Something to look forward to: Gigabyte may have accidentally confirmed that Nvidia’s upcoming Super graphics cards will have twice as much memory as their standard counterparts. However, this is more of a confirmation of the RTX 3070: A similar mistake by Lenovo a few weeks ago already hinted at an upgrade to the series.
On their website, Gigabyte has a list of graphics cards that will come with a free copy of Watch Dogs: Legion. Five unannounced cards are included: the N306S 8GD model, two N307S 16 GD models and two N308S 20GD models.
In other words, RTX 3060 Super with 8 GB memory, RTX 3070 Super with 16 GB memory and RTX 3080 Super with 20 GB memory. Some think these will be Ti releases, not Super … but what̵
For reference, the standard RTX 3070 has 8 GB of memory and the RTX 3080 10 GB. The RTX 3090 has 24 GB.
Although the relatively low memory capacity of the RTX 3000 series is a common target for criticism, tests show that they do not pose a major obstacle. It is not clear how much performance can be achieved by doubling the memory capacity. Here are Justin Walker’s comments from Nvidia on the matter.
Q: Why only 10 GB of memory for the RTX 3080? How was this determined to be a sufficient number when stagnant from the previous generation?
A: We constantly analyze the memory requirements of the latest games and regularly check with game developers to understand their memory needs for current and upcoming games. The goal of the 3080 is to provide you with great performance at resolutions up to 4k, with all settings maximized at the best possible price.
To do this, you need a very powerful graphics processor with high-speed memory and enough memory to meet the needs of games. A few examples – if you look at Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Metro Exodus, Wolfenstein Youngblood, Gears of War 5, Borderlands 3 and Red Dead Redemption 2, running at 3080 in 4k with maximum settings (including all applicable high res text packs ) and RTX On, when the game supports it, you get in the range of 60-100fps and use anywhere from 4GB to 6GB of memory.
It’s always nice to have extra memory, but that would increase the cost of the graphics card, so we need to find the right balance.
It can be assumed that the new cards will oppose AMD’s big Navi. We’ll have to wait and see if increasing the memory is enough to keep Nvidia first.