NVIDIA reportedly resumes production of GeForce RTX 3080 12GB GPUs after it stopped 2 months ago

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:

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)
GPU GA102-350 GA102-300 GA102-225 GA102-220 GA102-200
GPU clusters
RT cores
Basic clock
Boost clock
Memory clock
MSRP Not announced
Publication date January 2022 September 24, 2020 June 3, 2021 January 2022 September 17, 2020

Source: MEGA formatGPU

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