Note: this post is tagged as a rumor.
NVIDIA makes RTX 3080 12GB again
A hardware leaker with good contacts with board partners claims that NVIDIA is now producing RTX 3080 12GB SKU again after it was discontinued two months ago.
The RTX 3080 12GB was one of the latest models released in January this year. This card was a cosmetic upgrade over the original 10 GB model, but was a necessary upgrade to the GA102 GPU at the time. The RTX 3090 series was simply too expensive.
Fast forward to August of this year, NVIDIA is facing a huge inventory problem with the RTX 30 series, there are simply too many cards to sell and too few customers interested in buying a high-end card, only 2 months away from the launch of the next generation.
But as NVIDIA produces more RTX 3090 cards with a nearly full GA102 GPU, the company is also getting partially disabled GPUs, which may end up in SKUs like RTX 3080 Ti or RTX 3080 10/12GB models. According to MEGAsizeGPU, NVIDIA has just started making RTX 3080 12GB cards again. The reason would presumably be the huge stock of GA102 GPUs:
Because there is too much stock of GA102, Nvidia has resumed delivery of 3080 12G.
The 3080 12G has just been out of production for less than two months and has recently resumed production quickly.
— MEGAsizeGPU (@Zed__Wang) August 14, 2022
NVIDIA can make RTX 3080 12GB cards whether the GA102 inventory has enough suitable chips or not. We’ve seen this many times when the company used its more expensive GPUs on other models, just to continue producing more affordable SKUs. This could lead to lower profits, but NVIDIA will somehow get rid of the GA102 stock.
The RTX 3080 12GB has 8960 CUDA cores (+256 compared to the original), a larger memory size up to 12GB and a wider 320-bit memory bus. Interestingly, NVIDIA never announced the suggested retail price for this card.
|NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 High-end SKU Specifications|
|VideoCardz||RTX 3090 Ti||RTX3090||RTX 3080 Ti||RTX 3080 12GB||RTX3080 (10GB)|
|Publication date||January 2022||September 24, 2020||June 3, 2021||January 2022||September 17, 2020|
Source: MEGA formatGPU