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NVIDIA releases a 12GB GeForce RTX 3080

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For those of you with money to burn who want a new GPU, perhaps the latest from NVIDIA will catch your eye? They've introduced a new model of the GeForce RTX 3080. It's a small but noticeable upgrade to the original, and only available to a select few partners right now

The bump not only ups the memory from 10GB to 12GB but also goes from 8704 to 8960 CUDA Cores, and you're also getting a memory bus jump from 320-bit to 384-bit. You're going to need just a little bit more power for it too, as NVIDIA say it needs 350 watts compared with the 320 on the 10GB model.

While it's nice to see new models - is anyone even going to be able to buy one? Even if you can, will it be a reasonable price? Probably a big no to both. You also wouldn't really know it exists, since NVIDIA for some reason decided to keep this release on the quiet side. It's sad to see yet another ridiculously expensive high-end model being made, when there's such a shortage everywhere on all models.

I'm still rocking a RTX 2080 Ti which is thankfully rather powerful so I don't need to upgrade the main GamingOnLinux machine GPU for some time to come.

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StenPett 11 Jan
Two easy questions I ask myself:

Do I want a new GPU? Yes. My 1060 is starting to show its age.

Do I want a new GPU that cost more than any of my previous PCs did in total? Nope.

And a third bonus question: Do I want another GPU where I'm relying on proprietary driver support? Nope...
Meh... Opensource baby! Running 6900XT Liquid Devil Ultimate! Mesa rocks!
Quoting: Shmerl
Quoting: Purple Library GuyThis shortage stuff has been lasting rather a long time now. I'm finding myself wondering if it's really about all the original causes any more, or if the situation brought it to the attention of certain corporations that they are an oligopoly and constraining supply some is collectively making them gigabucks in windfall profits.

From what I understand, building new factories is a long process and they'll be only ready by the end of this year to address the disbalance in demand and supply.

I think all of them are building new ones. TSMC, Samsung and Intel. At least the new TSMC one is expected to launch in 2022.
Guess I just have a nasty suspicious mind. I'm pretty sure it is happening in the grocery sector--the big grocery chains say they're jacking prices because of higher expenses and supply chain issues, which do exist--but they're jacking prices more than the increase in costs, which is why those companies are posting record profits. So I figured the same trick would work here, probably better . . . but if they're really working on beefing up supply, I guess not.
melkemind 12 Jan
Upping the memory is one thing, but this appears to effectively be a different GPU. Why not just change the name? It's only going to cause confusion for people thinking they're buying one thing and ending up with another, especially in aftermarket sales.
x_wing 12 Jan
Quoting: melkemindUpping the memory is one thing, but this appears to effectively be a different GPU. Why not just change the name? It's only going to cause confusion for people thinking they're buying one thing and ending up with another, especially in aftermarket sales.

That's the idea, this release is just a shady way to officially increase the 3080 MSRP. The original 3080 will cease production for now on.
randyl 12 Jan
Quoting: Purple Library Guy
Quoting: Shmerl
Quoting: Purple Library GuyThis shortage stuff has been lasting rather a long time now. I'm finding myself wondering if it's really about all the original causes any more, or if the situation brought it to the attention of certain corporations that they are an oligopoly and constraining supply some is collectively making them gigabucks in windfall profits.

From what I understand, building new factories is a long process and they'll be only ready by the end of this year to address the disbalance in demand and supply.

I think all of them are building new ones. TSMC, Samsung and Intel. At least the new TSMC one is expected to launch in 2022.
Guess I just have a nasty suspicious mind. I'm pretty sure it is happening in the grocery sector--the big grocery chains say they're jacking prices because of higher expenses and supply chain issues, which do exist--but they're jacking prices more than the increase in costs, which is why those companies are posting record profits. So I figured the same trick would work here, probably better . . . but if they're really working on beefing up supply, I guess not.

This is where late stage poorly regulated Capitalism brought us in my opinion. The reality is a mockery of the simplistic and illusory Capitalist ideals of supply and demand, competing on quality, and consumer choice. What is that I hear? Is it Kurt Vonnegut laughing maniacally from his grave?

At this point it feels like the closest I'm going to get to a graphics card upgrade is an NFT of a 3070 jpeg.
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