NVIDIA has started shipping GeForce RTX 4080 graphics cards based on an updated version of the GPU. The new chip has simplified technical requirements for the circuit boards used, which will reduce production costs for video card assembly.
NVIDIA originally released the GeForce RTX 4080 based on the AD103-300-A1 GPU. Future batches of accelerators from NVIDIA partners will use the AD103-301 GPU. The new chip will not differ in terms of performance and power consumption. The main, and perhaps the only, plus of using the updated GPU is that it’s easier and cheaper to make cards based on it.
According to the HKEPC portal, some NVIDIA partners have already started shipping their versions of the GeForce RTX 4080 with the AD103-301 GPU. The information was confirmed by the VideoCardz portal, which found AD103-301 in the characteristics of some versions of Gainward’s GeForce RTX 4080 graphics cards on its official website. Galax offers GeForce RTX 4080 models based on both the old AD103-300 chips and the updated AD103-301.
It is also reported that the new GPUs have received GeForce RTX 4070 Ti graphics cards. They now ship with the AD104-251 chip instead of the original AD104-250. In fact, we are talking about different versions of the same GPU.
Owners of cards based on updated GPUs should not expect an increase in performance, but for NVIDIA and its partners, the use of new GPUs will reduce the cost of producing graphics cards and increase their revenues. HKEPC estimates that using the new version of the GPU will save about $1 in production of each graphics card. With thousands of graphics cards on the market, the savings can be significant.