New benchmarks have appeared online that apparently show how much more powerful the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 will be compared to the RTX 2080 Ti – Nvidia’s current flagship GPU. The benchmark results were leaked through the HardwareLeaks website, which apparently posted an unidentified Nvidia GPU posting some very impressive results.
The results refer to an ‘Unidentified Nvidia Ampere GPU’, and we’re still not sure what Nvidia will call the upcoming next-gen graphics cards, although many people believe they will use the RTX 3000 naming convention (the current series is RTX 2000).
The results (which we will reach shortly) suggest a flagship GPU, so these are probably from an RTX 3080, RTX 3080 Ti, or RTX 3000 Titan. Some rumors have even suggested the existence of an RTX 3090, but we have our doubts about the existence of such a GPU. According to the leaked benchmarks, which belong to the popular 3D Mark Time Spy tests, an unknown GPU from Nvidia scores an impressive 18,257. That’s a huge leap of 30.98% over the RTX 2080 Ti, which is currently Nvidia’s most powerful mainstream gaming graphics card.
Not only that, the results are 22.14% better than a stock of Nvidia Titan RTX, currently Nvidia’s most powerful consumer GPU (which is mainly aimed at creatives because of its high price tag – and it’s also the GPU we use to test games at 8K). In fact, the only graphics card that doesn’t beat it is a hugely-overclocked EVGA RTX 2080 Ti XC.
If these results are real – and HardwareLeaks claims that the website was “able to verify 100% that this test was done by an Nvidia employee” – then PC gamers should start getting very excited about the upcoming RTX 3000 series launch.
So, assuming these results are real, which GPU does it show? Based on persistent rumors, we’re pretty sure that Nvidia will launch at least three high-end RTX 3000 series GPUs later this year with the GA102 chip; one with 10GB VRAM (assumed to be the RTX 3080), one with 12GB VRAM (assumed to be the RTX 3080 Ti or RTX 3080 Super) and one with a massive 24GB VRAM (assumed to be the RTX 3090 or RTX Titan).
Wccftech has done some interesting math to try to figure out which GPU this could be and thinks it’s probably the RTX 3080. We tend to agree. Although a 30% improvement is certainly impressive, we expect an even bigger gap with the higher GA102 GPUs (which are likely to be very expensive). Hopefully, we won’t have much longer to figure out what Nvidia’s next-gen GPU plans are.