There has been quite a bit of speculation about NVIDIA’s upcoming Ampere-based cards. It began when a photo of a potential RTX 3080 was leaked on the internet. One day after that, fans took it upon themselves to create professional-looking renders of what they believed the finished product might resemble. Soon after, it was discovered that NVIDIA had launched an investigation into the leaked photos. All of this attention did not stop another leak from happening, as the heatsink for the GeForce RTX 3080 surfaced. Along the way, potential specs for the GeForce RTX 3090 – either a Ti or SUPER variation – made their way to the public.
At this point, the cat is all but out of the bag. Igor’s Lab, one site that has managed to get a hold of a lot of seemingly detailed information, has now published a possible release timeline for these cards. This timeline, in part, is based on the previous heatsink images. His source states those photos are of the DVT or Design Validation Test phase. The next step would be to get a working sample, and EMI test, in July. A PVT, or Product Validation Test, could begin in August.
If accurate, the remaining steps could be followed by a September launch for both cards. There are a lot of rumors and speculation here. However, this timeline does similarly follow suit with NVIDIA’s previous launches of Volta and Turing cards.