NVIDIA this morning is quietly including to its menagerie of high-end video playing cards with a 3rd model of the GeForce RTX 3080, the simply-named GeForce RTX 3080 12GB. Simply because the identify says on the tin, this newest GeForce card is kind of a model of the present RTX 3080 with 12GB of reminiscence, and the extra capability and reminiscence bandwidth advantages that come from that. This newest video card launch is comparatively subdued launch for the corporate, and NVIDIA just isn’t making a lot fanfare for the brand new card – nor are they asserting a worth for it.
The third member of the RTX 3080 household comes because the cryptocurrency-driven GPU scarcity has formally entered its second yr. NVIDIA and its companions are promoting each card they will make, and in consequence conventional product stack logic has gone flying out the window at 360 fps. As an alternative, NVIDIA (and AMD) are left optimizing their product stacks to greatest match that insatiable demand, together with getting each useable chip in a card and in the marketplace. And even with NVIDIA having switched its non-3090 playing cards to Ethereum hashrate nerfed LHR variations over half a yr in the past, there’s no speedy signal that the heavy demand for video playing cards will wind down any time quickly.
Consequently, NVIDIA isn’t saying a lot concerning the new RTX 3080 SKU, primarily as a result of they don’t have to. Which to make certain isn’t a criticism of NVIDIA, however it’s a signal of the instances. Formally the cardboard exists for high-end gaming, however NVIDIA isn’t bothering to place collectively any form of promotional marketing campaign outlining the advantages of the cardboard, or why they thought it essential to introduce a 12GB SKU now, and many others. Even the announcement of the cardboard itself was buried in an announcement about DLSS assist for a port of a Ps 4 sport (God of Battle). Merely put, the GeForce RTX 3080 12GB now exists, and for proper now that’s sufficient for NVIDIA.
|NVIDIA GeForce Specification Comparability|
|RTX 3080 Ti||RTX 3080 12GB||RTX 3080 10GB||RTX 3070 Ti|
|Reminiscence Clock||19Gbps GDDR6X||19Gbps GDDR6X||19Gbps GDDR6X||19Gbps GDDR6X|
|Reminiscence Bus Width||384-bit||384-bit||320-bit||256-bit|
|Single Precision Perf.||34.1 TFLOPS||30.6 TFLOPS||29.8 TFLOPS||21.7 TFLOPS|
|Tensor Perf. (FP16)||136 TFLOPS||122 TFLOPS||119 TFLOPS||87 TFLOPS|
|Tensor Perf. (FP16-Sparse)||273 TFLOPS||244 TFLOPS||238 TFLOPS||174 TFLOPS|
|Manufacturing Course of||Samsung 8nm||Samsung 8nm||Samsung 8nm||Samsung 8nm|
|Launch Worth||MSRP: $1199||MSRP: [undefined]||MSRP: $699||MSRP: $599|
So what does the newest RTX 3080 SKU deliver to the desk in comparison with the 10GB RTX 3080 basic? The excessive level is after all the reminiscence capability, however there are literally just a few various things occurring right here.
On the GPU entrance, NVIDIA is definitely utilizing a barely higher model of their venerable GA102 GPU, which now could be used throughout 5 completely different desktop video playing cards. The model of the GA102 used right here has a slight improve within the variety of SMs enabled versus the OG RTX 3080, with 70 SMs versus 68 on the unique card. Clockspeeds have additionally modified a bit; whereas the official enhance clock ranking continues to be 1.71GHz, the bottom clockspeed for the brand new SKU is 1.26GBz, 180MHz beneath the extra fundamental 3080. In the end this appears to be a perform of TDP, as the extra reminiscence and extra transistors being lit up on the GPU will improve the facility wants of the cardboard, particularly in a maximum-load state of affairs.
As for the reminiscence, the rise to 12GB of GDDR6X comes with an identical improve within the width of the reminiscence bus. The RTX 3080 12GB sees GA102’s full 384-bit reminiscence bus enabled, reflecting the addition of two extra GDDR6X reminiscence chips (64-bits) to the reminiscence bus, bringing the overall to 12 chips/384-bits. In accordance with NVIDIA’s specs, they’re utilizing the identical 19Gbps GDDR6X chips right here as on the basic RTX 3080, so reminiscence clockspeeds have neither been dialed up or dialed down. So the enlargement of the reminiscence bus brings with it each a further 2GB of VRAM – which is able to come in useful at 4K – in addition to a 20% improve in reminiscence bandwidth. In comparison with the 10GB RTX 3080 and its 760GB/second of reminiscence bandwidth, the 12GB RTX 3080 presents 912GB/second of bandwidth.
However to pay the invoice for all of this, so-to-speak, the TDP of the newer 12GB SKU can be greater than the 10GB playing cards. Right here NVIDIA’s official/minimal TDP has gone from 320W to 350W, a 9% improve. And as we famous earlier than, even with this TDP improve, the minimal/base clockspeed nonetheless wanted to be turned down a bit. This provides the RTX 3080 12GB the identical official TDP scores as each the RTX 3080 Ti and RTX 3090, and if these values are correct, then it implies that the brand new card can have the bottom power effectivity out of all of them.
Talking of the RTX 3080 Ti, the configuration of the brand new card instantly raises the query of what to anticipate when it comes to efficiency versus NVIDIA’s greatest 3080 card – itself primarily a barely cheaper RTX 3090. The RTX 3080 Ti was about 10% quicker than the unique RTX 3080, and whereas benchmarks shall be wanted to attract actual figures, I anticipate the RTX 3080 12GB to primarily break up the distinction. That will put it round 5% quicker than the OG card, and the RTX 3080 Ti about 5% quicker than that. However together with underscoring the truth that that is an estimate, it needs to be famous that the distinction will differ from sport to sport, and that video games which might be particularly bandwidth delicate have probably the most to achieve, significantly at 4K.
Sadly, pricing received’t supply a lot of a information right here. Seeing as how NVIDIA isn’t even promoting an Founder’s Version of the cardboard, they’re not offering an official MSRP – and it’s not as if the irrational market would observe it anyhow. The very best steerage we’ve proper now could be taking a look at what NVIDIA’s board companions are charging/attempting to cost for his or her playing cards. And in that case, the most affordable RTX 3080 12GB being listed this morning is an EVGA mannequin at $1249. That’s $50 over the RTX 3080 Ti MSRP and $40 over their very own most cost-effective RTX 3080 Ti, but in addition typically a few hundred beneath the remainder of their RTX 3080 Ti lineup.
At greatest, it’s truthful to say that the RTX 3080 12GB is unlikely to be priced a lot otherwise than the RTX 3080 Ti. Which shouldn’t be too shocking since a lot of the present crypto ecosystem relies round reminiscence bandwidth, and the 2 playing cards are equivalent in that respect. Although even in a gaming context, the RTX 3080 12GB could be very more likely to be inside just a few % of the RTX 3080 Ti. Put one other method, don’t anticipate to pay lower than $1200 for the RTX 3080 12GB, even when you will get it at producer (versus market) costs. In any other case the extra constructive information, at the least, is that even following the launch of the brand new card, in accordance with NVIDIA the RTX 3080 basic is not going away; so it would nonetheless be produced for the patron market.
Wrapping issues up, anticipate to see playing cards within the coming days and weeks from the standard suspects, together with EVGA, Zotac, ASUS, Gigabyte, and MSI. NVIDIA just isn’t asserting a tough availability date, so given the continuing GPU scarcity, we anticipate to see playing cards slowly filter into the market, after which go away it nearly instantly. Completely satisfied looking!