A 3090 By Any Other Name?
When you look at the new RTX 3080Ti by the numbers it has 10240 CUDA Cores, 256 less than an RTX 3090 and 1536 more than an RTX 3080 and the number of Tensor cores and texture mapping units are similar, at 320 for both it is 8 below a 3090 and 48 more than the 3080. The number of RT cores make a bit of a difference, 80 for the RTX 3080 Ti as opposed to 82 for a 3090 and a mere 68 for the RTX 3080. The big difference is one that was discussed at length during the launch of the RTX 3080; 10GB is too small, 24GB is overkill for gaming but 12GB at 912GB/s seems to be just about right. Clock speeds might as well be the same, the difference between 1695MHz and 1665MHz is minuscule.
Performance wise, the difference in results is as close as the specs. The RTX 3090 and RTX 3080 Ti trade places depending on the game which The FPS Review tried, with the RX 6900 tying or beating these two cards depending on the game. When you bring ray tracing into it the RDNA2 card falls well behind, if it can even participate, as you might well imagine.
What does this mean for you? Well, frankly not a damn thing as you won’t be able to buy it any time soon, just like the any other current generation GPUs. Theoretically it means that spending the extra money on the RTX 3090 no longer makes any sense as the performance from a RTX 3080 Ti is going to be essentially indistinguishable from a 3090. On the other hand, it isn’t exactly 70% faster than an RTX 3080 yet that is what the mythical MSRP is set at.
There are a literal smegload of reviews below to go through below the quote, so take a peek and see how your preferred vendor did in their implementation.
MSRP will be set at $1,199 for the Founders Edition, at least, that is what the official price will be, actual street pricing will vary based on demand and supply.