Last week, word floated around that NVIDIA was planning on launching a SUPER variant of its RTX 3090 next January, along with other SKUs in the Ampere line, plus a souped-up version of an RTX 2060. And while the supposed specifications of the card have also been made online, a recent leak is now suggesting that the card will be launched under the “Ti” moniker, among other things.
Specifically, the leak suggests that NVIDIA will be releasing the improved RTX 3090 as the RTX 3090 Ti, and not as the RTX 3090 SUPER. It’s a name change that clearly makes more sense, seeing how the introduction of SUPER cards in the Turing era – especially with the RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti – was meant to offer a small step up over its non-SUPER brethren, serving as a go-between before the Ti.
Identity crisis aside and getting to the more important points, the same rumours have also suggested that the alleged RTX 3090 Ti will need far more power than the RTX 3090 and as such, will have a TDP of 450W. For context, the RTX 3090 has a TDP of 350W. One reason behind the increased power consumption is that the card is expected to run with higher 21Gbps memory, but to be fair, that detail is merely hearsay and a half-whisper at this point.
Perhaps the most important detail of the leak, though, is that the RTX 3090 Ti is expected to feature a brand new power connector. At least, for the Founders Edition variation of the card. Instead of the unique 12-pin MOLEX power connector, the powerhouse graphics card is expected to use a 16-pin MOLEX connector, and in a MicroFit format at that. Supposedly, the new connector is made as a new standard for the PCI Gen5, hinting at the possibility that NVIDIA has designed the card to fall in line with Intel’s upcoming Alder Lake lineup and accompanying 600 series platform.
Of course, it goes without saying that all this is still inconclusive and just speculation and at the time of writing, NVIDIA has not released any official statement regarding the RTX 3090 Ti, nor will it, given its boilerplate stance on making comments on unreleased products and rumours. As such, take this with a large grain of salt.