It is reported that Nvidia will launch the GeForce RTX 3080 12GB at 6 am PST on January 11, pre-orders or sales will be on the same day as the launch, though pricing is unclear for now.
VideoCardz has exposed the first photos of Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 12GB graphics card, model number EVGA RTX 3080 12GB FTW3 Ultra, which is EVGA’s upcoming high-end graphics card. Compared with the existing GeForce RTX 3080, the GDDR6X memory used in the GeForce RTX 3080 12GB version increases the capacity by 2GB, which means that the memory bit width may be increased from 320 bits to 384 bits. In addition, the number of SMs may be increased to 70 units, which will be equipped with 8960 CUDA cores, and the TDP will also be increased to 350W.
Similar to the previous GeForce RTX 2060 12GB, Nvidia chose a more low-key approach to launch the GeForce RTX 3080 12GB. There are currently six models each involving the GA104 and GA102 cores on consumer desktop platforms. NVIDIA seems to choose to optimize the memory configuration on newer GPUs and is more concerned about the increase in memory capacity or speed. Since the product line is too cumbersome and the positioning is relatively close, it is not clear whether NVIDIA will choose to stop some models, such as the original GeForce RTX 3080, in order to simplify the product line of Ampere-based GPUs.