GeForce RTX 4080 12 GB abruptly cancelled ahead of November release
Nvidia's questionably-specced GeForce RTX 4080 12 GB received a lot of flak after its launch, and rightfully so. The AD04-based card with 12 GB of GDDR6 memory on a 192-bit bus was, at best, an RTX xx70 class graphics card. To make matters worse, it carried a US$990 price tag. Nvidia seems to have taken cognizance of the outrage and has cancelled the card outright.
A blog post on Nvidia's website says it has effectively "unlaunched" the GeForce RTX 4080 12 GB. Its elder sibling, the actual GeForce RTX 4080 16 GB, will be available for purchase on November 16. Although it isn't nearly as impressive as the GeForce RTX 4090, it offers a near 50% performance uplift over its predecessor. The faux GeForce RTX 4080 12GB will probably be launched sometime next year as a lower-tier (and hopefully more affordable) SKU.
While the GeForce RTX 4080 12 GB's cancellation will help declutter the Ada Lovelace lineup, its 16 GB variant still costs US$1,200, putting it out of reach of many gamers. Affordable offerings from Team Red are unlikely to hit shelves anytime soon because AMD will supposedly launch only two high-end SKUs initially, that too in mid-December. However, there are plenty of previous-gen cards up for grabs, often at a hefty discount, so things aren't nearly as grim as they were a year ago.