Nvidia is moving an RTX 3080 Ti launch to February, as Big Navi offers little threat

Rumor: We’ve been hearing rumors about the RTX 3080 Ti for quite some time, most of which have suggested it will arrive in January. But the latest word on the vine is that Nvidia is pushing that date back to February, allowing the company to focus on improving its current cards. It also seems that concern about Big Navi’s threat to the vanilla RTX 3080 has proved unfounded.

Last month brought rumors of the launch of RTX 3080 Ti in January, and the card was one of several unreleased Ampere products seen on HP’s OEM driver list last week. According to VideoCardz sources, that January launch has now been moved to February, a claim repeated by Igor Wallosek of Igor’s Lab.

Part of the reasoning behind the delay is that AMD’s Big Navi cards aren’t as competitive with the RTX 3080 as Nvidia feared. In our tests, the Radeon RX 6800 XT is slightly ahead at 1440p through 18 games, while the RTX 3080 is the better quality card at 4K. Even the Radeon RX 6900 XT is only faster at a few fps. That way, green team doesn’t feel the need to run out of RTX 3080 Ti, which reportedly doubles VRAM from the standard version to 20GB of GDDR6X – both RX 6800 XT and 6900 XT have 16GB of GDDR6.

Another reason behind the move could be the available problems that plague the current crop of Ampere cards. Nvidia said that these shortages will last until February 2021, the same month when it is said that RTX 3080 Ti will arrive.

Additionally, both releases think there will be two versions of the RTX 3060 (6GB and 12GB), both of which were also on HP’s list. The more powerful variant will arrive between 11 and 14 January, at the same time as CES, while the 6GB card is said to work in late January or early February. Interestingly, that 6GB RTX 3060 model was supposed to start working like the RTX 3050 Ti before Nvidia renamed it.