The 20GB Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti we might have had has been discovered down the Russian GPU mines

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The 20GB model of Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3080 Ti is out within the wild, on elicit sale in Russia, and smashing by means of Ethereum mining algorithms like some GPU savant. That is apparently essentially the most worthwhile mining graphics card round, at its Russian road worth of some $3,000, however is not a GPU you are ever more likely to discover on the cabinets of your native Micro Middle.

That is as a result of that is an RTX 3080 Ti that was by no means meant to be launched.

Again within the morass of 2020 the 20GB RTX 3080 Ti was being crafted because the $1,000 card to place AMD’s Radeon RX 6900 XT again in its field. However after the purple workforce’s high GPU launched to the sound of a tragic trombone all of it went slightly quiet. Abruptly Nvidia did not must trouble releasing one other high-end card, and the truth that the unique RTX 3080 Ti had gone far sufficient by means of the manufacturing course of to truly be manufactured by board companions reveals how severe Jen-Hsun’s gang as soon as was about it.

We have even seen RTX 3090s within the wild with GPUs that have been beforehand meant for the defunct 20GB RTX 3080 Ti, chips which have their markings bodily crossed out. That is how shut we bought to a retail model of this silicon; it was really branded.

We would additionally heard about this 20GB model from contacts at different board companions earlier than the venture seemingly bought canned, and the newest card to do the rounds in Russia is a Gigabyte model that really did make it out of the factories.

Twitter leaker @momomo_us posted a hyperlink to the prevailing VBIOS information for the 20GB variations of those RTX 3080 Ti playing cards, and you’ll see from the dates on them that these have been for variations launched in 2020 and uploaded in early January this 12 months. The model numbers are additionally decrease than these for a contemporary RTX 3080 Ti, all confirming these aren’t for upcoming playing cards.

However that hasn’t stopped a Russian YouTuber (by way of Videocardz) from exhibiting the GPU mining Ethereum at 94 MH/s—which admittedly is decrease than the 125 MH/s that was initially leaked firstly of this 12 months—however who additionally notes that this card just isn’t able to gaming because the SKU just isn’t really formally supported by Nvidia.

As a result of it was not really launched. Besides seemingly by some enterprising retailers in mom Russia.

The precise RTX 3080 Ti we’ve got in our arms immediately is a distinct beast—a downgrade, as we have casted it earlier than. It has fewer cores than the unique was meant to have, and comes with 12GB of GDDR6X reminiscence as an alternative of 20GB. It is nonetheless a effective card, although it sits uncomfortably between the GeForce RTX 3090 and GeForce RTX 3080, unable to essentially provide a compelling various to both.

And boy, does it get sizzling beneath that Founders Version shroud.

So sure, sadly this is not a brand new memory-heavy, hash price unlocked GeForce GPU coming our means, however extra proof of simply how far Nvidia bought down the highway of the 20GB card earlier than it referred to as time on the venture.

Dave James

Dave has been gaming for the reason that days of Zaxxon and Woman Bug on the Colecovision, and code books for the Commodore Vic 20 (Loss of life Race 2000!). He constructed his first gaming PC on the tender age of 16, and eventually completed bug-fixing the Cyrix-based system round a 12 months later. When he dropped it out of the window. He first began writing for Official PlayStation Journal and Xbox World many many years in the past, then moved onto PC Format full-time, then PC Gamer, TechRadar, and T3 amongst others. Now he is again, writing in regards to the nightmarish graphics card market, CPUs with extra cores than sense, gaming laptops hotter than the solar, and SSDs extra capacious than a Cybertruck.