Nvidia announces its new RTX 3080 with 12GB of memory

Nvidia is soon launching a new 12GB model of its RTX 3080. Revealed initially in Nvidia’s latest GeForce drivers, the new 12GB model offers 2GB more memory than the original 10GB RTX 3080. This new RTX 3080 model also includes 8960 CUDA cores, a bump of nearly three per cent over the original. The upgraded memory also means this GPU has 20 percent more cumulative bandwidth over the original 10GB variant, thanks to a wider 384-bit memory bus. Nvidia is still recommending a 750W power supply, but this 12GB RTX 3080 draws an extra 30 watts of power, up to 350 watts in total compared to the 320W draw on the original RTX 3080. Nvidia’s new 12GB RTX 3080 arrives days after the company announced a new RTX 3090 Ti with faster memory and better performance, and a $249 RTX 3050. The budget RTX 3050 offers ray tracing and DLSS support at a much more affordable price, assuming you’re about to snag one at retail price. The RTX 3080 (12GB) is priced at $1,249.99.