Nvidia could be planning to resurrect thein a bid to help battle the ongoing GPU shortage.
That’s according to tipster, who spotted a post on Korean hardware forum which suggests that the four-year-old Pascal graphics card could be about to make an unexpected comeback.
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 one for RMA. However, EVGA cards come with a standard warranty of three years, so it wouldn’t make sense to manufacture new GTX 1080 Ti-based cards in 2021 – unless Nvidia has silently brought back these chips into production.
While it might seem a strange move for Nvidia to resurrect a discontinued GPU, the company recently resumed production of its older, and graphics cards as an alternative GPU for those frustrated by the lack of stock of its RTX 3000-series cards.
Between supply issues due to the Covid-19 pandemic, TSMC being under increased pressure from other clients, and cryptominers buying up what little GPU stock there is, it’s become almost impossible to get hold of Nvidia’s new.
Turning to a four-year-old is hardly an ideal solution, but it could see Nvidia providing yet another option for gamers after a wallet-friendly GPU upgrade – after all, the GTX 1080 Ti continues to offer decent gaming performance at lower resolutions.
If it does make a comeback, it remains to be seen how much the Nvidia GeForce RTX 1080 Ti will retail for. At launch the GPU sold for $699 – the same as the RTX 3080 – so it’s likely it’ll be given a price cut if it does return to shelves.
Nvidia has yet to comment, so we’ll just have to wait and see if the rumor turns out to be true.