NVIDIA’s RTX 4080 hit the shelves yesterday. In an attempt to allow more users to get their hands on an Ada GPU, NVIDIA has made a few additions to their VPA (Verified Priority Access) program. To give some context, the RTX 4090 suffered a ‘GPU shortage’ with prices way past MSRP.
New Additions to VPA
For starters, the VPA program started in October including the kingpin RTX 4090. NVIDIA has now added the RTX 4080 to this list. The main thing is that users now are not just limited to FE models, but they can also opt for AIB variants. Though, users should be aware that availability will vary based on the AIB partner.
Secondly, we are working with our participating etail partners and add-in-card partners to include more GeForce RTX 4090 and RTX 4080 models in the Verified Priority Access trial, in addition to NVIDIA’s limited Founders Edition design. Availability of these additional models will vary by etailer
An important point to add here is that NVIDIA is making the VPA program much more accessible than before. Basically, prior to these new additions, only a few people had access to this program. All sign-ups from now on will allow the user to obtain a VPA invitation. Due to availability reasons, not all users are guaranteed to be sent an invite. Besides, this option is only available for NVIDIA Accounts made before the 15th of November to combat spam and bots.
Lastly, we’re opening sign-ups to be considered for a Verified Priority Access invitation. There may be many more sign-ups than cards available in this trial, so enrolling does not guarantee getting selected for an invitation. At this time, sign-ups are open for NVIDIA Accounts that were created on or before November 15th, 2022.
The RTX 4080
The RTX 4080 16GB is packed with 16GB of GDDR6X memory over a 256-bit bus where the effective bandwidth stands at a whopping 720GB/s. Such insane bandwidths can be achieved thanks to the 22.5Gb/s memory which is 20% faster than last-gen. The 4080 16GB is equipped with the state-of-the-art AD103 GPU and 9,728 CUDA Cores for that extra compute performance. To top it off, it consumes just 320W of power. Read our review of the RTX 4080 here. Not sure which RTX 4080 to go with? You can study the pros and cons of each AIB variant here.