Nvidia Pressed the “unlaunch” Button on 12GB RTX 4080
Nvidia has delayed the release of its planned 12GB RTX 4080 graphics card. After initially announcing the 12GB RTX 4080 alongside a far more powerful 16GB variant last month, Nvidia now acknowledges that the labeling was improper. “The RTX 4080 12GB is a fantastic graphics card, but it’s not named right,” Nvidia writes on its blog. “Having two GPUs with the 4080 designation is confusing.”
Nvidia has paused the launch of the 12GB RTX 4080 variant but will still release the 16GB model on November 16th.
The decision of Nvidia to name the 12GB model as an RTX 4080 sparked outrage, especially given how different the 16GB model was. The RTX 4080 12GB was intended to start at $899 and have 7,680 CUDA Cores, a base clock of 2.31GHz that can be increased to 2.61GHz, 639 Tensor-TFLOPs, 92 RT-TFLOPs, with 40 Shader-TFLOPs. The 16GB RTX 4080 has 9,728 CUDA Cores, a base rate of 2.21GHz that can be increased to 2.51GHz, 780 Tensor-TFLOPs, 113 RT-TFLOPs, with 49 Shader-TFLOPs of power.
The 16GB will start at $1199, while the 12GB will start at $899. Furthermore, according to Hardware Times, the new 12GB 4080 only beat the 3080 model by 12% and was slower than the 3090 Ti. Due to the unlaunch, there will be no mid-range graphics card to accompany the 16GB 4080. No word around whether Nvidia would release its 12GB 4080 underneath a different title.