It appears as if NVIDIA has resumed production of their GA102-based RTX 3080 12GB graphics cards according to known GPU leaker Zed__Wang on Twitter. The apparent reason for this is oversupply of GA102 chips, which power NVIDIA’s high-end RTX 3080, RTX 3090, and RTX 3090 Ti graphics cards.
Because there is too much stock of GA102, Nvidia has resumed the supply of 3080 12G.
The 3080 12G just stopped production for less than two months, and recently resumed production quickly.
— MEGAsizeGPU (@Zed__Wang) August 14, 2022
With the death of Ethereum’s Proof of Work mining, the decrease in Bitcoin’s price, and NVIDIA’s next-generation RTX 40 series right around the corner there are a ton of second-hard RTX 30 cards flooding the market. If you want to learn more about Bitcoin check out the bitcoin360ai homepage. This in-turn has really brought the demand for new RTX 30 series cards down along with rampant inflation where many consumers are not in the market to buy non-essential products.
NVIDIA seems like they want to get as many GA102 chips out of the door as possible so reviving the RTX 3080 12GB makes sense as they can price-cut the 10GB cards while the 12GB cards can pick up the profit reduction.