NVIDIA quietly launched the 12GB variant of the GeForce RTX 3080 a few days back in a rather unorthodox manner. Limited reviews and lack of an MSRP are usually seen as a red flag with hardware launches, and the same is the case with this particular release. The GeForce RTX 3080 features a nearly fully enabled GA102 die, with 8,960 shaders and a 384-bit bus, putting it nearly on par with the RTX 3080 Ti, and also making it a redundant SKU.
Looking at the prices, one can understand why NVIDIA went with this approach. EVGA’s GeForce RTX 3080 12GB models are going for roughly 1,400 Euros, 55% more than the 10GB variant, in line with the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti. Only, here the profits mostly go to NVIDIA and its board partners rather than retailers.
In Japan’s Akiba market, the RTX 3080 12GB is going for over 200,000 Yen, once again in the same territory as the RTX 3080 Ti, and considerably higher than the vanilla 3080. I was unable to find any listings of this GPU among US-based eTailers, but going by market trends it would seem that the RTX 3080 12GB is essentially a 3080 Ti in disguise.