GeForce RTX 3080 12 GByte: Graphics card new edition will be significantly more expensive

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Nvidia presented a new version of the GeForce RTX 3080 without causing a stir. The name of the GeForce RTX 3080 12 GByte is the 2 GByte increased storage capacity, accompanied by 64 additional data lines and thus a transfer rate that has increased from 760 to 912 GByte / s.

But the GA102 graphics chip used also works a bit faster: Instead of 68, 70 shader multiprocessors (SMs) are active, which results in 8960 instead of 8704 shader cores. The number of ray tracing and tensor cores grows analogously. In addition Nvidia increases the specified power consumption from 320 to 350 watts, but mentions a constant boost clock frequency of 1710 MHz. The base clock even drops by 180 to 1260 MHz. Manufacturer cards traditionally increase the values ​​a little further – there is no Nvidia Founders Edition of the GeForce RTX 3080 12 GByte.

The bottom line is that you get 2 GB more memory with the GeForce RTX 3080, which also works faster, and a 3 percent increase in theoretical computing power than with the previous GeForce RTX 3080. In return, the price recommendation shoots up: In the absence of notification from Nvidia no official information – loud Golem Nvidia’s MSRP is said to be $ 1200. Manufacturers such as Asus and MSI add their own surcharges and recommend prices of more than 1500 euros.

Specifications Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 12 GB

graphic card

RTX 3080 Ti

RTX 3080 12 GByte

RTX 3080

Preis (UVP in US-Dollar ab Launch)

1199 USD

allegedly 1199 USD

699 USD

GPU: Ampere …

GA102

GA102

GA102

Transistors, manufacturing

28 billion, Samsung N8 (8 nm)

17.4 billion, Samsung N8 (8 nm)

17.4 billion, Samsung N8 (8 nm)

Shader multiprocessors / RT cores

80 / 80

70 / 70

68 / 68

Rechenkerne FP32 / Tensor

10240 / 320

8960 / 280

8704 / 272

Base / Boost Rate

1,37 / 1,67 GHz

1,26 / 1,71 GHz

1,44 / 1,71 GHz

Computing power (FP32) *

34,2 TFlops

30,67 TFlops

29,8 TFlops

Rasterendstufen

112

112

96

Storage amount / type

12 GByte GDDR6X

12 GByte GDDR6X

10 GByte GDDR6X

Storage interface / transfer rate

384 Bit / 912 GByte/s

384 Bit / 912 GByte/s

320 Bit / 760 GByte/s

Thermal Design Power

350 Watt

350 Watt

320 Watt

* with boost clock

This creates the impression of hidden price increases directly with the manufacturers. The original GeForce RTX 3080 appeared in September 2020, when the chip and component shortage was not as escalating as it is today. The RRP at the time: 700 US dollars or euros. Retailers have long outbid these recommendations, but with the new products the manufacturers are also increasingly making money from the high prices.

Officially, the GeForce RTX 3080 12 GB is an addition to Nvidia’s portfolio and not a replacement for the previous GeForce RTX 3080 (10 GB). It will be exciting, however, whether manufacturers will not be releasing more 12 GByte models into the market.


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