NVIDIA Ampere GA102-250 GPU Spotted on GeForce RTX 3090 Graphics Card, Was Going To Be Utilized In RTX 3080 Ti Before Spec-Change


A user on Hardwareluxx's Forums has confirmed the existence of NVIDIA's Ampere GA102-250 GPU SKU which was previously expected to be featured on the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti graphics card. It was spotted when the forum member took apart his GeForce RTX 3090, only to reveal that the GPU had initially been labeled as the GA102-250 SKU instead of the GA102-300 which is the official SKU used on the RTX 3090.

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The NVIDIA GA102-250-KD-A1 GPU only existed in the rumor mill but now we can confirm that this is indeed a real chip. Initially planned for the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti graphics card, it looks like NVIDIA decided that they could use a further cut-down SKU to power the upcoming flagship while this SKU can be utilized for the GeForce RTX 3090 graphics card. You can clearly see that the GA102-250-KD-A1 GPU label has been cut-off and instead, it's been repurposed as the GA102-300-A1 SKU. What's interesting is that the GA102-250-KD-A1 was expected to feature 78 SM units enabled for a total of 9984 CUDA cores whereas the RTX 3090 with its GA102-300-A1 GPU packs 82 SMs or 10496 cores.

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It could be possible that NVIDIA decided to repurpose the GA102-250 SKU into  GA102-300 given the shortages of its high-end graphics cards. We cannot say for sure if the 250 variant offers the same performance/power limits as the 300 variant but given that it has a lower naming scheme, one could expect it to be a lower bin than the standard GA102-300 SKU. The GPU was also made during the 49th week of 2020 which is between the end of November and early December. Again, we do not know the extent to which NVIDIA is repurposing its GA102-250 chips to GA102-300 but since they exist and this is out now, we can expect more users to find this out by themselves.

NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 3090 has been spotted utilizing the GA102-250 GPU, the once rumored SKU for the RTX 3080 Ti. (Image Credits: HardwareLuxx)

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti on the other hand has seen a spec-change and will now be using the Ampere GA102-225-A1 GPU SKU. Following are the expected specifications of the upcoming RTX 30 series flagship.

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NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 3080 Ti 12 GB FE (Founders Edition) graphics card is expected to feature the PG132-SKU18 PCB design and the GA102-225-KD-A1 graphics core. The GA102-225 GPU has also changed since the last time we saw them and will now feature 10240 CUDA cores within a total of 80 SM units. Since the main core configuration is entirely brand new, the previously leaked clocks & TMU/ROP counts should now be dismissed.

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As for memory, the card will feature 12 GB of GDDR6X memory. Unlike the 19.5 Gbps speeds of the RTX 3090, the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti is said to retain the same memory speeds as the RTX 3080 at 19 Gbps. Since we are getting 12 GB memory, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti will be using a 384-bit bus interface which equals a total bandwidth of 912 GB/s. So while we see an 8 GB VRAM reduction over the previous spec, the larger bus interface should drive higher memory bandwidth.

The TGP for the card is set to be the same as the RTX 3080 at 320 Watts. That's definitely needed to feed the extra cores so NVIDIA might have to optimize the clocks a bit here. The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti is expected to launch in mid-April for an MSRP of around $999 US. The card is rumored for launch in May.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series 'Ampere' Graphics Card Specifications:

Graphics Card NameNVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 TiNVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 TiNVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 TiNVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 TiNVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
GPU NameAmpere GA107Ampere GA107Ampere GA106-300Ampere GA104-200Ampere GA104-300Ampere GA104-400Ampere GA102-200Ampere GA102-225Ampere GA102-300
Process NodeSamsung 8nmSamsung 8nmSamsung 8nmSamsung 8nmSamsung 8nmSamsung 8nmSamsung 8nmSamsung 8nmSamsung 8nm
Die SizeTBATBATBA395.2mm2395.2mm2395.2mm2628.4mm2628.4mm2628.4mm2
TransistorsTBATBATBA17.4 Billion17.4 Billion17.4 Billion28 Billion28 Billion28 Billion
CUDA Cores2048?2560?358448645888614487041024010496
TMUs / ROPs64 / 4080 / 48112 / 64152 / 80184 / 96192/ 96272 / 96320 / 112328 / 112
Tensor / RT Cores64 / 1680 / 20112 / 28152 / 38184 / 46192/ 48272 / 68320 / 80328 / 82
Base ClockTBATBA1320 MHz1410 MHz1500 MHz1575 MHz1440 MHz1365 MHz1400 MHz
Boost ClockTBATBA1780 MHz1665 MHz1730 MHz1770 MHz1710 MHz1665 MHz1700 MHz
Tensor-TOPsTBATBA101 TOPs129.6 TOPs163 TOPs174 TOPs238 TOPs273 TOPs285 TOPs
Memory Bus128-bit128-bit192-bit256-bit256-bit256-bit320-bit384-bit384-bit
Memory SpeedTBATBA15 Gbps14 Gbps14 Gbps19 Gbps19 Gbps19 Gbps19.5 Gbps
BandwidthTBATBA360 Gbps448 Gbps448 Gbps608 Gbps760 Gbps912 Gbps936 Gbps
Price (MSRP / FE)$149?$199?$329$399 US$499 US$599 US$699 US$1199$1499 US
Launch (Availability)2021?2021?February 2021December 202029th October 202010th June 202117th September 20203rd June 202124th September 2020