We had been talking about the 12 GB GeForce RTX 3080 for several weeks, and just yesterday we told you that its presentation was imminent. This information has been fulfilled, since NVIDIA had just presented it. It is a graphics card with which the green giant has renewed its high-end range and that, despite what its name suggests, comes with changes that go beyond increasing graphics memory, and which allow a slight increase in gross performance.
As we told you in our review of the GeForce RTX 3080, this graphics card marked an important turning point because it marked the consecration of ray tracing, thanks to the introduction of the 2nd generation RT cores, which greatly improve performance compared to the first generation RT cores used in Turing, and also thanks to the arrival of new functions, such as interpolation of each triangle in time, which allows to apply ray tracing and motion blur . Its raster performance was also huge, so much so that it could move any game in 4K without problems.
The 12GB GeForce RTX 3080 not limited to holding all values that, as we already told you at the time, turned the 10 GB GeForce RTX 3080 into one of the best high-end graphics cards in history, but dares to go further, and does so with a hardware configuration which improves the gross power of this new model. So that you are totally clear about the differences between one and the other, I list the specifications of both below.
GeForce RTX 3080 10GB Specifications
- Graphic core GA102 at 8 nm.
- 8,704 shaders at 1,440 MHz-1,710 MHz.
- 272 texturing units.
- 96 raster units.
- 272 tensor cores.
- 68 RT cores.
- 10 GB of GDDR6X at 19 GHz.
- 320-bit bus (760 GB / s bandwidth).
- 320 watt TDP.
- Requires a 12-pin connector and a 700-watt power supply.
GeForce RTX 3080 12GB Specifications
- Graphic core GA102 at 8 nm.
- 8,960 shaders at 1,440 MHz-1,710 MHz.
- 280 texturing units.
- 104 raster units.
- 280 tensor cores.
- 70 RT cores.
- 12 GB of GDDR6X at 19 GHz.
- 384-bit bus (912 GB / s bandwidth).
- 350 watt TDP.
- Requires a 12-pin connector and a 750-watt power supply.
Looking at the specs of each graphics card, I think the 12GB GeForce RTX 3080 should be 5-10% stronger than the version with 10 GB. However, it must be taken into account that, in scenarios where graphic memory is a very limiting factor, those extra 2GB can end up making a big difference, especially if we play in 4K and use high-quality textures.
The 12 GB GeForce RTX 3080 is already supported in the new NVIDIA Game Ready 511.17 WHQL drivers, which we can download for free through the official website of the green giant. This new controller also includes DLDSR (Deep Learning Dynamic Super Resolution), a subsampling technology that is shaping up to be an enhancement to DSR.
Said technology render games at a higher resolution than the one that our monitor supports and that, through artificial intelligence, readjusts the resolution to that maximum that our monitor supports. Thanks to this we can enjoy greater sharpness, cleaner edges (without aliasing) and a higher level of detail.
DLDSR integrates an artificial intelligence network that requires fewer input pixels to function optimally. This is a very important advance, since thanks to this new network, an image generated by DLDSR at 2.25X has almost the same quality as a 4X DSR generated image, and with superior performance.
Returning to the 12 GB GeForce RTX 3080, as we have anticipated it is a very powerful graphics card that is ready to move any present and future game in 4K and maximum quality, and that has dedicated hardware to accelerate AI and ray tracing. . Supports DLSS 2.3, and its recommended price should be around 999 euros, although unfortunately, due to inflation that the graphic sector lives, we have already seen it in stores with a price that is around, in custom designs by OEMs, 1,700 euros.