NVIDIA Scrubs GeForce RTX 4080 12GB Launch; 16GB To Be Sole RTX 4080 Card

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In a brief submit printed on NVIDIA’s web site immediately, the corporate has introduced that it’s “unlaunching” their deliberate GeForce RTX 4080 12GB card. The bottom-end of the initially announce RTX 40 collection playing cards, the RTX 4080 12GB had attracted important criticism because it’s announcement for bifurcating the 4080 tier between two playing cards that didn’t even share a standard GPU. Seemingly bowing to the strain of these complaints, NVIDIA has eliminated the cardboard from their RTX 40 collection lineup, in addition to cancelling its November launch.

NVIDIA’s brief message reads as follows:

The RTX 4080 12GB is a unbelievable graphics card, nevertheless it’s not named proper. Having two GPUs with the 4080 designation is complicated.

So, we’re urgent the “unlaunch” button on the 4080 12GB. The RTX 4080 16GB is superb and on observe to thrill players all over the place on November sixteenth.

If the traces across the block and enthusiasm for the 4090 is any indication, the reception for the 4080 might be superior.

NVIDIA shouldn’t be offering any additional particulars about their future plans for the AD104-based video card right now. Nevertheless given the circumstances, it’s an affordable assumption proper now that NVIDIA now intends to launch it at a later time, with a unique half quantity.

NVIDIA GeForce Specification Comparability
  RTX 4090 RTX 4080 16GB RTX 4080 12GB

CUDA Cores 16384 9728 7680
ROPs 176 112 80
Enhance Clock 2520MHz 2505MHz 2610MHz
Reminiscence Clock 21Gbps GDDR6X 22.4Gbps GDDR6X 21Gbps GDDR6X
Reminiscence Bus Width 384-bit 256-bit 192-bit
Single Precision Perf. 82.6 TFLOPS 48.7 TFLOPS 40.1 TFLOPS
Tensor Perf. (FP16) 330 TFLOPS 195 TFLOPS 160 TFLOPS
Tensor Perf. (FP8) 660 TFLOPS 390 TFLOPS 321 TFLOPS
TDP 450W 320W 285W
L2 Cache 72MB 64MB 48MB
GPU AD102 AD103 AD104
Transistor Depend 76.3B 45.9B 35.8B
Structure Ada Lovelace Ada Lovelace Ada Lovelace
Manufacturing Course of TSMC 4N TSMC 4N TSMC 4N
Launch Date 10/12/2022 11/16/2022 By no means
Launch Worth MSRP: $1599 MSRP: $1199 Was: $899

Looking on the specs of the playing cards, it’s straightforward to see why NVIDIA’s core base of fanatic players weren’t amused. Whereas each RTX 4080 components shared a standard structure, they didn’t share a standard GPU. Or, for that matter, frequent efficiency.

The RTX 4080 12GB, because it was, would have been primarily based on the smaller AD104 GPU, quite than the AD103 GPU used for the 16GB mannequin. In follow, this could have brought on the 12GB mannequin to ship solely about 82% of the previous’s shader/tensor throughput, and simply 70% of the reminiscence bandwidth. A large efficiency hole that NVIDIA’s personal figures forward of the launch have all however confirmed.

NVIDIA, for its half, is not any stranger to overloading a product line on this style, with similarly-named components delivering unequal efficiency and the distinction denoted solely by their VRAM capability. This was a follow that began with the GTX 1060 series, and continued with the RTX 3080 series. Nevertheless, the efficiency hole between the RTX 4080 components was far bigger than something NVIDIA has beforehand carried out, bringing a great deal extra consideration to the issues that come from having such disparate components sharing a standard product title.

Of equal criticism has been NVIDIA’s choice to promote an AD104 half as an RTX 4080 card to start with. Historically in NVIDIA’s product stack, the following card under the xx80 card is a few type of xx70 card. And whereas video card names and GPU identifiers are basically arbitrary, NVIDIA’s early efficiency figures painted an image of a card that may have carried out loads just like the type of card most individuals would count on from the RTX 4070 – delivering efficiency upwards of 20% (or extra) behind the higher RTX 4080, and on-par with the last-generation flagship, the RTX 3090 Ti. In different phrases, there was quite a lot of suspicion throughout the fanatic neighborhood that NVIDIA was making an attempt to promote what in any other case would have been the RTX 4070 as an RTX 4080, whereas carrying the next value to match.

In any case, these plans at the moment are formally scuttled. No matter NVIDIA has deliberate for his or her AD104-based RTX 40 collection card is one thing solely the corporate is aware of right now. In the meantime come November 16th when the RTX 4080 collection launches, the 16GB AD103-based playing cards would be the solely choices obtainable, with costs beginning at $1199.

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