Recently leaked images have provided the first look at NVIDIA’s unreleased GeForce RTX 3080 Ti graphics card model with 20GB of memory. NVIDIA ultimately scrapped plans to launch the card only after some production units were made.
Photos obtained by VideoCardz show a custom RTX 3080 Ti model from MSI equipped with 20GB of GDDR6 memory across a 320-bit interface, rather than the standard 12GB 384-bit configuration that came to market.
Original Flagship Ampere SKU
Initially, the souped-up 20GB variant was poised to sit atop NVIDIA’s Ampere stack as the new flagship gaming GPU. But for unspecified reasons, NVIDIA cancelled the product before announcing or launching any 20GB models.
While the company has not commented publicly on its decision, board partners produced limited samples before cancellation.
Unleashed GA102 GPU with 10,496 Cores
NVIDIA’s top-end GA102 GPU powers the MSI card pictured, fully unlocked to 10,496 CUDA cores and a boost clock speed of 1.19GHz.
This represents the maximum gaming configuration for GA102 outside of the professional-focused A6000. The cancelled card stretched GA102’s capabilities further than any shipping product.
Outperforms 12GB RTX 3080 Ti
Benchmarks of the rare cancelled 20GB card with some driver tweaks allow it to surpass the performance of the prevalent 12GB RTX 3080 Ti variant.
The combination of the fully-fledged GA102 and extra VRAM would have delivered new heights of 4K gaming prowess for Ampere if adequate cooling permitted.