Seriously though, even at $999 given our crappy market situation, I'm kind of thinking the improvement in gaming experience simply won't be worth that high of a cost. A 16GB version of the 3070 Ti for $600 would be very appealing. I'm just not sure I want to part with $1500 for a GPU, and that's what the 3080 Ti would cost me even at $999 because I need a waterblock for it, plus tax and shipping. By the time it's all over, it's around $1500. My FOMO isn't strong enough to make that sound like a good idea.
Oh wait. I just remembered I can sell my 1080Ti for $800, lol. Problem solved. Bring on the 3080Ti.
It's always a bit cringe-inducing when you look at the price jump compared to guesstimated performance increases. Of course, maybe that's where the 3090 comes in.. it already helped soften the blow with its +100% price jump over the 3080.
Anyway, if the rumors are true, the 3080 Ti will cost ~40% more than the 3080, and I'm sure we can guarantee that it will not offer 40% more performance given that it's leaked specs are slightly lower than the 3090, which is about 10-15% more than the 3080.
Also, the rumors about the 3070 Ti suggest that it has slightly more CUDA cores (+256) and uses GDDR6X instead of GDDR6. So, it will gain a boost from what should be increased memory speed, but I'm assuming not much? It does make the 3060 such a weird outlier with its 12GB of VRAM, but that's just likely because they didn't want a card gimped with 6GB. That does make me wonder if the card could've been released with 8GB of VRAM (i.e. a larger bus) and hit a lower price point. The 3060 has always seemed like such an awkward buy when the 3060 Ti is appreciably faster and only $60 more (MSRP, of course).