MSI RTX 3080 Ti with 20GB memory spotted
The rumors surrounding the potential RTX 3080 Ti with 20GB memory have been circulating since the release of Ampere architecture itself. However, it turns out that some rumors hold truth, and NVIDIA had indeed been preparing this GPU. Though we had covered potential release dates, the company made a last-minute decision to completely abandon the idea.
Unfortunately, this decision left brands like Gigabyte and MSI in a difficult position. Batches of these cards had already been produced, leaving the companies with the option of either destroying the cards or selling them to crypto miners or dubious retailers. As a result, the existence of this model became public knowledge.
If these cards have indeed surfaced on the second-hand market, it raises suspicions about whether NVIDIA reimbursed MSI for the production of these cards at all or if someone within MSI attempted to profit from the cards that were meant to be disposed of. In either scenario, it is evident that NVIDIA did not extend support for this model, as the last functional driver dates back over a year.
According to GPU-Z data, the RTX 3080 Ti 20GB features a GA102 GPU with 10496 CUDA cores, 20GB of GDDR6 memory on a 320-bit bus, clocked at 1188 MHz. The card surprisingly supports overclocking, allowing adjustments to the GPU clock by 109 MHz and GPU memory by 13.6% to achieve a speed of 21.6 Gbps.
The card scores 21K points in TimeSpy GPU test, which is above an average RTX 3080 Ti 12GB score of 19.6K points. However, it’s important to note that the GPU is not fully supported, and the driver shows signs of being custom modded. Additionally, there is no available data on the power usage of the card.
Currently, a seller is asking for an exorbitant price of $1100 AUD for this graphics card. While it might have some collectors’ value, the state of the product is questionable, and it lacks official driver support. The last available driver version is shown to have 516 branches for Windows 10, indicating that it’s highly unlikely there will ever be a public update for this graphics card. Gamers are advised to steer clear of this offering at all costs.
Many thanks to Sebastian Castellanos for the tip!