NVIDIA Hints At RTX 3080 Graphics Card With 20GB Memory

Usman Pirzada

Videocardz has found an indirect confirmation of our exclusive almost a month back from none other than NVIDIA themselves. The company published a white paper in which every card mentioned was written without any specific memory details but the RTX 3080 was written specifically with the 10GB suffix - indicating there are more variants planned and they wanted the whitepaper to be futureproofed for any discrepancies or confusion with the 20GB variant.

NVIDIA RTX 3080 20GB is in the pipeline - waiting for AMD to make its Big Navi move

The RTX 3080 10GB is an amazing card but it has one major caveat: it only has 10GB of vRAM. With titles like MSFS 2020 already out and requiring at least 16GB of vRAM to run comfortably, the low amount of memory on the 3080 will bottleneck it in future titles. This is why, even without any confirmation, we were sure that the company would release a 20 GB variant as well. This seems to have been more or less indirectly confirmed by NVIDIA in their recently released Ampere whitepaper.

An RTX 3080 with 20GB of vRAM would be the perfect graphics card for the next generation of titles. Combined with RTX IO it would allow asset streaming of huge quantities of data and 20 GB of RAM would be sufficient for even demanding killer titles like Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020. While we have no concrete date on when the card will be launching/available, we do know this will come in response to AMD's 16GB big navi GPU which is scheduled to be released in late October. This means NVIDIA should be announcing the 3080 20GB card within a few weeks of October 28.

We would heavily encourage any prospective buyers to wait for the 20GB variant because unless NVIDIA prices that in a TITAN fashion (which is unlikely considering this is their response to AMD's 6900XT) it will offer much higher value for money and will also represent a card that will not be bottlenecked by any future title - no matter how demanding it might be.

What we know about NVIDIA SKUs so far:

Since we now know the nomenclature and naming schemes of at least some of the cards, I have taken the liberty to fill them against their respective board numbers.

  1. The crown jewel of NVIDIA's lineup is the PG132-10 board with 24GB of vRAM. This is the card known as the RTX 3090. It is going to be replacing the RTX 2080 Ti and is currently scheduled to be available in the second half of September.
  2. We then have the PG132-20 and PG132-30 boards, both of which are the RTX 3080 20 GB and RTX 3080 10 GB respectively and will be replacing the RTX 2080 SUPER graphics card. The RTX 3080 20 GB with PG132-20 board is going to be available after Navi (late october) while the RTX 3080 10 GB (PG132-30 board) is going to be available in mid-September. It is worth adding here that these three parts are likely the SKU10, 20 and 30 we have been hearing about and the SKU20 is going to be targetted dead center at AMD's Big Navi offering (and hence the staggered launch schedule). Since AMD's Big Navi will *probably* have 16GB worth of vRAM, it also explains why NVIDIA wants to go with 20GB.
  3. The PG142-0 and PG142-10 are both going to be replacing the RTX 2070 SUPER and will feature 16GB and 8GB worth of vRAM respectively. While the PG142-10 has a known launch schedule in the second half of September, the PG142-0 board has no confirmed launch date yet.
  4. Finally, we have the PG190-10 board which is going to be replacing the RTX 2060 SUPER graphics card and will have 8GB of vRAM as well. The launch schedule for this board has not been decided yet either.

NVIDIA Ampere GPUs Partial Specs And Launch Dates

Board ID Replacement ClassvRAMBus WidthLaunch Schedule
PG132-102080 Ti 24 GB384 bit2H Sept.
PG132-202080 Super20 GB320 bit1H Oct.
PG132-302080 Super10 GB320 bitMid. Sept.
PG142-02070 Super16 GBTBDTBD
PG142-102070 Super8 GB256 bit2H Sept.
PG190-102060 Super8 GB 256 bitTBD
* = not confirmed

October is shaping up to be an amazing month of tech enthusiasts with NVIDIA's new RTX 3080 cards becoming available and AMD finally pushing out Big Navi in the following few weeks as well. The Ampere series has had more leaks and rumors than any other series and as we enter into crunch time towards availability, the pressure is going to be on for AMD.

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