Nvidia will be formally announcing the Nvidia RTX 3090 Ti later today, but we already know most of the important specifications.
Nvidia RTX 3090 Ti vs RTX 3090 vs RTX 3080 Ti Pricing
The launch will no doubt ruffle a few feathers. For over a year now, GPU availability has been a nightmare, and this has led to a massive increase in price from the MSRP.
Therefore it is perhaps the pricing and availability of this card that is the most important thing. At the moment, the price of the RTX 3090 Ti remains unknown.
However, the MSRP of the RTX 3090 is £1400/$1,499, and the RTX 3080 Ti is £1,049/$1,199.
As it currently stands, the cheapest RTX 3090 on Overclockers is £2300, admittedly it is not a Founders Edition, so there is a premium to pay only many of the third party cards, but this is not normally a 64% price difference.
As for the Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti, you can pick up an Inno3D iChill X4 for just £1,589.99 where the price hike is 52% greater than the MSRP of the Founders Edition.
So where does that leave the Nvidia RTX 3090 Ti? It is a bit hard to tell, the RTX 3080 Ti is $500 more (71%) than the RTX 3080 at MSRP, and the jump from RTX 3080 to RTX 3090 is a bit more than double.
However, even if Nvidia double the MSRP of the RTX 3090, that's only £2800. It's an insane amount but not a huge jump from the current retail price of the RTX 3090.
Some sites believe it will launch for as little as $2,000/£2,00. This is certainly possible, but if they do, the stock will last fractions of a second on launch and inevitably cause a huge backlash from buyers. But then again, charging close to three grand for a graphics card will also likely cause to backlash.
Either way, there are going to be a lot of bitchy comments about Nvidia later on today.
Nvidia RTX 3090 Ti vs RTX 3090 vs RTX 3080 Ti Specification
|Nvidia||RTX 3080||RTX 3080 Ti||RTX 3090||RTX 3090 Ti|
|Base Clock||1440 MHz||1365 MHz||1395 MHz||1560 MHz|
|Boost Clock||1710 MHz||1665 MHz||1695 MHz||1860 MHz|
|Memory (GDDR6X)||10 GB||12 GB||24 GB||24 GB|
|Memory Speed||19 Gbps||19 Gbps||19.5 Gbps||21 Gbps|
|Bandwidth||760 GB/s||912 GB/s||936 GB/s||1,008 GB/s|
|MSRP (Founders Edition)||$699||£1,049/$1,199||£1400/$1,499||£2000-3000?|
The law of diminishing returns applies when you look at ultra high-end gear, and this is certainly the case here.
Nvidia has made incremental changes in comparison to the RTX 3090, but it will be the most graphics card on the market, and that's all they need to do to guarantee success.
Memory speed is increased by 7.7%, going from 19.5 Gbps to 21 Gbps which in turn provides a 7.7% bandwidth improvement making this the first card to break the 1 TB/s bandwidth barrier.
Base and boost clocks see a nice bump with 11.8% and 9.7% respectivly hitting 1560 MHz/1860 MHz.
CUDA cores increase by 256, which sounds more impressive than a 2.4% increase. You get a couple of extra GPU clusters, too (2.5% increase).
All of this should add up to a nice bump in performance. I suspect the benefits will be somewhat limited for gamers, but professional users that can cut time down on intensive rendering tasks could claw back the increased cost of this card.
All of these increases also means an increase in TDP going from 350W to 450W and the PSU requirements are believed to be 1000W!!