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Gigabyte product codenames confirm planned 20GB RTX 3080 and 16GB RTX 3070 models

Are high capacity RTX graphics cards on the horizon?

Gigabyte product codenames confirmed 20GB RTX 3080 and 16GB RTX 3070 plans

Gigabyte product codenames confirm planned 20GB RTX 3080 and 16GB RTX 3070 models

Nvidia's RTX 3070 and RTX 3080 products were announced with 8GB and 10GB frame buffers respectively, but as we expand further into the 4K era, it has become clear that the VRAM requirements of gamers s expanding rapidly. 

Gigabyte's redemption Website for Watch Dogs Legion codes, which will be available for free with RTX 30 series graphics cards for a limited time, Gigabyte has listed several unannounced RTX 30 series graphics cards, including planned 16GB RTX 3070 and 20GB RTX 3080 models. 

Within the product list below, via Videocardz, Gigabyte has also listed RTX 3060 series graphics cards and S (Super?) models for Nvidia's RTX 3060, 3070 and 3080 graphics cards. Note that all of Gigabyte's S series RTX 3070 and RTX 3080 models appear to feature two times as much VRAM as Nvidia's standard RTX 3080 and RTX 3070 models. 

Based on the information below, Nvidia's RTX 3060 will offer its users 8GB of GDDR6 VRAM. This change makes sense given the high VRAM requirements of modern games and how bandwidth-limited Nvidia's RTX 2060 6GB graphics card could be. 

 
Gigabyte product codenames confirmed 20GB RTX 3080 and 16GB RTX 3070 plans
   

As console gaming enters its next-generation and developers start to fully utilise the hardware within the Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5, PC gamers should expect to see VRAM requirements for games rise and for their hardware to be stressed in new and exciting ways. 

The idea of future-proofing will make Nvidia's high capacity RTX 30 series graphics cards attractive to gamers, though it is worth noting that video editors and workstation users will also benefit from this increased allotment of VRAM. 

Please note that Micron plans to release its 16Gb/2GB GDDR6X memory chips in 2021. This means that we are unlikely to see 20GB RTX 3080 GPU models before 2021. 

Those who are interested in Gigabyte's RTX 3080 graphics cards can read our review for their RTX 3080 Gaming OC here

You can join the discussion on Gigabyte's confirmed 20GB RTX 3080 designs on the OC3D Forums.  

Gigabyte product codenames confirmed 20GB RTX 3080 and 16GB RTX 3070 plans 

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21-09-2020, 07:23:54

YOUDIEMOFO
Will future games need that much RAM?!? Games today need this much RAM!!

Play the Division 2 and it'll eat up more than 8gb on my 5700XT. That is if people knew what settings are and that they to past the coveted Ultra standard settings.

I'm getting a 24gb graphics card finally! And it's going to be epic!

People. Stop making click bait and being tards!!Quote

21-09-2020, 07:34:28

Warchild
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Originally Posted by YOUDIEMOFO View Post
Will future games need that much RAM?!? Games today need this much RAM!!

Play the Division 2 and it'll eat up more than 8gb on my 5700XT. That is if people knew what settings are and that they to past the coveted Ultra standard settings.

I'm getting a 24gb graphics card finally! And it's going to be epic!

People. Stop making click bait and being tards!!
On what settings? mine doesnt go above 6gb in Div2.

every sentence in your post seems like you are just trolling. How old are you?Quote

21-09-2020, 07:45:14

tgrech
I think some people are confusing "How much memory your graphics card claims to use" with how much graphics memory is actually being used to practically accelerate the performance, software tools cannot accurately tell you how much memory a game really requires at any given point, empty RAM is pointless RAM so most game engines will opportunistically fill any free VRAM with anything potentially useful in the future, and many game engines will be able to fill huge amounts of VRAM in a somewhat useful way, but that's not to say that without this the game would tank. Essentially my point is just that software tools for reporting VRAM are inherently inaccurate and shouldn't be used to predict your GPU purchasing options.

Of course though, VRAM needs are still going to grow quickly for a bit with the new consoles shifting the baseline, and that will be particularly large for those who want native 4K experiences (However on both consoles and PC this is likely to fall out of favour for ML upscaling approaches to get essentially visually indistinguishable (eventually) "fake 4K"). But to say 20GB is required by any game today I think is an overstatement; Most PC games will still have their max settings optimised for the 11GB RTX2080Ti, and with Amperes compression gains that's probably more or less matched by the current 3080 in effective VRAM capacity.

Essentially, I don't think it's a particularly underhand move for NVidia to release cards with the technology that's possible today (Cards based around 1Gb chips) rather than delaying the whole series until Micron had 2Gb chips ready, there's definitely a market for both configurations and the larger sizes are still going to be somewhat niche in PC (4K gaming seems to have fallen aside for 1440p high refresh rate).Quote

21-09-2020, 08:00:37

looz
In addition, circumventing VRAM shortage is fairly trivial. Just drop texture quality - going from Ultra to High textures is barely noticeable in most titles. Though I'm not aware of any titles which would struggle with 10GB, even at 4K.Quote

21-09-2020, 08:04:51

Warchild
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In addition, circumventing VRAM shortage is fairly trivial. Just drop texture quality - going from Ultra to High textures is barely noticeable in most titles. Though I'm not aware of any titles which would struggle with 10GB, even at 4K.
I know of 3 which is nothing given the pool of titles we have that are demanding at 4k.

Resident evil 2
FF15
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