Based on a report by Bodnara, Nvidia’s Korea CEO Kim Seung-gyu additional defined why the corporate canceled the GeForce RTX 4080 12GB. In brief, Kim Seung-gyu stated that the identify of the RTX 4080 12GB was “complicated” in comparison with the RTX 4080 16GB, as a result of the latter supplied considerably extra efficiency. Seung-gyu defined that Nvidia usually names the GPUs in order that the mannequin identify can be utilized to foretell efficiency, however the massive distinction in efficiency between the 2 4080 fashions would confuse clients.
Nvidia’s official USA announcement wasn’t fairly so clear, boiling all the way down to a single sentence that stated the designation was complicated with none rationalization of the rationale behind the choice.
It is noteworthy that the cancellation could possibly be self-serving: The 4080 cancellation apparently raises the entry-level pricing of the 4000-series to $1,200, and there’s no indication when a lower-priced different will come to market. That ensures a high-priced level of entry, and also will push many purchasers to Ampere playing cards, serving to rid the corporate of its oversupply of these fashions. Nvidia not too long ago wrote off $1.32 billion for extra Ampere stock and associated reserves (opens in new tab).
To recap, Nvidia completely killed off the RTX 4080 12GB SKU seven days in the past, admitting that the cardboard’s identify was complicated. There have been additionally extreme variations in specs and efficiency between the 12GB and 16GB fashions. Nvidia’s personal testing confirmed this, with the 4080 12GB and 16GB that includes a whopping 30% efficiency disparity between the 2 SKUs.
Clearly, there was way over only a reminiscence capability distinction. The “unlaunched” 4080 12GB used a special chip, AD104, with 7680 CUDA cores and 60 Streaming Multiprocessors (SMs), in comparison with the 4080 16GB utilizing AD103 with 9728 CUDA cores and 76 SMs. The reminiscence was additionally clocked increased on the 16GB card, indicating it is nearly actually utilizing Micron’s 24Gbps GDDR6X chips.
Nvidia hasn’t introduced a substitute plan for the RTX 4080 12GB, however we do know that AIB accomplice variations of the RTX 4080 12GB had been already created and Nvidia can be “refunding” these companions — presumably for the packaging, which should change. Nvidia will finally create a brand new identify for these “ex-RTX 4080 12GB” playing cards, seemingly ahead of later. We count on the core design will finally present up as an RTX 4070 or RTX 4070 Ti, although Nvidia could change the specs barely to keep away from accusations of merely rebranding what was at all times speculated to be a 4070 GPU.
You possibly can learn extra concerning the Nvidia Ada Structure, the place we nonetheless have full specs on the “unlaunched” RTX 4080 12GB. The GeForce RTX 4090 in the meantime has taken the highest spot on our GPU benchmarks hierarchy and now ranks because the quickest of the finest graphics playing cards. Hopefully the substitute for the 4080 12GB will get a worth lower commensurate with the loss in efficiency and options when it reappears.