A new version of the RTX 3080 graphics card has quietly entered the market with 12GB of RAM onboard. The new GeForce RTX 3080 12GB brings with it some slightly enhanced specs to beef up the 3080 and add to the selection of cards in circulation.
The new card comes with slightly beefed up specs (compared to the 10GB model), including a 1.26GHz base clock (give it a wider range of 1.26GHz [base]to 1.71GHz [boost]), 384-bit bus, and 350W TDP (in addition to the 12GB vs 10GB VRAM). It perfectly sits the card between the 10GB 3080 and the 3080 Ti. So it isn’t a new flagship 3080. It is just another 3080.
Price point hasn’t been announced just yet, but it is likely going to be somewhere between the 3080 and the 3080 Ti (which has an MSRP of $1,199) as that would make sense. We are guessing around $800, but we clearly can’t be sure about that.
Of course, that isn’t going to change much with how fast bots are snapping these cards up the moment they hit in-stock at all of the popular retailers. It just means even more cards that will be held hostage by scalpers. Then again, who knows. If we over-saturate the market with cards, eventually the scalpers would have to give up or go broke hording them all.
At this point, you will be lucky to get your hands on any 3080 variant. You have to be fast or be willing to wait in long lines when physical stores get an inventory drop. Currently, your best bet of getting your hands on a 3080 is by buying into a pre-built system coming from one of the many desktop builders (ie, Corsair, Xidax, MainGear, etc).