On October 15th, NVIDIA announced today in a short article on its official website that it has cancelled the launch of the previously planned GeForce RTX 4080 12GB graphics card. As the lowest-end product in the RTX 40 series of graphics cards, the RTX 4080 12GB has attracted a lot of criticism since it was announced, because it does not use the same GPU as the 16GB version, and is only equipped with 192bit bit-wide video memory. Seemingly bowing to the pressure of these criticisms, Nvidia has removed the card from its RTX 40-series lineup and cancelled its November availability.
According to Nvidia,
“The RTX 4080 12GB is a very good graphics card, but it has the wrong name. The 4080 with two GPUs is confusing. So we hit the ‘cancel’ button with the 4080 12GB. RTX 4080 16GB It’s amazing, and promises to surprise players everywhere on November 16.”
At present, NVIDIA has not provided any further details about the future plans for this graphics card, although it is speculated that NVIDIA may change its name in the future. Maybe it might be called 4060 or 4070, who knows!
Take a look at the comparison of the specs of the two graphics cards above, and it’s not hard to see why Nvidia’s core enthusiasts are unhappy. While the two RTX 4080 graphics cards share a common architecture, they don’t use the same GPU, which means there’s a huge difference in performance between both of them.
The RTX 4080 12GB is based on the smaller AD104 GPU, not the 16GB version of the AD103 GPU, resulting in the 12GB version offering only about 82% of the former’s shader/tensor throughput and only 70% of the memory bandwidth which gives a massive performance gap. The gap is also confirmed by the official data from NVIDIA.
We have learned that the NVIDIA RTX 4080 graphics card will only be launched now in a version with 16GB of video memory, and the suggested retail price is expected to be around 1.1 Lakh INR.
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