Nvidia recently announced the upcoming release of its most powerful graphics card ever, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 Ti. The company briefly mentioned the card during its CES 2022 keynote.
While many await the release of Nvidia’s new gaming powerhouse, a new leak suggests that production of the card has been put on hold for the time being.
Tweaktown reported today that an unnamed source has reached out to the likes of Nvidia to stop manufacturing the RTX 3090 Ti graphics card. According to the source, Nvidia has asked its board partners to stop production of custom RTX 3090 Ti cards. The source was not able to verify the reason behind that decision, so only speculation remains.
There could be several reasons why Nvidia is braking on the RTX 3090 Ti. Tweaktown suggests there may be a problem with the silicone. It’s not even a stretch to assume that ongoing GPU depletion may play a role, although it will probably delay production rather than stop it altogether.
VideoCardz also cites its own sources and confirms that Nvidia has indeed chosen to halt production, citing issues with the hardware and BIOS as the two main reasons behind that choice. It can’t be said whether Nvidia’s board partners will need to modify graphics cards already made.
Nvidia hasn’t actually confirmed a release date for the RTX 3090 Ti. While the budget RTX 3050 (also announced during CES 2022) was confirmed to have a January 27 launch date, its much more powerful sibling was only mentioned during Nvidia’s keynote speech. Still, previous rumors point to January 27th for both cards, though that seems to have fallen through – if it was ever planned to launch.
One thing Nvidia has promised is that it will talk more about the card later this month. There’s still a lot of information left to fill in: Other than the official release date, we don’t know much about the card’s specifications. The ultra-high-end GPU will have 24GB of 21GB/s GDDR6X memory, adding up to 1TB/s bandwidth. It will also have 320 tensor cores, 40 shader cores and 78 ray tracing cores.
Rumors suggest that in addition to the above, the new Nvidia GPU will have 10,752 CUDA cores and a TDP of 450W. However, custom versions of the GPU can be a lot more power hungry, with a rumored TDP of over 1000W.
As Nvidia has yet to make an official statement on the matter, it has not been revealed when the new RTX 3090 Ti will finally hit stores. Luckily, we’re likely to hear more about Nvidia’s plans this month.