During CES 2022, Nvidia unveiled a few new graphics cards at their presentation, mostly notably the RTX 3090 Ti, AKA the ‘BFGPU’, as well as the entry-level RTX 3050. However, the full specs of the RTX 3080 12GB and the RTX 3070 Ti 16GB were not yet revealed, but thankfully Nvidia has now confirmed the former.
We still don’t know a price unfortunately, which could be a dealbreaker for many, especially considering the current state of the GPU market right now. But how does the RTX 3080 12GB version hold up against the base RTX 3080 as well as the higher-tier RTX 3080 Ti? Check out the RTX 3080 12GB full specs below:
RTX 3080 12GB full specs
|GPU||Base Clock (GHz)||Boost Clock (GHz)||CUDA cores||Memory type||Memory (GB)||TDP (W)||Price (USD)||Release date|
|RTX 3080 Ti||1.37||1.67||10240||GDDR6X||12||350W||$1199||Jun 3rd 2021|
|RTX 3080 12GB||1.26||1.71||8960||-||-|
|RTX 3080||1.44||8704||10||320W||$699||Sep 17th 2020|
As you can see, the RTX 3080 12GB not only improves on memory capacity (12GB compared to 10GB, both with GDDR6X), but it also has a few more improvements compared to the base RTX 3080. For one, the 12GB model comes with 8960 CUDA cores (3% more than the base model, which had 8704 CUDA cores).
Boost clocks remain the same for both models, but interestingly the 12GB model comes at a slightly lower 1.26GHz memory speed compared to the 1.44GHz base speed of the 10GB model. But bandwidth is more impressive thanks to a higher bus width of 384-bit, resulting in a 20% increase over the 10GB model (912GB/s vs 760GB/s).
TDP is also increased to 350W, the same as the RTX 3080 Ti, instead of 320W. We can expect the MSRP to be around $100-$300 more than the base model, so around $799-$999 is likely. Performance is also up for interpretation before we get any official benchmarks, but looking at the specs it seems to be closer to an RTX 3080 Ti at a slightly lower price point. No information on release date or pre-orders has been revealed yet though.
What do you think? Are you interested in the RTX 3080 12GB model? How much do you think it will cost? And do you think the upgraded model is worth it? Let us know your thoughts!