VRAM boosted RTX 30-series cards likely shelved, RTX 3090 Ti reportedly forging ahead

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More casualties in the wake of the chip shortage are cropping up, with some of Nvidia’s higher memory card versions being the latest to hit the chopping block.

According to Igor’s Lab (opens in new tab), sources have revealed that the releases of the Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti (opens in new tab) 16GB and RTX 3080 (opens in new tab) 12GB are postponed. The cards were rumoured to be on the horizon for a while now (opens in new tab), with the official announcement said to be coming up in just a few days on December 17. Instead, sources are saying now only the GeForce RTX 3090 Ti will be shown off at CES, and sources are saying they’ll be up for purchase just before Chinese New Year. I have no idea how much those bad boys will be going for but I suspect the price would probably make me cry.

Given the current state of things, it’s not too surprising the memory upgrades to those GPUs are being dropped for now. Any half decent graphics card will fly off the market, and the little boost in VRAM probably isn’t going to change that. We finally saw the boosted 12 GB variant of the RTX 2060 hit stores and the price leaves a lot to be desired (opens in new tab)

There’s no chance the upgraded RTX 3070 or RTX 3080 would be releasing with a more budget mindset, and why bother when Nvidia can flog the standard versions already just by sneezing about them with such high demand. If you’re really desperate to see an RTX 3070 (opens in new tab) with 16 GB of VRAM, well this modder has you covered anyway (opens in new tab).

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Another point of speculation is Nvidia could be waiting to see AMD’s hand. Everyone in the silicon scene is under the crunch and keeping wary eyes on their competitors. Partner relations are also strained, so it could just be a case of green waiting to get a sneaky look at blue. 

In the coming weeks as CES and other brand announcements flood in after the holidays, it’s likely we’ll know more about Nvidia and AMD’s plans for any upcoming cards. AMD's is set for January 4, and may just surprise us with some cool hardware (opens in new tab). Plus, we've heard about beefy cards coming to Asus laptops (opens in new tab) to be announced. Though who knows how much any of these things will wind up costing us, or whether or not we'll be able to buy them in the first place. 

Hope Corrigan
Hardware Writer

Hope’s been writing about games for about a decade, starting out way back when on the Australian Nintendo fan site Vooks.net. Since then, she’s talked far too much about games and tech for publications such as Techlife, Byteside, IGN, and GameSpot. Of course there’s also here at PC Gamer, where she gets to indulge her inner hardware nerd with news and reviews. You can usually find Hope fawning over some art, tech, or likely a wonderful combination of them both and where relevant she’ll share them with you here. When she’s not writing about the amazing creations of others, she’s working on what she hopes will one day be her own. You can find her fictional chill out ambient far future sci-fi radio show/album/listening experience podcast (opens in new tab) right here.

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