After having to deal with rumors left and right, people now have an idea when the next NVIDIA RTX card will be out, and it’s going to be sooner than most expect.

TweakTown reveals that the NVIDIA RTX 3080 Ti is going to be officially announced on May 31st, and out on the market on June 9th (which is also the date for reviews of the card to come out). This news (for real this time) comes after images of the new NVIDIA cards ready to be shipped kept popping up all over the internet recently.

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The launch date is also not the one that NVIDIA originally planned. According to a report on Forbes, the release was delayed from the first initial date of May 18th. The official reason, according to Team Green, was production issues (which by now is no surprise at all, given the state of graphics card supplies.

Read also: 2021 GPU shortage Will Continue Until The End Of The Year According To NVIDIA; iGPUs And APUs To The Rescue

Does it Have Anti-Mining Measures?

Remember the time when NVIDIA released the RTX 3060, promising a software lock that will deter miners from gobbling up stocks? Yeah, that didn’t go as planned. And what’s even worse, NVIDIA themselves “accidentally” unlocked the hash rate via a driver. In the end, gamers still got the short end of the stick.

People are now clamoring for the next Ampere cards to be undesirable for miners by limiting their hash rates. And NVIDIA is answering their call, with the so-called low hash rate (LHR) cards beginning to hit the market in June, according to Videocardz. Team Green is promising that this time, the mining limiter actually is not hackable.

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Jen-Hsun Huang, president and chief executive officer of Nvidia Corp., holds up the new Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 graphics processor during the company’s event at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. CES showcases more than 4,500 exhibiting companies, including manufacturers, developers and suppliers of consumer technology hardware, content, technology delivery systems and more. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

But is the RTX 3080 Ti among these LHR GPUs? Yes, and it will have the same anti-mining measures as the new variants of the RTX 3060 Ti, 3070, and 3080 (which are releasing alongside the brand-new Ampere card. But it’s still unsure if the limiter is either a hardware or software-based one. Because if it is the latter, then kiss these cards goodbye. If it’s the former, then maybe we’re in business.

Specs and Price Expectations

The newest addition to the Ampere lineup has some pretty impressive hardware under the hood. Featuring a reworked GA 102-225 GPU, the card will sport a massive 10240 CUDA cores, 12GB of GDDR6X memory on a 384-bit bus (up from the 3080’s 352-bit), and 76 RT cores for all that ray-tracing goodness.

As for the price, maybe try to temper all expectations. It’s actually already hit certain retailers around the world, according to Tom’s Hardware. For instance, a retailer in New Zealand priced the MSI Ventus OC version for around NZD $2500, or almost USD $1800. And down under in Australia, the Gigabyte RTX 3080 Ti Eagle apparently retails for over AUD $1700, which is just above USD $1300. Yikes.

Here’s hoping that this new launch will actually be a good one.

Read also: NVIDIA GPU Users Warned: Update Your Drivers Or Be Vulnerable To A Hack

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