Just like with the RTX 3060, Nvidia also plans to limit the mining capabilities of the upcoming RTX 3080 Ti. The goal is to discourage Ethereum miners from jumping into the stocks of this graphics card, whose release date remains set for April 2021.
While the RTX 3060 has only just entered the market , today’s reveal is about the mysterious RTX 3080 Ti. We still know very little about the manufacturer’s next graphics card, but that was without counting the revelations of the famous leaker Kopite7Kimi.
First, the RTX 3080 Ti would embed the same cryptocurrency anti-mining device as that installed on the RTX 3060 . As a reminder, Nvidia has chosen to go on the offensive against cryptocurrency miners, and in particular those specializing in Ethereum . With an ETH that has topped $ 1,300, miners are pouncing on the latest graphics cards from Nvidia and actively participating in the current RTX 3000 shortage.
Some do not hesitate to buy dozens of laptops equipped with RTX 3060 to build mining farms . To stem this phenomenon, Nvidia has limited the hash rate of the RTX 3060 by two . This mechanism will also be present on the RTX 3080 Ti. Then, and contrary to what a rumor suggested, the RTx 3080 Ti will not carry 20 GB of VRAM .
According to the leaker, the card will instead have 12 GB of GDDR6X RAM at 19 Gbit / s . For comparison, the RTX 3080 has 10 GB of GDDR6X RAM, while the overpowered RTX 3090 has 24 GB. In other words, Kopite7Kimi’s claims seem plausible. For now, the launch of the RTX 3080 Ti is still set for April 2021.
However, this date may well change. For good reason, Nvidia has already postponed the release of the RTX 3080 Ti three times, from December 2020, then from January 2021 before being postponed to February 2021 and then April. All that’s left is to cross your fingers and hope to avoid yet another postponement. As a reminder, the RTX 3060 has just landed on the market. Problem, the prices displayed differ from double to triple depending on the reseller , and some prices are far from the price recommended by Nvidia. While the manufacturer offers its card at € 340, its price easily exceeds € 500 on some sites.