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The EEC (Eurasian Economic Commission) has received an SKU listing from Gigabyte, confirming that numerous variants of the RTX 3080 12GB and RTX 3070 Ti 16GB are in production and might be sold as soon as January.
According to Videocardz, 10 RTX 3080 12GB versions and six 3070 Ti 16GB video cards are expected to be released.
In terms of the latter GPU, the 16GB version of the RTX 3070 Ti is expected to have the same 6144 CUDA cores and 256-bit bus width as the 8GB version.
The RTX 3080 12GB, on the other hand, is expected to use the same 384-bit bus width as the RTX 3080 Ti.
While more bandwidth does not always imply a quicker card, it does indicate that there is more overhead for possible speeds when under load.
Various RTX 3080 12GB and RTX 3070 Ti 16GB Gigabyte variants will be available, according to the entire listing.
This includes choices that are more closely aligned with the GPU’s stock MSRP (such as Vision OC and Eagle OC), as well as higher-end variations that allow for overclocking and water cooling at higher asking costs (Aorus Waterforce, and Waterblock).
There is currently no pricing information available, however, the RTX 3070 Ti 16GB has been speculated to retail for $599 (Wccftech), which would be the same price as the variant that was released in June.
One of the most common complaints made at the debut of the RTX 3070 Ti was that it kept the same 8GB memory capacity as the original 2020 model despite the upgrade to GDDR6X.
This new model would have the same clock speed and 256-bit bus as the previous model but with double the VRAM for more demanding applications, particularly in the gaming industry.
The RTX 3080 12GB, on the other hand, is a more intriguing prospect, with no price estimate and merely a suggested improvement to a 384-bit memory bus above the 320-bit of the original (which would have it more closely match the RTX 3080 Ti in VRAM and bandwidth).
Given the $500 price difference between the basic RTX 3080 ($699) and the RTX 3080 Ti ($1,199), it’s unclear where this new model will land.
What does this Imply for Restocking the RTX 30 Series?
These new graphics cards are expected to sell out just as rapidly as the RTX 30 series Ti range did when it was announced in June, making them tough to find for would-be PC gamers and builders all across the world.
This is especially true when you consider that the GPU scarcity might last until 2022.
Anyone interested in pre-ordering one of the new GPUs should keep in mind that the release date window is likely to be their only chance (either made by Gigabyte or another manufacturer).
If you miss the first launch window, you’re usually better off buying a prebuilt system or one of the best gaming laptops, based on our experience with some of the best graphics cards.
Given how high the costs get after the fact, an RTX 3080 PC or RTX 3070 PC is currently the best value offer.
It’s unclear whether this will be the case when the game is released.