The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti will be released soon, and it appears that the RTX 3080 Ti will dethrone the RTX 3090 as the proverbial flagship, with the latter demoted to a more ceremonial, TITAN-like role. Geekbench (Geekbench via Benchleaks via Videocardz) has released benchmarks of the upcoming RTX 3080 Ti and RTX 3070 Ti GPUs, which indicate performance comparable to the RTX 3090.
When you average the available RTX 3090 results, you’ll notice that the RTX 3080 Ti actually outperforms the RTX 3090 – which is almost certainly due to tiny variations in different runs, but it’s still worth noticing.
NVIDIA RTX 3080 Ti beats the RTX 3090 average
Let’s start with the specifications that the leak essentially confirms:-
With 80 SMs, the RTX 3080 Ti will have a total of 10240 CUDA cores. The graphics card’s maximum frequency is also specified, which is 1.67 GHz. With these two parameters in hand, we can calculate the card’s TFLOPs number, which is a whopping 34.2 TFLOPs. That is an astounding amount of graphical horsepower, though it has to be seen how much of that translates to actual FPS in games.
The card’s 12GB of GDDR6X memory, clocked at 9.5 GHz (19 Gbps) and coupled to a 384-bit bus width, would provide 912 GB/s of bandwidth to the enormous graphics engine. Because the CPU utilized to test the card is the Intel Core i7 11900K, which can boost to a frequency of 5.3 GHz, you’re also looking at the greatest possible benchmarks for this GPU with the CPU bottleneck totally removed. The following are the Geekbench CUDA benchmarks:
The following are the RTX 3090’s benchmark scores (courtesy of Videocardz):
We can see how the RTX 3080 Ti trades blow with the RTX 3090 if we take the average of the two available scores (237,972) and analyze the RTX 3080 Ti’s score of 238603. Given that the RTX 3080 has an MSRP of $699 and the RTX 3090 has an MSRP of $1499, we estimate the RTX 3080 Ti to have an MSRP of $799 to 1249, with $899 to $999 being the more realistic range.
With the RTX 3080 Ti series, NVIDIA is also planning a hash rate limit, though from what we’ve heard, this would just affect ETH mining and so won’t prevent miners from purchasing this GPU. On the 31st of May, the company is expected to make an announcement, with reviews going live on the 2nd of June and availability on the 3rd of June 2021.