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

Nvidia only just discovered the GeForce RTX 3050 and RTX 3090 Ti during its CES 2022 keynote previous week, but that wasn’t all the company had up its sleeve. On Tuesday morning, Nvidia quietly and amazingly released a new 12GB variation of GeForce RTX 3080 that fixes our greatest (albeit slight) gripe with an normally stellar graphics card.

The 10GB of VRAM on the original RTX 3080 felt considerably missing appropriate out of the gate, as video games like Doom already chew up huge quantities of memory with every single graphics knob cranked at 4K resolution. It probably wouldn’t be one thing you’d have to get worried about in most online games quickly, but the new version’s 12GB of GDDR6X totally alleviates any opportunity considerations. Nvidia also expanded the memory bus width in this model from 320-bit to 384-little bit, which can help raise over-all memory bandwidth to 912GB/s, up from 760GB/s in the initial.

Nvidia also tweaked the GPU configuration of the new 12GB RTX 3080, bumping the CUDA graphics main rely from 8704 in the unique to 8960 now. That, blended with the upgraded memory, should make the 12GB RTX 3080 just a wee little bit speedier than the unique, although we would’ve most popular that Nvidia gave this card a a little distinctive name (like RTX 3080 Super) presented the small-but-important GPU tweaks.

Don’t trouble making an attempt to hunt down a Founders Version model of this graphics card. Nvidia informed PCWorld to call board vendors (like EVGA, Asus, MSI, et cetera) for additional item information—including pricing. Indeed, Nvidia did not even slap an formal MSRP on this bad boy. Gulp. The unique 10GB variation ostensibly retailed for $700 but is presently unachievable to uncover in classic shops, and is heading for $1,five hundred to $2000-furthermore on Ebay based on the product. Many thanks to the ongoing GPU lack, don’t expect this up grade to arrive cheap.

Update: Yep, these aren’t low-priced. EVGA’s normal 10GB RTX 3080 XC Ultra Gaming model expenses $840 on the company’s web-site. The 12GB RTX 3080 XC Ultra Gaming expenditures $one,250—a $410 markup, and even more than the non-Extremely version of the action-up RTX 3080 Ti XC Gaming, which charges $1210. Very well, if any of them have been in inventory, that is. Looking at that mining desirability is mostly pushed by memory bandwidth, that is not really stunning, even if it’s a bit disheartening.

Nonetheless, much more GPUs is greater than much less GPUs. You may possibly not have observed the 12GB RTX 3080’s launch if you weren’t spending shut attention—Nvidia did not release any bulletins or blog posts, it only quietly current the RTX 3080 family’s spec web page and slipped mention of the GPU into its new driver launch notes—but it is right here. We’ll check out to get our fingers on a single for testing.