It looks like NVIDIA is going to cancel the launch of the GeForce RTX 4080 12GB graphics card in November 2022. The company will relaunch the card under a different name. At the moment we don’t know what that name will be or when the card will eventually be launched.
With the first announcement of the RTX 40 series, NVIDIA has officially announced the RTX 4090, RTX 4080 16GB and RTX 4080 12GB. NVIDIA has said the RTX 4080 16GB is still on track for a November launch. The big problem many of us had with the initial announcement was that the two RTX 4080 models not only differed in VRAM size, but were actually based on two different chips and had different CUDA core counts. The 16GB model is based on the larger “AD103” silicon, has 9,728 CUDA cores and a 256-bit wide GDDR6X memory bus, while the 12GB model is based on the smaller “AD104” silicon, only 7,680 CUDA. cores (21% fewer CUDA cores) and only 192-bit wide GDDR6X memory bus. So you can see why a lot of people were a little upset that NVIDIA called this an RTX 4080 12GB when it’s more or less a completely different card.
In general, we’re not a big fan of two cards with different VRAM sizes, it’s just confusing, especially for new buyers. In addition, the specifications of the cards are different. Criticism of the naming was all over social media, so maybe that caused NVIDIA to cancel or “unlaunch” the card. It will be interesting to see how the map is renamed.
As we mentioned, the RTX 4080 16GB will be available on November 16.
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