NVIDIA Is “Unlaunching” the GeForce RTX 4080 (12 GB): “Confusing, Not Named Right”


NVIDIA has announced that it is “unlaunching” the GeForce RTX 4080 (12 GB), the weakest model in the GeForce RTX 40 Series that has been announced thus far. Green team shared the news in a short post on the official GeForce site, stating that “it’s not named right” and that “having two GPUs with the 4080 designation is confusing.” The GeForce RTX 4080 (16 GB) will be released as planned on November 16th, while the 12 GB model will presumably resurface as a GeForce RTX 4070 or GeForce RTX 4070 Ti.


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.

The GeForce RTX 4080 (12 GB) features 7,680 CUDA Cores, 639 Tensor-TFLOPs, 92 RT-TFLOPs, 40 Shader-TFLOPs, and GDDR6X memory, a configuration that NVIDIA says offers more performance than the GeForce RTX 3090 Ti. It was supposed to be released for $899, a price that might remain for whatever model NVIDIA decides to rebadge it as.

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