Apparently the widely-expected GeForce RTX 3080 going on sale alongside a rather unexpected addition – the RTX 3090.
According to Igor’s Lab, Nvidia will be starting mass production of the GPUs in August, with a reveal and media event - including first official benchmarks - in September 2020.
A possible launch could be seen on the digital-only version of Gamescom 2020.
While we had been expecting the RTX 3080 to launch around that time, a mention of an RTX 3090 launching at the same time is news.
Nvidia hasn’t released a x90 chip since the GTX 690 in 2012. Before then, an x90 GPU was a dual-chip card – and that’s something Nvidia hasn’t made since the Titan Z in 2014.
Nvidia’s flagship consumer cards are the Ti cards, like the RTX 2080 Ti but the RTX 3090 rumours are not going away. If the RTX 3090 exists, will it be a step above the RTX 3080 Ti, or could simply replace it. The RTX 3090 could be another dual-chip GPU.
It might also be that Nvidia has been consulting the black magicians in its design department. AMD and Intel releasing ‘9’ series enthusiast products (the Ryzen 9 and Core i9 respectively) and its is possible that punters are starting to associate products with a ‘9’ in their names with high performance, enthusiast components.