NVIDIA Files Trademarks for 3080, 4080, and 5080 to Block AMD’s GPU Naming Scheme


The FPS Review
Staff member
May 6, 2019
AMD is supposedly releasing a Navi-based GPU called the RX 3080. NVIDIA doesn’t like that rumor at all, for obvious reasons (read: RTX 2080). The company has filed multiple trademarks claiming ownership of the numbers 3080, 4080, and 5080 in response, a clear attempt to get AMD’s naming department to show a little more creativity.

You can’t really blame NVIDIA for trying. AMD’s naming scheme would be enough to convince some buyers that their cards were better due to the similar but higher designation. Things would get even more confusing when/if NVIDIA releases their RTX 30-series.

The idea is simple, you see two products on a shelf and you look at the numbers. X370 must be better than Z270; the number is bigger, right? It's a simple marketing tactic, and it makes sense for AMD to reuse it within the graphics card market. AMD's naming schemes have moved from RX 580 to RX Vega 64 to Radeon VII; it's not like AMD has a defined branding scheme to follow within the GPU market anymore, so why not piggyback on NVIDIA? NVIDIA even went to the effort of changing GTX to RTX on the high-end, simply begging to be confused with AMD's established RX graphics lineup.
It should just be Radeon RX 690, 680, 670 etc.... People understand that's "better" than RX 590, 580, 570... and makes sense could even make a RX 710, 720 to replace Vega, Radeon VII can be re-branded Radeon 730, or something.... stick with the three digit numbers, it could work
I wish they would. AMD's nonsense regarding naming schemes has been annoying in the motherboard world. Going with X370 after Intel's X299 and Z270 boards was irritating. It still is. I'd hated to have seen that on the video card side. Of course, we've sort of seen that before when AMD had four digit numbers for cards while NVIDIA had 3. Now they've switched, and they need to keep them that way.
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