Videocardz found indirect endorsement of our exclusive offer almost a month ago from none other than NVIDIA itself. The company released a whitepaper in which each card mentioned was written with no specific storage details. However, the RTX 3080 was specifically written with the 10GB suffix. This shows that further variants are planned and the whitepaper should be future-proof against discrepancies or mix-ups with the 20GB variant.
NVIDIA RTX 3080 20 GB is in preparation and waiting for AMD to set its Big Navi in motion
The RTX 3080 10GB is an amazing card, but it has one major limitation: it only has 10GB of vRAM. Since titles such as MSFS 2020 are already available and at least 16 GB of vRAM are required for convenient operation, the low storage capacity of the 3080 will lead to a bottleneck for future titles. For this reason, even without confirmation, we were sure that the company would also bring out a 20 GB version. This appears to have been confirmed more or less indirectly by NVIDIA in their recently published Ampere whitepaper.
An RTX 3080 with 20 GB of vRAM would be the perfect graphics card for the next generation of titles. Combined with RTX IO, this would allow large amounts of data to be streamed, and 20GB of RAM would be enough to get even the most demanding killer titles like Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020. While we don’t have a specific date for the card’s launch / availability, we know that this will be a reaction to AMD’s 16GB Navi GPU due to be released in late October. This means NVIDIA should be announcing the 3080 20GB card within a few weeks of October 28th.
We’d strongly encourage potential buyers to wait for the 20GB variant, as unless NVIDIA sets TITAN pricing (which is unlikely to be their answer to AMD’s 6900XT), it’s a much higher value for money offers and also presents a map that shows this will not get into a bottleneck by any future title – no matter how demanding it may be.
What We Know About NVIDIA SKUs So Far:
Now that we know the nomenclature and naming schemes of at least some cards, I have taken the liberty of filling them with their respective board numbers.
- The crown jewel of the NVIDIA product range is the PG132-10 board with 24 GB vRAM. This is the card known as the RTX 3090. It will replace the RTX 2080 Ti and is expected to be available in the second half of September.
- We then have the PG132-20 and PG132-30 cards, which are both RTX 3080 20GB and RTX 3080 10GB, respectively, which will replace the RTX 2080 SUPER graphics card. The RTX 3080 20 GB with PG132-20 card will be available after Navi (end of October), while the RTX 3080 10 GB (PG132-30 card) will be available in mid-September. It’s worth noting that these three pieces are likely to be the SKU10, 20, and 30 we’ve heard of, and that the SKU20 will be dead-centered on the AMD Big Navi offering (and therefore the staggered launch plan). Since AMD’s Big Navi will * likely * have 16GB worth of vRAM, this also explains why NVIDIA wants to work with 20GB.
- The PG142-0 and PG142-10 will both replace the RTX 2070 SUPER and have vRAM worth 16 GB and 8 GB, respectively. While the PG142-10 has a known start plan in the second half of September, the PG142-0 board has not yet had a confirmed start date.
- Finally we have the PG190-10 card which will replace the RTX 2060 SUPER graphics card and will also have 8GB of vRAM. The starting plan for this board has also not yet been determined.
Part specifications and launch dates for NVIDIA Ampere GPUs
|Board ID||Replacement class||vRAM||Bus width||Start the schedule|
|PG132-10||2080 Ti||24 GB||384 bits||2H Sept.|
|PG132-20||2080 super||20 GB||320 bits||1H Oct.|
|PG132-30||2080 super||10 GB||320 bits||Center. Sept|
|PG133 *||2080 FE (TBC)||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|PG142-0||2070 super||16 gigabytes||TBD||TBD|
|PG142-10||2070 super||8 GB||256 bit||2H Sept.|
|PG136 *||2070 FE (TBC)||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|PG190-10||2060 super||8 GB||256 bit||TBD|
* = not confirmed
October will be an amazing month for tech enthusiasts as NVIDIA’s new RTX 3080 cards become available and AMD finally brings out Big Navi in the weeks that follow. The Ampere series has had more leaks and rumors than any other series, and as we near the availability crisis, the pressure on AMD will continue to mount.