Everything we know about the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 Ti, including specs, price, and leaks
The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 Ti hasn’t been officially released yet, but rumours are already circulating about an updated version of the greatest graphics card for the consumer market available — assuming you can locate one for sale.
Given the situation of the graphics card market following the introduction of the first batch of Nvidia Ampere graphics cards in September and October of 2020, adding yet another Nvidia graphics card to the mix may appear to be an odd choice.
Given that an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 Ti would arguably be the most powerful consumer graphics card available – and thus command an additional premium over its MSRP due to price-gouging by unscrupulous ne’er-do-wells – if you have the budget for an RTX 3090 Ti if and when it is released, you might have a better chance of grabbing one for yourself due to the much lower demand stemming from its premium price tag over.
How plausible is it to expect an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 Ti at this moment, with Nvidia Lovelace scheduled to ship sometime next year? How much is it expected to cost if it is released? What specifications are most likely to be revealed, and how will it perform?
We’ve gathered as many leaks, news, and rumours as we could discover regarding the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 Ti and compiled them all right here, telling you everything we know and have heard about Nvidia’s most powerful graphics card ever.
When will the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 Ti be released?
The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 Ti release date is certainly a topic of speculation without an official announcement, but there are several things we’ve heard that hint to a release coming sooner rather than later.
With the supply chain crisis and semiconductor scarcity causing production hiccups throughout 2021, it’s been remarkable to see the regular two-year rhythm of graphics card generation launches remain virtually intact.
The RTX 3080 was introduced in September 2020, while the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 is likely to be unveiled in Q3 2022, about two years after the RTX 3080 was released. The prior card releases have been fairly close to their predecessors, but therein lies the leap we must make: the RTX 3090 Ti has no precursor because there was no RTX 2090 or RTX 2090 Ti before it.
The closest thing we have is the RTX Titan, which, for a Turing card, performed admirably against the RTX 3090. However, the RTX Titan was not a consumer-oriented product. It was designed for creative professionals and content creators who required a lot of graphics power.
Because there is no Turing generation comparable for the RTX 3090, all we can do is check at the calendar and observe that the window for a release is narrowing before the debut of the next-gen Lovelace cards.
While some Nvidia graphics cards may be experiencing delays due to component shortages, the RTX 3090 Ti is not one of them, according to some well-known component leakers.
This makes sense because the RTX 3090 Ti is more likely to have limited production runs than cheaper graphics cards like the RTX 3050 and RTX 3070 Ti, thus component supply difficulties are less likely to affect it.
If the RTX 3090 Ti is still on pace for a reveal, we’ll see it at CES 2022 next month, with the card hitting stores in late January.
Specification of RTX 3090 Ti
According to rumours, there are two major changes between the RTX 3090 and the impending RTX 3090 Ti. To begin, the 3090 Ti’s GA102 GPU is stated to have 10,752 CUDA cores, compared to 10,496 cores in the standard RTX 3090.
Furthermore, it will have a redesigned board architecture and memory configuration, with 12 2GB modules rather than 24 1GB modules. The RTX 3090’s VRAM runs at around 19.5Gbps, while the memory speed of the 3090 Ti’s faster Micron VRAM is estimated to be around 21Gbps.
This could help push the card’s memory bandwidth above 1TB/s, surpassing the 936GB/s of the RTX 3090. Improved framerates at the upper end would necessitate that massive increase in VRAM and memory bandwidth.
Higher quality textures will load faster as the bandwidth for memory transfers into VRAM is increased, allowing individual frames to be drawn faster.
This may imply the difference between playing Doom Eternal at 51 frames per second in 8K, which the RTX 3090 averaged in our tests, and approaching, if not clearing, 60 frames per second in the same game.
The TDP of the card is the only other significant difference we anticipate to observe. The TDP of the RTX 3090 Ti could reach 450W, which is 100W greater than the RTX 3090. On the good side, we should see a new power connector, and the card should be able to take use of PCIe 5.0 for even better performance.
In terms of performance, it’s difficult to estimate where the RTX 3090 Ti will rank in comparison to the RTX 3090, other than to state that we expect it to outperform the base model.
It’s difficult to say how much we can expect without benchmarks. Gaming performance in 8K is the only criterion that might be useful with cards this powerful.
Most 4K gaming is handled easily by the RTX 3090, and we expect the RTX 3090 Ti will improve on that, but in 8K gaming, the RTX 3090 Ti may be able to keep 60fps on some large AAA titles. The RTX 3090 almost gets you there, but the RTX 3090 Ti might just push you over the edge.
It’s difficult to put a number on anything until some benchmarks start leaking.