Nvidia paused the launch of its 12GB RTX 4080 graphics card last month after a backlash over its naming and pricing. Now, a known leaker says the “unlaunched” GPU will return in January as the RTX 4070 Ti, as Nvidia tries to correct the confusing naming around two RTX 4080 cards with completely different specs.
Twitter user kopite7kimi says “original RTX 4080 12GB will become RTX 4070 Ti instead”, answering questions on a January 2023 release date with a thumbs up. Kopite7kimi previously correctly predicted the specifications of the RTX 3090 and RTX 3080, and that the RTX 4090 would require 450 watts of power.
A return of the 12GB RTX 4080 rebranded as the RTX 4070 Ti would make a lot of sense. Nvidia was heavily criticized for labeling the 12GB model as an RTX 4080, especially when the 16GB model was so different. The RTX 4080 12GB would start at $899 and would feature 7,680 CUDA cores, a 2.31GHz base clock that ramps up to 2.61GHz, 639 Tensor TFLOPs, 92 RT-TFLOPs, and 40 Shader TFLOPs. The 16 GB RTX 4080 is much more powerful, with 9,728 CUDA cores, a base clock of 2.21 GHz ramping up to 2.51 GHz, 780 Tensor TFLOPs, 113 RT-TFLOPs, and 49 Shader TFLOPs of power.
Now the focus will be on pricing, especially as AMD’s next-gen RX 7900 XTX and XT GPUs start at $899 and launch on December 13. It’s hard to imagine Nvidia launching an $899 RTX 4070 Ti if AMD’s latest cards manage to beat the more powerful 16GB RTX 4080 or even come close to Nvidia’s best RTX 4090 cards. Nvidia is about to launch its RTX 4080 16GB model next week, priced from $1,199.