Is Nvidia relaunching the RTX 3000 series in the form of Super RTX 3000? A message regarding dedicated accelerators for notebooks made people sit up and take notice this week. Hardware-Leaker Greymon55 @greymon55 According to the mobile new edition will appear in early 2022. However, concrete models and detailed specifications are missing.
“Not just laptops”
Now it seems as if not only the laptop class is getting a mid-gen upgrade, so to speak, but also the RTX 3000 for the desktop. Hardware leaker kopite7kimi @ kopite7kimi reacted to a tweet from colleagues at Videocardz as follows:
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Kopite7kimi does not go into details or even give specifications. It is limited to a short “Not just laptops”. Due to its consistently accurate leaks in the past, the statement still has some weight in hardware circles.
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What could RTX 3000 Super actually look like?
In any case, Nvidia does not have much leeway between the models that have appeared so far. With the RTX 3070, RTX 3070 Ti, RTX 3080 and RTX 3080 Ti, upper-class and high-end models are already very closely spaced in terms of performance. If so, there should be only gradual improvements, for example in the form of larger video memory or a slightly increased number of cores.
Let’s practice this using the hypothetical RTX 3080 Super:
- The RTX 3080 is equipped with 68 stream multiprocessors (SMs) with 8,704 cores based on the GA102 chip. This is joined by 10.0 GB of GDDR6X video memory with an effective 19.0 Gbps. The nominal clock rate is 1,440 MHz in the base and 1,710 MHz in the top. In practice, a boost frequency of almost 2,000 MHz is realistic.
- The RTX 3080 Ti comes to 80 SMs to 10,240 CUDA processing units, including 12.0 GByte GDDR6X with 19.0 Gbps. With a nominal 1,365 / 1,665 MHz, the clock rate is somewhat lower than on the RTX 3080. In practice, however, the differences are not particularly great depending on the model and the quality of the chip.
What is left for a possible RTX 3080 Super?
Nvidia could increase the number of processing units a little compared to the RTX 3080. 72 or 76 SMs corresponding to 9,216 or 9,728 cores and maybe 12.0 instead of 10.0 GB of video memory would be conceivable. However, large jumps in the clock rates are not to be expected, even if the chips should be preselected very well.
How fast could an RTX 3080 Super be?
An increased number of computing cores in games usually only really comes into play at high resolutions. In Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) and WQHD (2,560 x 1,440), we therefore expect performance gains in the low single-digit percentage range (perhaps around two percent) – provided the card really appears.
Three to four percent below 4K resolution should then be the highest of feelings, if so much at all. In the GameStar test, the Founders Edition of the RTX 3080 Ti was only able to set itself apart from our factory overclocked Asus Rog Strix Geforce RTX 3080 Gaming OC. Take a look at our benchmarks from the following test:
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How much could an RTX 3080 Super cost?
Around 900 dollars as a recommended retail price seem realistic to us – i.e. pretty much in the middle between the RTX 3080 (RRP: 719 dollars) and RTX 3080 Ti (RRP: 1,099 dollars). What ultimately arrives on the road is another matter. At the moment, however, there are signs of a normalization in prices.
At this point, however, the clear hint: Whether there will actually be RTX 3080 Super and Co. is far from being set in stone. These are still unconfirmed rumors.
What do you all mean? Will there be a super series of the 3000s, as was the case with the 2000s? Feel free to write it in the comments!