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Nvidia’s 12GB GeForce RTX 3080 packs a bigger GPU and…

Nvidia only just disclosed the GeForce RTX 3050 and RTX 3090 Ti all through its CES 2022 keynote past week, but that wasn’t all the organization had up its sleeve. On Tuesday early morning, Nvidia quietly and surprisingly launched a new 12GB edition of GeForce RTX 3080 that fixes our biggest (albeit minimal) gripe with an otherwise stellar graphics card.

The 10GB of VRAM on the original RTX 3080 felt somewhat lacking ideal out of the gate, as video games like Doom now chew up enormous amounts of memory with each individual graphics knob cranked at 4K resolution. It most likely would not be anything you’d have to worry about in most online games soon, but the new version’s 12GB of GDDR6X fully alleviates any opportunity issues. Nvidia also expanded the memory bus width in this model from 320-little bit to 384-little bit, which will help improve all round memory bandwidth to 912GB/s, up from 760GB/s in the original.

Nvidia also tweaked the GPU configuration of the new 12GB RTX 3080, bumping the CUDA graphics core depend from 8704 in the primary to 8960 now. That, blended with the upgraded memory, should really make the 12GB RTX 3080 just a wee bit speedier than the unique, though we would’ve most well-liked that Nvidia gave this card a slightly distinct identify (like RTX 3080 Super) presented the compact-but-key GPU tweaks.

Really do not trouble making an attempt to hunt down a Founders Version variation of this graphics card. Nvidia instructed PCWorld to contact board vendors (like EVGA, Asus, MSI, et cetera) for a lot more product or service information—including pricing. Sure, Nvidia did not even slap an official MSRP on this negative boy. Gulp. The original 10GB version ostensibly retailed for $seven-hundred but is presently extremely hard to uncover in standard outlets, and is going for $one,500 to $2000-plus on Ebay relying on the model. Many thanks to the ongoing GPU scarcity, never hope this enhance to arrive inexpensive.

Update: Yep, these aren’t low cost. EVGA’s regular 10GB RTX 3080 XC Extremely Gaming product prices $840 on the company’s web page. The 12GB RTX 3080 XC Extremely Gaming costs $1,250—a $410 markup, and even extra than the non-Extremely version of the move-up RTX 3080 Ti XC Gaming, which expenditures $1210. Perfectly, if any of them have been in inventory, that is. Contemplating that mining desirability is mainly pushed by memory bandwidth, that isn’t genuinely shocking, even if it’s a little bit disheartening.

However, far more GPUs is better than fewer GPUs. You might not have noticed the 12GB RTX 3080’s launch if you weren’t paying shut attention—Nvidia did not launch any bulletins or site posts, it only quietly current the RTX 3080 family’s spec web page and slipped mention of the GPU into its new driver release notes—but it is here. We’ll try out to get our hands on 1 for testing.