Nvidia only revealed the GeForce RTX 3050 and RTX 3090 Ti during its CES 2022 keynote last week, but that’s not all the company had up its sleeve. On Tuesday morning, Nvidia quietly and surprisingly launched a new 12GB version of the GeForce RTX 3080, which fixes our biggest (albeit minor) gripes with the otherwise stellar graphics card.
The 10GB of VRAM on the original RTX 3080 felt somewhat lacking right out of the gate, like games Apocalypse There’s already a huge amount of memory to be chewed on with each graphics knob cranked up to 4K resolution. It probably won’t be something you’ll have to worry about in most games anytime soon, but the new version’s 12GB GDDR6X completely removes any potential concerns. Nvidia has increased the memory bus width in this model from 320-bit to 384-bit, which helps increase the total memory bandwidth to 912GB/s, up from 760GB/s in the original.
Nvidia also changed the GPU configuration of the new 12GB RTX 3080, increasing the number of CUDA graphics cores from the original 8704 to now 8960. That, along with the upgraded memory, should make the 12GB RTX 3080 slightly faster than the original, though we’d prefer that Nvidia named this card a slightly different one (like the RTX 3080 Super) with small-but-key GPU tweaks. .
Don’t bother trying to find the Founders Edition version of this graphics card. Nvidia told PCWorld to contact board vendors (such as EVGA, Asus, MSI, and so on) for more product information—including pricing. Yep, Nvidia didn’t even slap the official MSRP on this bad boy. Fiction. The original 10GB version was apparently retailed for $700, but is currently impossible to find in traditional stores, and is going for $1,500 to $2000-plus on eBay, depending on the model. Thanks to the ongoing GPU crunch, don’t expect this upgrade to come cheap.
Updates: Yes, they are not cheap. EVGA’s standard 10GB RTX 3080 XC Ultra gaming model costs $840 on the company’s website. The 12GB RTX 3080 XC Ultra Gaming costs a $1,250—$410 markup, and is even higher than the non-Ultra version of the step-up RTX 3080 Ti XC Gaming, which costs $1,210. Well, if any of them were in stock, ie. Given that mining desirability is largely driven by memory bandwidth, this isn’t really surprising, albeit a bit disappointing.
Still, more GPU is better than less GPU. If you weren’t paying close attention you might not have noticed the launch of the 12GB RTX 3080 – Nvidia hasn’t released an announcement or blog post, it only quietly updated the RTX 3080 family’s spec page and mentions the GPU. Turned in my new driver. Issue note—but here it is. We’ll try to get our hands on one for testing.