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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 12 GB pre-orders begin today as another launch descends into chaos

EVGA will be one of NVIDIA's partners to sell the RTX 3080 12 GB. (Image source: EVGA via VideoCardz)
EVGA will be one of NVIDIA's partners to sell the RTX 3080 12 GB. (Image source: EVGA via VideoCardz)
The RTX 3080 12 GB has appeared out of nowhere, with pre-orders set to begin today. Reputedly, NVIDIA's review embargo will lift simultaneously, but without the company published any drivers for the graphics card. However, a few retailers have forgotten to adhere to NVIDIA's sales embargo.

After December's botched RTX 2060 (12 GB) announcement, NVIDIA is onto another strange graphics card launch. This time, NVIDIA's partners have started selling the RTX 3080 12 GB, a card that the company had reportedly delayed. Initially, NVIDIA was expected to announce the RTX 3080 12 GB on December 17 alongside the RTX 3070 Ti 16 GB. The latter remains unreleased for reference.

NVIDIA has not formally announced the RTX 3080 12 GB, although that also remains the case for the RTX 2060 (12 GB). Still, Materiel.net, a French retailer, has confirmed that the card will be pre-orderable from 15:00 CET (UTC+1), a screenshot of which we have embedded below.

(Image source: Materiel.net via GamesRadar+ & VideoCardz)
(Image source: Materiel.net via GamesRadar+ & VideoCardz)

Unsurprisingly, NVIDIA has not manufactured many RTX 3080 12 GB cards at launch. In a now-deleted tweet, Materiel.net states that there 'won't be one [RTX 3080 12 GB] for everyone'. PC21, another French retailer, and Mindfactory, briefly listed several RTX 3080 SKUs produced by Gigabyte and MSI.

As the screenshots below show, 12 GB versions of the RTX 3080 will sell for between €1,699 and €1,799, several hundred Euros more expensive than their 10 GB counterparts. An MSRP remains unknown at this stage; reputedly, NVIDIA's review embargo lifts today too. Apparently, NVIDIA has not released drivers for the new cards yet though, so it remains to be seen how outlets can review the new card.

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Alex Alderson, 2022-01-11 (Update: 2022-01-11)