You don’t know which graphics card to buy or are you waiting to see how the situation will develop in the coming months? The graphics card market brings out a large number of models and cards and this 2021 will be no less. That is why we have compiled information from the Road Map of NVIDIA and AMD GPUs in 2021, so you can decide whether to wait or buy a graphics card now.
As different models of graphics cards will appear every year, some of them are already known and are highly anticipated, but such a volume of information can be overwhelming for the end user. In addition to all this are added false rumors that confuse even more, that is why it is important to have the appropriate information to know whether to wait to buy a graph or wait for a more suitable model for our needs.
The NVIDIA and AMD Road Map for 2021
|Graphic card||GPU||CU / SM||VRAM||Its existence confirmed|
|AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT||Navi 23||32||4GB / 8GB (GDDR6)||Yes|
|AMD Radeon RX 6700||Navi 22||36||6GB / 12GB (GDDR6)||Yes|
|NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050||GA107||16 or 17||4GB / 8GB (GDDR6)||Yes|
|NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti||GA104||48||8GB / 16GB? (GDDR6X)||8 GB model yes, 16 GB model in doubt|
|NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 (16GB)||GA104||46||16GB (GDDR6)||No|
|NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti||GA102||80||12 GB (GDDR6X)||Yes|
The following roadmap corresponds to the information that exists at the moment of writing this article about the range of desktop graphics cards that will be released in 2021. At the moment the releases that have been the GeForce RTX 3060 by NVIDIA and the Radeon RX 6700 XT by AMD. Both with 12GB configurations and based on the mid-range GPUs of their respective architectures.
We have made the Road Map taking into account, on the one hand, the information that has been learned with a dropper and, on the other, taking into account the different variations within what is possible. For example, we have taken into account in this Road Map of GPUs for 2021 the different memory configurations under a bus of the same bit width.
In summer the fight will be for the low range
The low-end gaming graphics card will see an interesting fight between the AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT based on the Navi 23 chip and the NVIDIA RX 3050. Both of which will fight in the market to attract the attention of enthusiasts with more modest pockets.
The AMD RX 6700 XT is based on the Navi 23 chip, which maintains all the elements of the rest of the AMD RX 6000 series, but with a configuration of 32 Compute Units, 64 MB of Infinity Cache and a 128-bit GDDR6 bus, which is the same as its direct rival, the RTX 3050.
In the case of NVIDIA’s bet, it is the replacement for the GTX 16, and it is therefore the first time that we are going to see NVIDIA launch an RTX in that price range. Which means that Ray Tracing and DLSS will reach that part of the market for the first time from NVIDIA. The chip of said GPU is the GA107, with a configuration of 16 or 18 SM with the same configuration as the higher models of the range. So we will not have a repeat of the GTX Turing again.
Reduced VRAM Cards on the Road Map of GPUs by 2021
Although 2 GB GDDR6 memory chips are already available, and with them you can mount graphics cards with higher capacity, 1 GB memory chips are still available at a lower price. That is why we are going to see variants of some graphics cards that are already on the market and use GDDR6 memory in lower capacity and somewhat cheaper versions.
Starting with AMD we can expect versions of the RX 6700 XT and the imminent RX 6700 not only with configurations of 12 GB, but also 6 GB, these versions have the same graphic capacity as the models with more VRAM, although it is possible that AMD cuts a bit the clock speeds of these designs. As for NVIDIA we are also going to see a model of its RTX 3060 with 6 GB of memory.
Already in the face of the low-end graphics cards where we will see the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 competing against the Radeon RX 6600 XT, both cards with a 128-bit bus. Which translates to 4 and 8 GB VRAM configurations.
NVIDIA’s High-End GPU Road Map for 2021
NVIDIA is going to completely renew its range of graphics cards based on the GeForce Ampere architecture or at least part of it in 2021. We do not know if we are going to see an RTX 3000 Super, but given the stock problem added to the high demand from mining, it does not seem the best strategy, especially when the RTX 3000 could not even be seen on the shelves of many stores .
What we know is that NVIDIA is going to launch new variations of its RTX 3000. Among which the RTX 3080 Ti and the RTX 3070 Ti stand out, which are two completely new models and which will be in the high-end of the market. In the case of the RTX 3070 Ti, it is a model that will come with two different versions, one with 8 GB and the other with 16 GB.
Considering that the NVIDIA recommended price of an RTX 3070 is $ 500, while that of the RTX 3080 is $ 700. So the RTX 3070 Ti would be at $ 600 because it is between two waters. A different case is that of the RTX 3080 Ti, since many mistakenly see the RTX 3090 as a replacement for the RTX 2080 Ti, when it has actually been for the Titan RTX. The RTX 3080 Ti could end up in the same recommended price range as the RTX 2080 Ti.
NVIDIA RTX 3070 Ti Additional Details
In the case of the RTX 3070 Ti we are facing a variation of the GA104 chip, which is used in the RTX 3070 and RTX 3060 Ti, which makes use of the full configuration of the 48 SM chip. But, the peculiarity is that this graphics card will not make use of GDDR6 memory but GDDR6X memory under a bus of the same density.
The information we have about the RTX 3070 Ti is that it will appear in two different configurations, one 8 GB and the other 16 GB. Which is surprising considering that the GDDR6X at the moment and officially only has 1 GB capacity chips, so a version with 16 GB would need to place VRAM chips on both sides of the graphics cards with that density.
Another possibility is that the 16 GB version uses GDDR6 memory and not GDDR6X, a move that would mean that the 8 GB version of the card would be more powerful and is something that would not make sense. Especially if we take into account that for NVIDIA it would be easier to launch an RTX 3070 with 16 GB.
The RTX 3080 Ti, new card or replacement for the RTX 3090?
The fact that 2 GB GDDR6X memory chips may exist would change the story for the RTX 3080 Ti, which is known to make use of a 384-bit bus like the RTX 3090, but with a configuration of 80 SM instead of 82, and using 12 GB of memory instead of 24 GB.
Looking ahead to the second quarter of 2021, it does not seem that we are going to see any graphics card that uses GDDR6X of 2 GB per chip, but given the evolution and that NVIDIA needs higher capacity versions of VRAM in its high-end, we would not be surprised to see more. forward an RTX 3070 Ti with 16 GB GDDR6X and even an RTX 3080 Ti with 24 GB GDDR6X.
If the 24 GB version of the RTX 3080 Ti comes out, it can become a replacement for the RTX 3090, especially for the professional market that has been the target of the RTX 3090 since its launch.