The successor to Nvidia’s top-end GPU, the Nvidia RTX 3090 Ti, was teased at Nvidia’s CES 2022 keynote in early January with a promise that we’d hear more by the end of that month.
The trouble is we’re now in February, and that’s yet to happen.
Sprinkle in rumours that Nvidia told board partners to shut down production on the RTX 3090 Ti just days after its official reveal, and it’s not looking great for Nvidia’s BFGPU successor. Are there delays, and if so, when will we hear more about the RTX 3090 Ti?
We cover all there is to know about the upcoming graphics card right now, from release date and pricing speculation to confirmed specs.
When will the Nvidia RTX 3090 Ti be released?
While we were treated to a glimpse at the top-end Nvidia RTX 3090 Ti during Nvidia’s CES 2022 press conference, not much was actually revealed beyond its existence. Nvidia claimed that we’d hear more about the graphics card in late January – when some had expected the company to release the GPU – but as we now know, nothing was revealed.
In fact, The Verge reached out to Nvidia for an update on the unreleased graphics card in mid-February to only be told that the company had no information about the GPU and that it’d provide details once they were available.
Considering we were supposed to find out more by the end of January, it seems something has gone awry behind closed doors.
It doesn’t help that rumours claim that production on the RTX 3090 Ti was shut down just days after the announcement in early January amidst alleged BIOS and hardware issues.
So, what’s happening with the RTX 3090 Ti and when should we expect it to be released?
Unlike other graphics cards in Nvidia’s 30 Series, there is no 20 Series equivalent of the 3090 Ti, so we don’t have any frame of reference for a possible release schedule. That makes it much harder to predict when it might drop – and that’s not taking the possible complications into consideration.
What we do know is that the Nvidia RTX 40 Series is said to be on track to launch sometime in the second half of 2022, which means the possible RTX 3090 Ti window of release is shrinking every day. It could still be released sometime in late February or March 2022, but we’re just being hopeful at this point.
As soon as we hear anything else, we’ll be sure to update this section.
How much will the Nvidia RTX 3090 Ti cost?
Without Nvidia’s promised grand reveal of the RTX 3090 Ti at the end of January, we know little (officially, anyway) about the upcoming graphics card – and that makes it hard to predict just how much it’ll cost.
It’s safe to say that it’ll cost an arm and a leg though, considering the standard RTX 3090 had a $1,499 price tag at release in 2020 – and that was before shortages hit the graphics card market. It’s not outrageous to imagine a price tag close to $2,000 when Nvidia does eventually reveal the top-end graphics card, as crazy as it sounds.
But considering the packed 24GB of GDDR6X RAM on offer, it’s not designed for gamers – or even consumers, really. It’s aimed more at creative professionals running complex 3D software or editing 8K video, which makes the price tag a little more understandable.
If you’re looking for a card that’ll run your favourite games in 4K at high frame rates, the RTX 3080 Ti is the ideal option (as long as you can find it, anyway!).
Nvidia RTX 3090 Ti features & spec rumours
Nvidia has revealed top-level information on the upcoming RTX 3090 Ti, but it’s keeping its cards close to its chest when it comes to the nitty-gritty.
So, what do we know about the top-end Nvidia GPU so far?
For starters, the RTX 3090 Ti is confirmed to have the same 24GB GDDR6X RAM as the standard 3090, but at a boosted 21Gbps compared to 19.5Gbps of its predecessor – Nvidia confirmed as much at CES 2022, but it was rumoured for months prior.
Nvidia also confirmed that the graphics card will utilise a new board design and memory layout compared to its predecessor, with the new GPU using 12 2GB modules in place of 24 1GB modules.
These changes could be enough to push the RTX 3090 Ti’s memory bandwidth past the 1TB/s mark, edging past the RTX 3090’s 936Gb/s.
That should allow high-res textures to load faster in games, and it should have a positive effect on 3D model renders in software like Blender too. It could even be enough for 8K gaming at a solid 60fps for the 12 people in the world with an 8K TV in 2022, but we’ll have to wait for benchmarks to find out for sure.
Separately, Nvidia confirmed that the RTX 3090 Ti will come with 10752 CUDA cores, 40 shader teraflops, 78 RT teraflops and 320 tensor teraflops, but that’s not much to go on by itself.
Unofficially, Tweaktown claims that the RTX 3090Ti will sport an upgraded 450W TDP and a new 16-pin PCIe power connector to accommodate. It also suggests that the top-end GPU boost clock measures in at 1860MHz.
We’ll update this section as soon as Nvidia announces more details about the RTX 3090 Ti, so check back frequently for the latest news.
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