NVIDIA reportedly resumes production of GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GPU

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti may be on its way back into production, some four years after its release.

After sending in their older 1080 Ti for RMA (Returns Merchandise Authorization), a user on Quasar Zone reported having received a 1080 Ti manufactured in 2021 (via NotebookCheck).

When Twitter user Harukaze investigated the claim further, the user sent him the new GPU's serial number. The number confirmed the GPU in question was an EVGA GTX 1080 Ti SC, produced in 2021.

Why is NVIDIA manufacturing the GTX 1080 Ti?

Taking a more conservative stance, NVIDIA could simply produce a few GTX 1080 Ti's specifically for RMA. If this is the case, then the GTX 1080 Ti won't likely return to storefronts.

However, maybe NVIDIA could instead re-launch its GTX 1080 Ti amid global GPU shortages. Cryptocurrency miners, scalpers, and a surge in PC gamers amid the COVID-19 pandemic have contributed to this scarcity.

The company has already restarted manufacturing for older GPUs, including the GTX 1050 and GTX 1650, meaning we can't rule out a similar situation here.

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What is the GTX 1080 Ti?

First released in 2017, the GTX 1080 Ti is the flagship Pascal-based GPU that marked NVIDIA's shift away from Maxwell architecture. Featuring 11GB of RAM, it remains a popular graphics card among cryptocurrency miners.

The GTX 1080 Ti was priced at $699 when it first launched, although it is unknown whether NVIDIA will keep this pricing if it re-released the graphics card.

We'll need to wait for any official confirmation from NVIDIA before conclusively celebrating the return of the iconic GPU, however.

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