Nvidia solely simply revealed the GeForce RTX 3050 and RTX 3090 Ti throughout its CES 2022 keynote final week, however that wasn’t all the corporate had up its sleeve. On Tuesday morning, Nvidia quietly and surprisingly launched a brand new 12GB model of GeForce RTX 3080 that fixes our largest (albeit minor) gripe with an in any other case stellar graphics card.
The 10GB of VRAM on the unique RTX 3080 felt considerably missing proper out of the gate, as video games like Doom already chew up immense quantities of reminiscence with each graphics knob cranked at 4K decision. It most likely wouldn’t be one thing you’d have to fret about in most video games quickly, however the brand new model’s 12GB of GDDR6X fully alleviates any potential issues. Nvidia additionally expanded the reminiscence bus width on this mannequin from 320-bit to 384-bit, which helps enhance general reminiscence bandwidth to 912GB/s, up from 760GB/s within the unique.
Nvidia additionally tweaked the GPU configuration of the brand new 12GB RTX 3080, bumping the CUDA graphics core rely from 8704 within the unique to 8960 now. That, mixed with the upgraded reminiscence, ought to make the 12GB RTX 3080 only a wee bit quicker than the unique, although we might’ve most well-liked that Nvidia gave this card a barely totally different identify (like RTX 3080 Tremendous) given the small-but-key GPU tweaks.
Don’t trouble making an attempt to search out a Founders Version model of this graphics card. Nvidia advised PCWorld to contact board distributors (like EVGA, Asus, MSI, et cetera) for extra product data—together with pricing. Sure, Nvidia didn’t even slap an official MSRP on this unhealthy boy. Gulp. The unique 10GB model ostensibly retailed for $700 however is at present unimaginable to search out in conventional shops, and goes for $1,500 to $2000-plus on Ebay relying on the mannequin. Due to the continued GPU scarcity, don’t anticipate this improve to return low cost.
Replace: Yep, these aren’t low cost. EVGA’s commonplace 10GB RTX 3080 XC Extremely Gaming mannequin prices $840 on the corporate’s web site. The 12GB RTX 3080 XC Extremely Gaming prices $1,250—a $410 markup, and much more than the non-Extremely model of the step-up RTX 3080 Ti XC Gaming, which prices $1210. Effectively, if any of them have been in inventory, that’s. Contemplating that mining desirability is essentially pushed by reminiscence bandwidth, that isn’t actually shocking, even when it’s a bit disheartening.
Nonetheless, extra GPUs is best than fewer GPUs. You won’t have seen the 12GB RTX 3080’s launch for those who weren’t paying shut consideration—Nvidia didn’t launch any bulletins or weblog posts, it solely quietly up to date the RTX 3080 household’s spec web page and slipped point out of the GPU into its new driver launch notes—however it’s right here. We’ll attempt to get our fingers on one for testing.