There is new evidence to suggest that NVIDIA is about to launch a new Ampere product, and in particular the oft-rumored GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, with more internal memory than the non-Ti variant. It comes from leaked photos showing pallets of MSI brand graphics cards being prepared for shipment from China to the United States.
What’s especially interesting about the leaked GeForce RTX 3080 Ti photo you see above, posted by Lok LOK on Facebook, is that it seemingly shows that the new SKU will include 12 GB of GDDR6X memory, the same as what Gigabyte’s most recent EEC list. . That’s according to the label of this alleged shipment, which reads “GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Ventus 3X 12G OC.”
Of course, nothing is certain until the new SKU becomes official. It’s worth noting that previous leaks and rumors had tied the Ti model with 20 GB of memory. In an even earlier entry to the EEC, Gigabyte had registered some GeForce RTX 3080 Ti cards with model numbers suggesting 20 GB of memory, and ASUS had slipped a ROG Strix variant on one of its support pages, also at 20 GB.
What gives? It’s possible that NVIDIA was originally intended to offer a Ti model with 20 GB of memory, but has since changed plans for some reason – cost, availability, and / or not really AMD’s competitive pressure on the feel high side. Plus, it’s not like NVIDIA has trouble selling every single GPU it can get its hands on. Whatever the reason, it’s somewhat disappointing to see that the Ti model only adds 2 GB of extra memory over the non-Ti variant.