NVIDIA’s decision to retract the GeForce RTX 4080’s 12GB variant is a first for the industry. Following widespread backlash from the community, the chipmaker was forced to “un-launch” the ill-fated GPU. Unlike previous generations, where the RTX x80 would be based on one of the two top-end dies, the 4080 12GB was a product of the smaller, more economical AD104 graphics core. A 192-bit bus was also unprecedented for an x80-class card, not to mention the $300 price delta between the two variants.
Despite what multiple tipsters have claimed, we’ll soon be seeing the AD104 as the GeForce RTX 4070 Ti, or so claims @kopite7kimi. Considering that it’s a lower-tier SKU, we can expect a lower price tag, possibly between $699-$799, a hundred bucks less than the initial value.
The GeForce RTX 4080 (16GB) is slated to launch next week, and its 12GB variant was supposed to hit retail shelves next month. However, it’s unclear whether NVIDIA will retain this release window unchanged or wait for gamers’ memories to fade a smidge.