NVIDIA silently resurrects the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
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Introduced by NVIDIA as its flagship Pascal-based product, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, back in early March 2017. Now, more than four years since the release of that iconic card that provided a massive jump in performance over the previous Maxwell-based flagship products and completely blew away AMD's offerings, it looks like the Pascal GP102 GPU is back.
According to a post made on the Japanese forum Quasar Zone, someone has just received a brand-new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti-based graphics card after returning his old one for RMA. Twitter user Harukaze made some digging based on the serial number of the aforementioned card and discovered that we are talking about a GTX 1080 Ti EVGA SC manufactured in 2021. However, EVGA cards come with a standard warranty of 3 years, so manufacturing new GTX 1080 Ti-based cards wouldn't make sense at all in 2021, unless NVIDIA has silently brought back these chips into production.
For now, we cannot tell who is behind the resurrection of the GTX 1080 Ti, but it is highly unlikely that EVGA had some spare parts lying around since 2017-2018, so it would not be surprising to hear about other brands bringing back their GTX 1080 Ti-based offerings later this year. After all, the ongoing crypto-related madness seems to drive GPU prices higher and higher, so when the stocks of new GPUs disappear almost instantly, why not bring the veterans back to the battlefield?