Nvidia only just disclosed the GeForce RTX 3050 and RTX 3090 Ti in the course of its CES 2022 keynote very last week, but that wasn’t all the organization had up its sleeve. On Tuesday morning, Nvidia quietly and shockingly introduced a new 12GB edition of GeForce RTX 3080 that fixes our greatest (albeit minimal) gripe with an otherwise stellar graphics card.
The 10GB of VRAM on the initial RTX 3080 felt relatively lacking ideal out of the gate, as game titles like Doom now chew up enormous amounts of memory with just about every graphics knob cranked at 4K resolution. It almost certainly wouldn’t be something you’d have to be concerned about in most games soon, but the new version’s 12GB of GDDR6X absolutely alleviates any potential concerns. Nvidia also expanded the memory bus width in this product from 320-little bit to 384-little bit, which will help improve total memory bandwidth to 912GB/s, up from 760GB/s in the authentic.
Nvidia also tweaked the GPU configuration of the new 12GB RTX 3080, bumping the CUDA graphics main count from 8704 in the initial to 8960 now. That, merged with the upgraded memory, really should make the 12GB RTX 3080 just a wee little bit faster than the primary, nevertheless we would’ve most well-liked that Nvidia gave this card a a little bit distinct identify (like RTX 3080 Tremendous) supplied the tiny-but-essential GPU tweaks.
Really do not bother trying to hunt down a Founders Version variation of this graphics card. Nvidia explained to PCWorld to make contact with board distributors (like EVGA, Asus, MSI, et cetera) for more solution information—including pricing. Yes, Nvidia did not even slap an official MSRP on this undesirable boy. Gulp. The primary 10GB variation ostensibly retailed for $700 but is currently not possible to uncover in standard outlets, and is heading for $1,500 to $2000-plus on Ebay depending on the design. Many thanks to the ongoing GPU lack, do not anticipate this enhance to appear low cost.
Update: Yep, these are not low-cost. EVGA’s conventional 10GB RTX 3080 XC Ultra Gaming product expenditures $840 on the company’s internet site. The 12GB RTX 3080 XC Extremely Gaming prices $1,250—a $410 markup, and even extra than the non-Ultra version of the stage-up RTX 3080 Ti XC Gaming, which prices $1210. Very well, if any of them were in inventory, that is. Contemplating that mining desirability is mainly pushed by memory bandwidth, that isn’t actually surprising, even if it’s a little bit disheartening.
Even now, additional GPUs is much better than fewer GPUs. You may possibly not have recognized the 12GB RTX 3080’s start if you weren’t spending near attention—Nvidia did not launch any announcements or blog site posts, it only quietly up-to-date the RTX 3080 family’s spec web site and slipped mention of the GPU into its new driver release notes—but it’s below. We’ll test to get our fingers on a single for screening.