Nvidia announced a host of new GPUs during their presentation at CES. And while we were anticipating a new RTX 3080 GPU, it wasn't the one we got. Instead of the much anticipated RTX 3080 12GB, Nvidia threw in a curveball by announcing the RTX 3080 Ti laptop GPU. Confused? Don't be. We're here to break down exactly what the new GPU offers in terms of power and performance. Let's dive in.
How Many Teraflops is the RTX 3080 Ti?
We don't want to get too bogged down in explaining what teraflops are, and why they matter. But as a quick summary, a teraflop is the ability to carry out one billion floating point operations (a flop) per second. Essentially, the more teraflops, the more calculations can be performed at the same time. As a result, you would expect superior performance. There are other factors that can also influence this, but as a guideline, that's what you need to know.
Sadly, although Nvidia announced the RTX 3080 Ti laptop GPU, they are yet to furnish us with all the details, so we don't know exactly how many teraflops the new GPU offers. But its closest comparator, the RTS 3080 laptop GPU, has about 16 teraflops. So you can expect this to be in that ballpark, and potentially a little bit higher.
How Many Gigabytes is the RTX 3080 Ti
In terms of memory, the same principles apply: namely, the higher the number, the more memory. The more memory, the more data the GPU can hold. This can lead to superior visuals, such as higher resolutions, and higher texture quality. Nvidia claims these will be able to offer 120fps and above, at 'Ultra 1440p' resolution.
The RTX 3080 Ti laptop GPU comes with 16GB of GDDR6 memory. This is the fastest memory type currently available. The RTX 3080 laptop actually has two models, one which offers 16GB of GDDR6, and one which offers 8GB of GDDR6. Nvidia claims though, that the RTX 3080 Ti laptop GPU offers higher performance than the desktop TITAN RTX GPU.
Anything Else We Should Know?
The most obvious difference with this new GPU is the number of cores it offers. While the 'vanilla' RTX 3080 has 6144 CUDA cores, the new RTX 3080 Ti has 7424 CUDA cores. This is a roughly 20% increase in cores, which has the potential to equate to significant performance gains. There are other new features as well - notably battery boost, a CPU optimiser, and MAX-Q, which should also contribute to better performance.
As ever though, it won't be until these GPUs are out in the wild, that we see just how well they perform. They are scheduled for release on February 1st, and will be priced from $2499.