Nvidia officially reveals their RTX 3080 12GB graphics card - Full Specs Revealed

Here are the official specs - Is it better than a standard RTX 3080?

Nvidia officially reveals their RTX 3080 12GB graphics card - Full Specs Revealed

Nvidia's 12GB RTX 3080 has finally arrived - Here are the GPU's specifications

It's official, Nvidia has launched their RTX 3080 12GB graphics card, a new addition to their RTX 30 series family of products that arrives as an alternative to their original 10GB RTX 3080 model.

What's worth noting here is that Nvidia's RTX 3080 12GB is not replacing their original 10GB model. Both SKUs will remain available, with the RTX 3080 12GB will offer purchasers an extra option for those who desire more VRAM or memory bandwidth. 

By offering users 256 more CUDA cores, and the same boost clock speeds as a standard RTX 3080, Nvidia's new 12GB model will offer users a moderate boost in gaming performance. That said, and 2.9% increase in CUDA core count isn't huge. That said, workloads that require more than 10GB of VRAM or require additional memory bandwidth will benefit hugely from the RTX 3080 12GB's expanded frame buffer. 

With the RTX 3080 12GB, memory bandwidth increases by 20% from 760 GB/s to 912 GB/s given the RTX 3080 12GB's use of 20% more VRAM chips and a large 384-bit frame buffer. Since cryptocurrency mining performance on modern GPUs mostly scales with memory bandwidth, Nvidia's RTX 3080 12GB should offer users the same, or similar, mining performance as an RTX 3080 Ti.

Nvidia officially reveals their RTX 3080 12GB graphics card - Full Specs Revealed

Drivers - Why there are no launch day reviews

Drivers for Nvidia's RTX 3080 12GB are available starting today (from here), though it is worth noting that Nvidia did not provide these drivers to the press ahead of the graphics card's official launch. This has prevented any reviews for Nvidia's RTX 3080 12GB from being written before the graphics card's launch.

Nvidia gave RTX 3080 12GB drivers to consumers and reviewers at the same time, and you can guess the reasons why. 

 RTX 3080 (10GB)RTX 3080 (12GB)RTX 3080 TiRTX 3090
GPU Clusters68708082
CUDA Cores870489601024010496
RT Cores68708082
Tensor Cores272280320328
Base Clock1440 MHz1260 MHz1365 MHz1395 MHz
Boost Clock1710 MHz1710 MHz1665 MHz1695 MHz
Memory (GDDR6X)10 GB 12 GB12 GB 24 GB 
Memory Speed19 Gbps19 Gbps19 Gbps19.5 Gbps
Memory Bus320-bit384-bit384-bit384-bit
Bandwidth760 GB/s912 GB/s912 GB/s936 GB/s
MSRP (Founders Edition)$699???$1,199$1,499


We hope to test Nvidia's new RTX 3080 12GB graphics card over the coming days. After out testing is complete, we will write reviews for the RTX 3080 Ti graphics cards that we have access to. Currently, Nvidia has released no MSRP pricing for their RTX 3080 12GB graphics card, and has not revealed a Founders Edition model of the card.

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