Gigabyte confirms 12GB RTX 3080, 16GB 3070Ti and RX 6500 XT through Eurasian regulatory filings
- 2021-12-08 19:29
- Recompile By Brian - CPU Review
What to expect: Gigabyte submitted a list of new graphics card models to the EEC this week, confirming previous rumors of upgraded RTX 3080 and 3070 Ti models. It also lists AMD's unannounced Radeon RX 6500 XT.
Tuesday's Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) filing showcases 10 new Gigabyte custom RTX 3080 designs, seven new 3070Ti variants and three RX 6500 GPUs. All 3080s feature 12 gigabytes of VRAM, while the 3080s now have 10GB. The 3070 Ti cards show that their memory doubles from 8 to 16GB, while the 6500 XT - designed as a lower-end card, is only listed with 4GB. The symbols in the profile indicate known Gigabyte custom models such as the Aorus, Eagle, and Vision.
EEC is the governing body Gigabyte will have to register to issue cards in countries like Russia, Belarus or Armenia. So, presumably, they're looking to sell these cards soon in one or more of these regions.
Rumors of these Nvidia upgrades surfaced in October, along with a leak of the 12GB RTX 2060. In the end, the company confirmed the latter in a roundabout way. The EEC filing doesn't say anything about the release date for the Nvidia cards. Analysts expect AMD to announce the 6500 XT at CES 2022 in January.
Nvidia's upgrades could be for a refresh similar to the RTX 20 Super series, an attempt to reduce the scarce supply of graphics cards, or both. The odd memory configurations - the 3070Ti carries more VRAM than the 3080 - could be a sign of the manufacturing constraints Nvidia is experiencing.