Speculation about the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 has been stacking up. We’re now seeing a ton of leaks about Nvidia Ampere, the popular theory being that it will be the graphics architecture behind the next lineup of Nvidia GeForce GPUs. And, despite the fact that Nvidia tends to release graphics architectures for professionals and data centers first – like it did when Nvidia Volta preceded the Nvidia Turing graphics cards – the internet rumor mill hasn’t stopped spinning.
The most recent of those rumors are that of a leaked benchmark for an Nvidia GPU with 33 teraflops of theoretical floating point performance and a Nvidia graphics card with 124 compute units. This leak hints towards what the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 could look like, even though it’s looking like the RTX 3000 graphics cards aren’t coming out until August.
With more next-gen Nvidia GeForce graphics emerging, we gathered all the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 rumors, gossips and hints in one spot. Keep this page bookmarked, as we’ll keep it updated with all the latest RTX 3080 rumors and information that come our way.
Cut to the chase!
What is it?
The next Nvidia GeForce flagship
When is it out?
Possibly in August 2020
How much is it?
Likely around the same price as the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080
RTX 3080 release date
In the past, Nvidia GeForce lineups have been about two years apart. For instance, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 dropped back in May 2016, with the GeForce RTX 2080 succeeding it in August 2018. The time between the GTX 980 and GTX 1080 was a bit shorter, with the former arriving in September 2014. Still as a general rule, we’ve been able to historically count on there being a new lineup of graphics cards every couple of years.
We’ve also heard that the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, which may be up to 40% faster than its predecessor, could launch by the end of 2020. With how these things typically go, we won’t actually know when the RTX 3080 is on its way until Nvidia is ready for us to know. In fact, we won’t know if it’ll even be called the RTX 3080.
RTX 3080 specs
We have seen a lot of really vague speculation and rumors surrounding supposed RTX 3080 specs, but there are some constants: that it’ll be 7nm and will be faster than the RTX 2080. That second one should be super obvious, of course – why would Nvidia put out new graphics cards if they’re not significantly faster?
The other rumor, the 7nm manufacturing process, is much more interesting. If you’ve been following the AMD vs Intel smackdown over the last year, you’re probably aware that one of the things that’s kept AMD on top of the CPU world is the fact that it’s been able to fully adopt 7nm while Intel, at least when it comes to desktop, being stuck at 14nm. If Nvidia is able to adopt a 7nm manufacturing process for the RTX 3080, AMD won’t have such an easy time dunking on it.
If these rumors are actually true, it would mean that Nvidia could significantly boost performance – up to 50% according to some rumors – while boosting power efficiency significantly. When combined with DLSS, which will absolutely be a part of whatever graphics cards Nvidia puts out next, could potentially lead to 4K graphics cards being available in the mid-range sector for the first time.
Right now, if we had to put our money down, we’d suggest that these leaked specs are for an Nvidia Quadro or Tesla card, or maybe even the follow-up to the Nvidia Titan V. Whatever the GeForce RTX 3080 looks like, we seriously doubt we’ve seen it yet
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