NVIDIA is said to have “reintroduced” the latest version of the GeForce RTX 4080 graphics card with 12GB of memory. In more familiar terms, the company changed its mind about the launch. At the same time, the manufacturer announced the date of the start of sales of the oldest version of the GeForce RTX 4080 with 16 GB of memory – November 16.
NVIDIA announced two versions of the GeForce RTX 4080 at an event on September 20, alongside the flagship GeForce RTX 4090, which is already on sale. So many noticed that GeForce RTX 4080 12GB differs from GeForce RTX 4080 16GB in more than just the amount of RAM. The older version is built on the AD103-300 GPU with 9728 CUDA cores, while the newer version gets the AD104-400 chip with 7680 CUDA cores. Of course, chips also differ in the number of other functional elements.
The difference is very significant, as recently published NVIDIA’s own tests also showed. The younger model is about 24-30% slower than the older one. Therefore, many users agreed that it would be much more honest to release the latest model under the name GeForce RTX 4070.
And NVIDIA decided to listen to the opinion of the public. The company announced that “the RTX 4080 12GB is a fantastic graphics card, but the name is wrong.” It was also noted that “having two 4080 graphics cards is confusing.” This suggests that the “unannounced” graphics card will eventually appear as the GeForce RTX 4070.