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GeForce RTX 4080 12GB: Nvidia Cancels Graphics Card Due To Incorrect Designation

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While the GeForce RTX 4090 (test) was released on October 12 and the GeForce RTX 4080 with 16 gigabytes now has a fixed release date, the graphics card will be released on November 16, Nvidia has the GeForce RTX 4080 with 12 gigabytes that’s why. removed before release due to its confusing name for players.

The GeForce RTX 4080 12GB will not appear

The Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 with 12 GB GDDR6X based on the AD104 graphics processor with 7680 shaders will not appear, the manufacturer announced in a brief statement titled “4080 12GB Launch‘ on their official GeForce graphics card product page.

Nvidia is reacting to ongoing criticism that the 12-gigabyte GeForce RTX 4080 is more of a GeForce RTX 4070 or even GeForce RTX 4060 Ti.

the [GeForce] RTX 4080 12GB is a fantastic graphics card, but it doesn’t have the right name. Two GPUs labeled [GeForce] Having RTX 4080 is confusing.


While the GeForce RTX 4080 16GB can boast an AD103 GPU with a total of 9728 CUDA cores, the now canceled GeForce RTX 4080 12GB should be based on the AD104 graphics chip with only 7680 shader units. The GeForce RTX 4090 even offers more than double the FP32 ALUs.

Nvidia officially cancels GeForce RTX 4080 12GB ahead of launch
Nvidia officially cancels GeForce RTX 4080 12GB ahead of launch

That’s why we hit the “unlaunch” button on the GeForce RTX 4080 12 GB“, according to Nvidia. The Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 16GB is “Fantastic graphics and on its way to delight gamers around the world on November 16th.“.

Nvidia focuses on the 16 GB GeForce 4080

In its statement, however, the manufacturer directly focuses on the larger of the two originally planned GeForce RTX 4080s and does not comment further on the background to the removal of the small SKU.

Additionally, Nvidia refers to the “lines around the blockabout the launch of the GeForce RTX 4090, a statement that is obviously intended to distract attention from the extremely unusual step of canceling a graphics card so shortly before launch.

Early manufacturer benchmarks for GeForce RTX 4080 16GB and GeForce RTX 4080 12GB have already documented a huge difference in performance compared to GeForce RTX 4090.