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NVIDIA launches GeForce RTX 3070 Ti and RTX 3080 Ti graphics cards


Editor’s Note:   We have heard your feedback and have made the decision to release RTX 30-series inventory in select stores going forward. Inventory will not be available on the morning of the launch, and we will communicate when we will have in-store availability later this month.


If you are a PC gamer, you know all about NVIDIA and you know every detail of the company’s RTX 30 series video cards. These cards have been the hottest ticket in town since their launch last fall. The RTX 30 situation is about to get even more interesting. NVIDIA has just announced the launch of the new GeForce RTX 3070 Ti and RTX 3080 Ti graphics cards. That “Ti” stands for “Titanium” and that means the newly launched graphics cards are even more powerful than the original versions. Will you be able to order the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti and RTX 3080 Ti at Best Buy? You bet. Details are below, but keep in mind the demand for the RTX series has been phenomenal. So mark the dates in your calendar.

Everything that makes the RTX 30 series so good, but better

NVIDIA’s RTX 30 series graphics cards have won accolades for their advanced technology, high performance, and ability to push the envelope for gamers and creators.

Designed using the company’s second generation Ampere RTX architecture, they include NVIDIA’s groundbreaking DLSS. This AI-accelerated rendering technology leverages the RTX series’ Tensor cores to deliver higher resolution graphics at higher frame rates. Then there’s the advance in real-time ray tracing, and the support for HDR gaming at up to 8K resolution. 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti details

First up is the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti. The original GeForce RTX 3070 was considered a sweet spot card for gamers. Specs included 5888 CUDA cores, base clock rate of 1.50GHz, boosted clock rate of 1.73GHz and 8GB of DDR6 RAM. That was a lot of performance for the buck. However, the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti gets some key upgrades.

The number of CUDA cores for the new card is boosted to 6144. More CUDA cores means more processing power. In addition, the DDR6 RAM gets upgraded to 8GB of DDR6X RAM. Previously only included with the higher end RTX 30 cards, DDR6X RAM has higher bandwidth than DDR6. Clock rates also get a boost, to a base of 1.58GHz and a boosted clock rate of 1.77GHz. 

Combined, the upgrades spell a big performance improvement over the original GeForce RTX 3070.

NVIDIA RTX 3080 Ti details

The GeForce RTX 3080 is near the top of the RTX 30 series range, but the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti is going to bring it even closer to the mighty GeForce RTX 3090.

The key upgrades here are an increase in DDR6X RAM from 10GB on the original card to 12GB on the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti. That memory also gets more bandwidth, going from 320-bit to 384-bit. The CUDA cores get a huge boost from 8704 to 10240. Clock rates actually drop slightly on the new card (to 1.37GHz base and and 1.67GHZ boost), but with the big gain in CUDA cores and the memory upgrades, the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti is still going to seriously outperform the original card.

Here’s when you can order the latest NVIDIA RTX series graphics cards

As I mentioned (not that I need to remind anyone who’s been hoping to upgrade their gaming PC), there has been incredible demand for all NVIDIA RTX 30 series graphics cards. That demand continues to outstrip supply. It’s a safe bet that the new, even more powerful Ti versions are going to be just as popular—if not more so. That means you need to mark these dates on your calendar. These are the dates when you will be able to order the new graphics cards online from Best Buy.

RTX 3080 Ti: June 3

RTX 3070 Ti: June 10 launch, however, as mentioned at the top of this article, inventory will not be available on the morning of the launch, and we will communicate when we will have in-store availability later this month.

Remember that Best Buy is continuously replenishing inventory based on NVIDIA board partner manufacturing capacity, so please check back often.