NVIDIA may be resuming delivery of one of its largest gaming graphics cards to date, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. As per a forum entry posted over at Quasar Zone, a user has received a freshly produced batch of GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics card after sending in his old 1080 Ti for RMA.
On the forum, a user explains how they recently received a brand new EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti-based graphics card after returning their old card for RMA. However, EVGA cards come with a standard three-year warranty, so it wouldn’t make sense to produce new GTX 1080 Ti-based cards in 2021 – unless Nvidia quietly put these chips back into production.
While it may seem an odd move for Nvidia to revive a discontinued GPU, the company recently resumed production of its older GTX 1050, GTX 1650, and RTX 2060 graphics cards as an alternative GPU for those frustrated by the lack of stock of its RTX 3000 series cards.
Between supply problems due to the Covid-19 pandemic, TSMC being under increased pressure from other customers, and crypto miners buying up what little GPU stock there is, it has become nearly impossible to get hold of Nvidia’s new Ampere RTX 3000 series graphics cards.
Reverting to a four-year-old card is hardly an ideal solution, but Nvidia could still offer gamers looking for a wallet-friendly GPU upgrade another option – after all, the GTX 1080 Ti still offers decent gaming performance at lower resolutions.
If the GPU makes a comeback, it remains to be seen how much the Nvidia GeForce RTX 1080 Ti will cost. At launch, the GPU sold for $699 – the same as the RTX 3080 – so it’s likely that it will get a price cut when it returns to the shelves.
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