down in the comments section below.

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