NVIDIA Reportedly Cancels Launch of RTX 3080 20 GB, RTX 3070 16 GB

by Raevenlord of Techpowerup,

Fresh reports floating in the rumor mill’s circulatory system claim that NVIDIA backtracked on its plans to launch higher VRAM capacity versions of their RTX 3080 and the (in the meantime, delayed) RTX 3070. These cards launched with 10 GB VRAM for the RTX 3080 and 8 GB VRAM for the RTX 3070, with reports circulating as early as their announcement that there would be double-capacity versions hitting the market just a few months later – specifically, in December of this year. Videocardz, however, claims that these long-rumored 20 GB and 16 GB SKUs have now been canceled by NVIDIA, who sent this news to its AIB partners – and the usage of canceled, not postponed, is perfunctory.

For cards theoretically shipping come December, this is indeed a small advance notice, but it might be enough for AIB partners to feed all their GA102-200 (RTX 3080) and GA104-400 (RTX 3070) silicon towards the already – if not readily – available models. This report, Videocardz claims, has been confirmed by two of their sources, and comes at the exact same day specifications for AMD’s RX 6000 series leaked. It’s likely NVIDIA already had knowledge of its competition’s designs and performance targets, however, so this could be seen as nothing more than a coincidence. One of the publications’ sources claims GDDR6X yields might be the cause for the cancellation, but this doesn’t help explain why the alleged RTX 3070 16 GB card (with its GDDR6 chips) was also canceled. Remember: these are rumors on cards that were never announced by NVIDIA themselves, so take these with the appropriate salt-mine level of skepticism.

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