NVIDIA just announced that they are “unlaunching” the GeForce RTX 4080 12GB graphics card, which was announced last month together with the RTX 4090 and RTX 4080 16GB. The PC and gaming community were not happy to see the specs and pricing of the RTX 4080 12GB. It has significantly fewer CUDA cores and only 12GB of memory running on a 192-bit memory interface, but its starting price is $899. The community is saying that this graphics card shouldn’t be called an RTX 4080, but it might be an RTX 4070 (Ti) instead. NVIDIA just released a very short article announcing that the RTX 4080 12GB is canceled.
NVIDIA: Unlaunching The 12GB 4080
The RTX 4080 12GB is a fantastic graphics card, but it’s not named right. Having two GPUs with the 4080 designation is confusing.
So, we’re pressing the “unlaunch” button on the 4080 12GB. The RTX 4080 16GB is amazing and on track to delight gamers everywhere on November 16th.
If the lines around the block and enthusiasm for the 4090 is any indication, the reception for the 4080 will be awesome.
What Will Happen to the RTX 4080 12GB?
Now that the RTX 4080 12GB is officially canceled, I’m guessing that NVIDIA will rename it as RTX 4070 Ti or RTX 4070. Regardless of the name or designation, will NVIDIA still price that graphics card at $899? Will they release an “RTX 4070 (Ti)” for $899? I hope not! I think $899 is too high for an xx70 class GPU.
For now, let’s just wait and see. NVIDIA may announce something after the RTX 4080 16GB is officially released and available starting November 16th.