It is still a capable card, but is NVIDIA really bringing it back? We don’t know, but the interesting thing is that a user on the Quasar Zone forum submitted a busted EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC2 graphics card to the company for warranty repair or replacement, and seems to have received a brand new model in return. The card has a production date of 2021, as indicated by its serial number.
Another user in the thread claims they also received a recently produced GeForce GTX 1080 Ti from EVGA, from its FTW lineup. It is not unusual for companies to have stock on hand for this purpose, or to continue making new cards for a period of time. But the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti came out four years ago (March 2017).
There are multiple different possibilities here. One is that EVGA still has Pascal GPUs on hand, and is making cards for warranty claims. The other is that NVIDIA has quietly ordered and sent out older generation GPUs to its add-in board (AIB) partners, while we all wait for newer generation GPUs to be more plentiful.
We’ll be keeping an eye on this situation to see if anything further develops.