Following in the footsteps of NVIDIA, which launched the refreshed GeForce RTX 2060 with 12 GB of GDDR6 memory, which is twice as much as the original version, it seems that two more existing models also come with even more built-in memory. These are GeForce RTX 3080 and GeForce RTX 3070 Ti, and both graphics cards are based on Ampere.
NVIDIA’s presumed intent with the GeForce RTX 2060 16GB is to help feed the insatiable GPU market by leveraging its state-of-the-art Turing architecture, as these older chips might be easier to obtain from TSMC. Unfortunately for a large number of gamers, it seems that the re-equipped card is quite good in cryptocurrency mining, so it will probably end up as another part that is not always in stock. We'll see.
As for the GeForce RTX 3080 and GeForce RTX 3070 Ti, they are both great 7-nanometer Ampere GPUs, so adding more memory to the same models would not serve the same intended purpose. However, that could make them even more attractive, especially for playing higher resolution games. Whatever the reason, it seems that updated SKUs with more memory are coming.
This was revealed in a recent Gigabyte dossier to the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC), as shown above. Gigabyte has registered several SKUs, including several GeForce RTX 3080 12GB models and half a dozen GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 16GB models. He also listed brand new Radeon RX 6500 XT cards from the AMD team, Hot Hardware reports.
The existing GeForce RTX 3080 has 10 GB of GDDR6X memory, while the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti has 8 GB of GDDR6X memory. According to Gigabyte's lists, the GeForce RTX 3080 will get 2 GB of additional memory, while the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti will double the memory.