It appears that early GeForce RTX 30 Series adopters can breathe a sigh of relief. VideoCardz is reporting that NVIDIA has canceled the GeForce RTX 3080 (20 GB) and GeForce RTX 3070 (16 GB), which previous rumors had pegged for a December release.
Sources seem adamant that this is a cancellation and not a simple postponement, whereby GeForce RTX 3080 (20 GB) and GeForce RTX 3070 (16 GB) models would be released by NVIDIA’s AIB/AIC partners at a later date.
“We do not know the official reason for the cancellation,” VideoCardz noted. “The RTX 3080 20GB might have been scrapped due to low GDDR6X yield issues, one source claims. The reason behind RTX 3070 16GB cancellation is unknown (this SKU uses GDDR6 memory).”
Assuming that the GeForce RTX 3080 (20 GB) and GeForce RTX 3070 (16 GB) are really canceled, NVIDIA’s marketing department might be in for a little overtime. Recent leaks have revealed that AMD’s flagship Radeon RX 6000 Series will pack 16 GB of memory, which is substantially higher than what’s offered in the GeForce RTX 3080 (10 GB).
AMD’s Radeon RX 6700 XT is also expected to feature 12 GB of memory. That SKU will presumably compete with NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 3070, which has 8 GB of memory.
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