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Nvidia to reveal the 12GB RTX 3080 on January 11

One for the post-CES comedown

Updated: Jan 10, 2022 9:56 am
RTX 3080

The heavily rumored RTX 3080 12GB is something that we’ve heard some whispers about for a while now, with its showing at CES 2022 reportedly canceled and delayed until later, alongside a revised 16GB RTX 3070Ti, but it seems like the green giant’s gears are spinning up once again, according to Wccftech. We’ve seen this rumor of more GDDR6X RAM on the 3080 for a while now, and it seems like a given for those who will be wanting to push their framerates higher at higher resolutions.

Many games that are configured to run at sub-4k do not often manage to hit the limit of with the VRAM usage, so this card would be focused on those gamers who might be looking to push into higher resolutions or are using development tools that eat up a huge amount of RAM, which is more common than many might think. Regardless, it’s good to see another card from Nvidia. But for consumers, this means that alongside a 3080Ti, and standard 3080 we will soon have two additional SKUs of 3080 that will certainly not be hitting the golden $649 MSRP mark. So, are these card variations just an excuse for Nvidia to bump up their MSRP in order to sell less, or silently retire the original RTX 3080.

Regardless, according to some leaked specifications sourced from Videocardz, we could be seeing this GA102-based chip sooner than we originally expected.

RTX 3080 12GB vs RTX 3080 vs RTX 3080Ti Specifications

GPURTX 3080 10GBRTX 3080 12GBRTX 3080Ti
GPU Clusters687080
CUDA Cores8704896010240
RT Cores687080
Base Clock1440 MHzUnknown1365MHz
Boost Clock1710 MHzUnknown1665MHz
Release DateSeptember 17, 2020January 11, 2022June 13, 2021

We will still have to see what comes from any announcements tomorrow, as it could still have easily been delayed. However, we will be looking out for any news on the horizon from Nvidia themselves, in addition to where you might be able to purchase an RTX 3080 12GB as soon as they go live. Regardless of the price that it ends up at, it’s sure to be a really hot card regardless of if the price is going to be nearer to the RTX 3080 than the 3080. We predict the MSRP of this card to be around the $799-$899 mark, as it sits right between the 3080 and the 3080Ti. However, those GDDR6X chips do not come cheap, so you will have to ultimately pay for them in your new system or in a prebuilt PC.

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