Nvidia cancels its RTX 4080 12GB - 16GB Model Still on Track
Will the RTX 4080 12GB become an RTX 4070?
Published: 14th October 2022 | Source: Nvidia |
Nvidia's "unlaunching" their RTX 4080 12GB
It's official, Nvidia's RTX 4080 12GB naming scheme was a bad idea. Even Nvidia admits it now as the hit the "unlaunch" button for the unreleased graphics card. Now, Nvidia only plans to launch their RTX 4080 as a 16GB graphics card, making their RTX 40 series naming scheme a little easier to understand.
Nvidia's RTX 4080 12GB and 16GB has very different hardware configurations, so much so that both GPUs didn't use the same silicon. The 16GB model didn't just have 33% more VRAM and memory bandwidth, it was also packed with many more CUDA cores and had a lot more raw computational horsepower.
As of now, Nvidia are no longer launching their RTX 4080 12GB, shelfing the unreleased GPU. Maybe Nvidia now plans to release this card as an RTX 4070, Nvidia has not commented on the future of their RTX 4080 12GB SKU.
Below is what Nvidia had to say about their RTX 4080 12GB "unlaunch".
The RTX 4080 12GB is a fantastic graphics card, but it’s not named right. Having two GPUs with the 4080 designation is confusing.
So, we’re pressing the “unlaunch” button on the 4080 12GB. The RTX 4080 16GB is amazing and on track to delight gamers everywhere on November 16th.
If the lines around the block and enthusiasm for the 4090 is any indication, the reception for the 4080 will be awesome.
The RTX 4080 12GB wasn't a real RTX 4080
If you look at the chart below, which was supplied by Nvidia, you will see that Nvidia's RTX 4080 12GB is much slower than the GPU's 16GB model. The performance gap between these GPUs is so large that many PC enthusiasts have called Nvidia's RTX 4080 an RTX 4070, or simply complained about how both of these GPUs are being marketed under the RTX 4080 banner.
GPU names should mean something, and it obvious why many people see Nvidia's RTX 4080 12GB name as misleading. It is not close to being as powerful as and RTX 4080 16GB, making the GPU's branding feel wrong to most analysts. Thankfully, Nvidia has listened to its customers and have decided to change things.
Will Nvidia's RTX 4080 12GB become an RTX 4070?
The simple answer to the question above is that we don't know. Nvidia could turn their RTX 4080 12GB into their RTX 4070, or their RTX 4070 Ti. Maybe it could be an RTX 4750? Nvidia hasn't commented on this yet, and it is possible that Nvidia is waiting until AMD's RDNA 3 GPU reveal before showing their hand.
Right now, all we know is that Nvidia will be releasing their RTX 4080 16GB on November 16th.