Latest Rumored Specs Suggest That NVIDIA Could Be Killing Off Its X80 Ti Line of GPUs

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RTX 3000 Series Render
Image: JDSP

The last month has seen image leaks, renders, and rumors abound for NVIDIA’s forthcoming Ampere-based RTX GPUs. Some of the rumors are so detailed that they seem to be plausible. Leaked images have led people, such as JDSP, to create renders such as the one used in this article. Among many of the rumors is the inclusion of a new 3090 card. In the past, NVIDIA’s X90 line of cards was usually dual GPU. As almost everyone knows by now, SLI is dead, so this leaves the question of what it could actually be. The possibility of a traversal coprocessor would lend itself to the previous branding, but what about the increasingly absent X80 Ti?

NVIDIA’s X80 Ti GPUs have been halo products for enthusiasts for many years now. It is common for users to keep using them for many generations. They are often so powerful that they can play even the most demanding games with favorable settings years after their release. How many people out there are still rocking their GeForce GTX 980/1080 Ti?

Some of the latest rumors suggest that NVIDIA may be planning to kill off the X80 Ti line. OC3D has theorized that NVIDIA feels potential buyers are confused about which of its current offerings are more powerful since the introduction of their SUPER line of RTX cards. Recently, another leaker, @KkatCorgi, posted specs that corroborates with previous information.

So, in essence, the absent GeForce RTX 3080 Ti might actually be the GeForce RTX 3090. These are, after all, just rumors, but it would not be the first time that NVIDIA has shaken things up. If accurate, this does bring up another question, though: Will NVIDIA continue using SUPER, with a potential refresh down the road? Time will tell. It is also possible that NVIDIA could be planning to completely change the entire naming convention altogether, as it’s done in the past.

Peter Brosdahl
As a child of the 70’s I was part of the many who became enthralled by the video arcade invasion of the 1980’s. Saving money from various odd jobs I purchased my first computer from a friend of my dad, a used Atari 400, around 1982. Eventually it would end up being a lifelong passion of upgrading and modifying equipment that, of course, led into a career in IT support.

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