Nvidia has decided against launching a slightly less powerful variant of its RTX 4080 16GB graphics card. Taking the lead of what critics have been stating, Nvidia has decided to “unlaunch” the 4080 12GB Graphics card.
In a blog post, Nvidia said the following: “The RTX 4080 12GB is a fantastic graphics card, but it’s not named right. So, we’re pressing the ‘unlaunch’ button on the 4080 12GB,”
It’s quite likely that we will see the graphics card rebranded under another name, perhaps the RTX 4070, but for now, it’s up to the marketing team to decide what name of the hardware will go by. As for the RTX 4080 16GB, the graphics card is still on track to delight gamers everywhere on November 16th.
The following table provided by Mybroadband.co.za shows the differences in specs between the two graphics cards. The RTX 4080 12GB and 16GB models have different Cuda core counts, clock speeds, memory interface widths, and TDPs. There’s also a $400 price difference between the two.
|Original RTX 4080 series|
|GeForce RTX 4080 12GB||GeForce RTX 4080 16GB|
|Base/boost clock speed||2.31/2.61GHz||2.21/2.51GHz|
|Video memory||12GB GDDR6X||16GB GDDR6X|
|Memory interface with||192-bit||256-bit|
The RTX 4080 belongs to Nvidia’s brand new RTX 40-Series lineup. The RTX 4080 16GB is being released alongside the RTX 4090 the graphics cards will make use of the new Ada Lovelace architecture, which is twice as fast in rasterization and four times faster in ray tracing than the previous generation’s Ampere architecture.
For those of you interested in getting your hands on an RTX 4090, Cyberpunk 2077 in collaboration with Nvidia has launched a raffle giving gamers the chance of snagging one of 3 limited-edition graphics cards, valued at $ 1,809. CD Projekt RED slipped in a clue on the Cyberpunk 2077 Twitter page. If you can figure it out and complete the task, you get your chance to be part of the raffle for it.