In a short update in the NVIDIA blog, the company is pulling back on this earlier announcement and is “unlaunching” the RTX 4080 12GB citing that is confusing. This was everyone’s sentiments during the launch as well.
The full update text is below:
The RTX 4080 12GB is a fantastic graphics card, but it’s not named right. Having two GPUs with the 4080 designation is confusing.
So, we’re pressing the “unlaunch” button on the 4080 12GB. The RTX 4080 16GB is amazing and on track to delight gamers everywhere on November 16th.
If the lines around the block and enthusiasm for the 4090 is any indication, the reception for the 4080 will be awesome.
NVIDIA seems pleased with the RTX 4090 launch and expects the same reception for the RTX 4080 16GB. That being said, no other card is being announced so the upcoming November launch will now be exclusively for the Geforce RTX 4080 16GB in November as announced during the GTC Fall 2022 keynote.