Videocardz has found an indirect confirmation of our exclusive almost a month back from none other than NVIDIA itself. The company released a white paper in which each card mentioned was written without specific memory information, but the RTX 3080 was written specifically with the 10 GB suffix – indicating that more variants are planned and they want the white paper to be future-proof for any discrepancies or confusion with the 20 GB variant.
NVIDIA RTX 3080 20GB is on the way – waiting for AMD to get its Big Navi feature
The RTX 3080 10GB is a great card, but it has one major caveat: it only has 10GB of vRAM. With titles like MSFS 2020 already out and requiring at least 16GB of vRAM to run comfortably, the low amount of memory at 3080 will bottleneck it in future titles. This was the reason why, even without any confirmation, we were sure that the company would also release a 20 GB variant. This seems to have been more or less indirectly confirmed by NVIDIA in their recently released Ampere White Paper.
An RTX 3080 with 20 GB of vRAM would be the perfect graphics card for the next generation of titles. Combined with RTX IO, it would allow the streaming of assets of huge amounts of data, and 20 GB of RAM would be sufficient for even demanding killer titles like Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020. Although we have no specific date for when the card will be launched / available, by , this will come in response to AMD’s 16 GB large navi GPU, which is scheduled to be released in late October. This means that NVIDIA must announce the 3080 20GB card within a few weeks from 28 October.
We would strongly urge any potential buyers to wait for the 20GB variant, because unless NVIDIA prices in a TITAN way (which is probably not considering this is their answer to AMD’s 6900XT), it will offer much higher value for the money and will also represent a card that will not be bottled up by any future title – no matter how demanding it may be.
What we know about NVIDIA SKU so far:
Since we now know the nomenclature and name forms for at least some of the cards, I have taken the liberty of filling them out against their respective card numbers.
- The crown jewel in NVIDIA’s lineup is the PG132-10 card with 24 GB vRAM. This is the card known as the RTX 3090. It is to replace the RTX 2080 Ti and is currently scheduled to be available in the second half of September.
- We then have the PG132-20 and PG132-30 cards, both of which are RTX 3080 20 GB and RTX 3080 10 GB respectively and will replace the RTX 2080 SUPER graphics card. RTX 3080 20 GB with PG132-20 card will be available after Navi (end of October), while RTX 3080 10 GB (PG132-30 card) will be available in mid-September. It’s worth adding here that these three parts are probably the SKU10, 20 and 30 we’ve heard of, and the SKU20 will be targeted at the dead center on AMD’s Big Navi offering (and thus the staggered launch plan). Since AMD’s Big Navi * probably * will have 16 GB worth of vRAM, that also explains why NVIDIA will use 20 GB.
- PG142-0 and PG142-10 will both replace RTX 2070 SUPER and will have 16 GB and 8 GB value of vRAM respectively. While the PG142-10 has a known launch schedule in the second half of September, the PG142-0 table has no confirmed launch date yet.
- Finally, we have the PG190-10 card, which will replace the RTX 2060 SUPER graphics card and also have 8 GB of vRAM. The launch plan for this table has also not been decided yet.
NVIDIA Ampere GPUs Partial Specifications and Start Dates
|Board ID||Replacement class||vRAM||Bus width||Starting plan|
|PG132-10||2080 Ti||24 GB||384 bit||September 2|
|PG132-20||2080 Super||20 GB||320 bit||1H Oct.|
|PG132-30||2080 Super||10 GB||320 bit||Mid. Sept.|
|PG133 *||2080 FE (TBC)||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|PG142-0||2070 Super||16 GB||TBD||TBD|
|PG142-10||2070 Super||8 GB||256 bit||September 2|
|PG136 *||2070 FE (TBC)||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|PG190-10||2060 Super||8 GB||256 bit||TBD|
* = not confirmed
October is becoming an amazing month for tech enthusiasts with NVIDIA’s new RTX 3080 cards becoming available, and AMD is finally pushing Big Navi in the next few weeks as well. The Ampere series has had more leaks and rumors than any other series, and as we enter the time crunch against availability, the pressure will continue for AMD.