Rumour indicates that NVIDIA might be BIOS locking the memory bus forcing 12GB to 10 GB on RTX 3080

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  1. Astyanax

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    only the review samples will be locked in this way.
     
  2. Maddness

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    Why do you say that
     
  3. Astyanax

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    Because its normal?
     
  4. nevcairiel

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    There is a difference however if you know 100% that the chips can run faster, and you limited them because... who knows. Its not OC potential that anyone can try to get at their own risk - which may or may not work in all circumstances, and you might give up warranty.
    If they unlocked those frequencies in BIOS for everyone, transparently, then all the hardware was capable, and it was only locked down because they felt like it.
     

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    It doesn't matter if all of the memory CAN operate at a higher frequency. It only matters that the memory can operate at the specified frequency. Locking memory below it's maximum capable frequency has been an industry standard practice for at least as long as DDR/gDDR has existed. There is literally nothing fraudulent about it, unlike charging customers for an extra 2 GB of ram that they are artificially locked from accessing.
     
  6. nevcairiel

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    If you keep it locked forever, then its just a positioning question. But if you decide to unlock it later because your competition was faster then expected... then this is the exact same thing as being suggested here.
     

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