RTX 3080 12GB full specs revealed, closer to an RTX 3080 Ti with a smaller price?

Written by Chad Norton on Tue, Jan 11, 2022 3:28 PM

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!

How much do you think the RTX 3080 12GB will cost in MSRP? - In USD

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12:24 Jan-12-2022

It has roughly 3% more cores than an RTX 3080 so how can it be closer to the 3080 TI than the actual 3080. Also what is the point of this? This should have been the 3080 to begin with.


And the argument it is another option for gamers isn't valid as Nvidia can just try to focus on increasing the availability of the existing SKUs instead of launching a new one at this time and in this market.

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21:22 Jan-11-2022

If anyone on the internet tries to defend this, i will go toxic.


Nvidia doing what they do best, replacing an existing model for a higher priced MSRP which means IT'LL COST FAR MORE IN THE MARKET


THEY LOVE THIS

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20:55 Jan-11-2022

I can't wait for 3070,7 10,58GB TI SUPER +++ !

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21:26 Jan-12-2022

Tbh, they should stop making mid end cards with an overkill amount of vram. The gpu is too slow to even play games that would utilize all the memory. Cut the crap and make the msrp lower to what it should be. A mid end card should be 200-250 euro, not 400-500 euro!

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16:27 Jan-11-2022

What's up with Nvidia releasing 300 GPUs in the last 3x generations?


Like stick to just 4-5x how about that?


X50


X60


X70


X80


done.


We don't need 2000 GPU variants.


In the last 3 generations we got:


Gt 1010, Gt 1030 2gb ddr3, gt 1030 2gb ddr4, 1030 2gb ddr5, gtx 1050 2gb, gtx 1050 3gb, gtx 1050 4gb, gtx 1050ti, gtx 1060 3gb, gtx 1060 6gb, gtx 1070, gtx 1070Ti, gtx 1080Ti, gtx 1080, gtx titan Pascal, gtx 1650, gtx 1650 super, gtx 1650ti, gtx 1650 TU116, gtx 1650 TU117, gtx 1660, gtx 1660 super, gtx 1660ti, rtx 2060, rtx 2060 super, RTX 2060 12GB rtx 2070, RTX 2070 Super, RTX 2080, RTX 2080, RTX Titan, RTX 3050, RTX 3050 again, RTX 3060, RTX 3060Ti, RTX 3060 TU104, RTX 3070, RTX 3070Ti, RTX 3080 8GB, RTX 3080Ti, RTX 3080 12GB, RTX 3080 20GB, RTX 3090, RTX 3090Ti... and I think I missed over half a dozen...

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19:43 Jan-11-2022

It's like they get 5 wafers that's not exactly one card, but not quite the other, so then rather than selling the "better" GPU for the price of whatever SKU is the one it's better than - no, they create another SKU... 🤣

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20:48 Jan-11-2022

True 🤣

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02:10 Jan-12-2022

you have RTX 2080 twice. so it's either the 2080 super or the 2080ti which still means you missed one there.


also since you listed the different versions of the 1650, you missed the 5GB 1060 and the multiple versions of the 6GB 1060.

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08:24 Jan-12-2022

As I said I missed over half a dozen. Can't keep track of them anymore. And keep in mind the gtx 1060 3gb, 5gb and 6gb all have different amounts of Cuda Cores iirc.

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12:25 Jan-13-2022

The man said "I missed over half a dozen" - he knows he missed some models - it wasn't the point to list every single one, though xD

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21:27 Jan-12-2022

I mean, it doesn't matter after all. It's probably overpriced when it hits the stores. Overpriced in the sense that the price tag doesn't reflect its position in the lineup.

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21:50 Jan-12-2022

I mean even at MSRP for the past few years AMD and Nvidia GPUs have been overpriced, for Nvidia since 2016. And people bought them up like crazy and I pretty much said back then that I wished that GPUs would become redicioulosly overpriced so that people can enjoy them being overpriced...


But the thing is people still think the MSRP is alright, when it's not, AMD and Nvidia are bathing in ever increasing profit margins.

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12:24 Jan-13-2022

It almost sounds to me like you're itching for an upgrade and are salty about the prices...


I remember you saying this back in Pascal days as well, but that's the reality of tech these days. All tech, really. Who would have imagined that modern mobile phones could cost a grand+? There's just so much more packed into tech these days than back in the day - including complimentary software.

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12:59 Jan-13-2022

Again for some reason can't reply to you, so I'm replying to myself.


But profit margins are based on total operating expenses, volume sold predictions and production + shipping/logistics costs, not on features, it's pure finance here and they have insane profit margins.


And I'm salty indeed, I have saved up more than enough for these insanely overpriced GPUs, but I refuse to pay anything above the MSRP that is already overpriced in itself, except for the RTX 3060 12GB, that GPU is priced correctly, so is the RTX 3050 at MSRP, give or take 10$ which is perfectly accepable as overhead and volume insurance.


So I will wait until 2023, assuming that prices will at least return to MSRP, biding my time until the time is right and buy an entire new PC, but this time I'm going the opposite way, I want a mini-ITX /micro-ATX build, and I'm looking at the Node 202 and similar cases for it.

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15:38 Jan-11-2022

OR this is a price "correction" for the RTX 3080 thats about to be phased out. The amount of GA 102 dies that have been segmented is insane: 3080 10gb, 3080 12gb ,3080ti, 3090, 3090ti + professional cards...

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