Nvidia could launch a surprise GPU launch next week

Nvidia unveiled a pair of new desktop graphics cards at CES 2022 – the RTX 3090 Ti and RTX 3050, covering both the high and low end of the Amp spectrum – but another RTX 3000 series GPU is imminent , depending on the vine.

Sources Wccftech spoke to claim that a third new desktop GPU is expected to arrive imminently as a new spin on the existing RTX 3080 which increases video RAM from 10GB to 12GB (GDDR6X).

Not only that, but the new version of the 3080 will supposedly have a slight increase in the number of CUDA cores, bringing it to 8,960 (compared to 8,704 cores in the existing model). In addition to a few hundred more cores, the updated GPU could run with a TDP of 350W (compared to 320W currently, so still a slight bump).

All of this is leaked information that needs to be treated with great caution, of course, as is Wccftech’s further claim that the 12GB RTX 3080 was slated for a CES reveal, but that was pushed back to January 11.

So in theory – condiments galore – this card will be unveiled in just a few days, and pre-orders could go live immediately, or we might even see the GPU available for purchase on the same day (although the latter doesn’t seem like much to us. probable). There is no whisper as to where the prices might be launched.

Analysis: Canceled, then not canceled – what’s going on here?

Interestingly, the 12GB RTX 3080 was previously rumored in December 2021 (the same change in CUDA core count was also floating around at the time), so this is consistent with past speculation. .

That said, Igor’s Lab also claimed last month that Nvidia had better thought about launching this revamped RTX 3080, but it looks like Team Green may have thought it over again – if indeed the company has changed its mind. Cards would’ve been canceled and then not canceled behind the scenes before, so Wccftech could be on the money here – or Igor could just be wrong – and the only way we’ll really know is to see what happens early in the game. next week.

That’s the good thing about this rumor, as we really don’t have to wait long to find out the truth behind the speculation. However, it clearly seems odd that Nvidia didn’t unveil this GPU at CES – why wait until the next week, really?

Anyway, if that model does come along, it looks like Nvidia might just launch the refreshed GPU as a 12GB RTX 3080, rather than an RTX 3080 Super to coexist with the RTX 3080 Ti, as the latter naming situation could be more confusing (it’s an idea the rumor mill has floated in the past, however).

Even if this new Ampere graphics card arrives, we bet more attention will remain on the RTX 3050 released at CES 2022, which should hopefully help deal with the dire budget card situation right now, where even two years old Nvidia GPUs sell for extremely (frankly ridiculous) inflated prices.

At this point what we need is more stock and availability, far more than additional models, but it’s a no-brainer – and component shortages and supply issues aren’t going to go away. anytime soon (not in the first half of 2022, by all accounts, according to Nvidia itself).