Nvidia to relaunch the 12GB RTX 4080 … as the RTX 4070 Ti

Last month, Nvidia canceled the 12GB variant of the upcoming GeForce RTX 4080. Now, it looks like the card will return, this time as the GeForce RTX 4070 Ti.

According to hardware leaker Kopite7kimi, Nvidia will relaunch the 12GB RTX 4080 as the RTX 4070 Ti sometime next year, possibly in January.

When Nvidia first revealed the SKUs for the GeForce RTX 4080, it announced that the card would come in one of two versions—a 16GB model and a 12GB model. Following the announcement, it was revealed that the 12GB RTX 4080 would not only be down on memory but would also have much weaker specs as well.

Unsurprisingly, the reveal of the 12GB version’s lower specs led to backlash from the gaming community. This led to Nvidia canceling the release of that version, leaving the 16GB variant as the sole version to launch on November 16. (Read: Nvidia 12GB RTX 4080 canceled)

That Nvidia is rebranding the 12GB version of the RTX 4080 as an RTX 4070 Ti shouldn’t come as a surprise, however. The closeness of the launch likely means that Nvidia and its add-in-board partners already had the cards in stock and ready to ship. The delay will likely be used to fix the cards’ branding and relabel them as RTX 4070 Ti cards.

In addition, Kopite7kimi claims that cards were originally meant to ship under the RTX 4070 Ti name in the first place, based on the released pre-launch specs. This is because the card was not using a cut-down version of the 16GB RTX 4080’s GPU, but rather a different AD104 GPU. This kind of config is usually associated with Ti variants.

When it finally launches sometime next year, the RTX 4070 Ti should arrive with 7860 CUDA cores, and 12GB of GDDR8X memory. As for the price, it’s likely to be much lower than that of the 16GB RTX 4080 and RTX 4090 and should give Nvidia a proper value competitor to AMD’s upcoming Radeon RX 7900XTX and RX 7900XT, both of which will retail for under $1000 (Php 58,000) when they launch in December.

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