It was in September that Nvidia presented the RTX 4090, RTX 4080 16 GB, and RTX 4080 12 GB, but now they are cutting the last version.
RTX 4080 12 GB is a fantastic graphics card, but it doesn’t have the right name. Having two graphics cards with the 4080 name is confusing. So I press the “launch button”, they write on their website
The RTX 4080 16 GB is coming on November 16. It is unknown what will happen to the second version. Usually, there is not much difference in performance between two versions of the same model with different memory, but the 12 GB version actually had significantly fewer CUDA cores than the variant with 16 GB video memory.
The consequence of the change is therefore that I get an RTX 4080 video card for the tidy sum of € 15,400. For comparison, the RTX 3080 came for € 8,000 in September 2020.
Otherwise, the launch of the RTX 4090 has apparently been a great success for Nvidia, and most products in online stores are sold out. The cost of the partner card ranges from around € 21,000 all the way up to € 28,000.
On social media, discussions have raged around the marketing of the 4000 series. The discussion is particularly linked to Nvidia’s promise of two to four times as high performance, which they were completely unable to deliver.
The infancy of DLSS 3 and the lack of input for the latest DisplayPort standard have also caused wonder, as Intel has this on its Arc series.