The first results of independent tests of the GeForce RTX 4080 16 GB video card confirm the excellent performance of the new product and very comfortable fps for playing in 4K mode. Numerous reviews from various sources are already available.
According to the data of the TechPowerUp resource, in 4K mode video card reference model GeForce RTX 4080 16 GB is on average 25% inferior to the flagship of the new line – GeForce RTX 4090 24 GB. At the same time, the novelty is about 50% more productive than its predecessor GeForce RTX 3080 10 GB and has a 16% advantage over the top model of the previous generation – GeForce RTX 3090 Ti 24 GB.
Practical tests showed that the GeForce RTX 4080 was able to provide an average of 121 fps when using the mode with a resolution of 3840×2160. At the same time, of the 25 games tested, only Cyberpunk 2077 failed to exceed the 60 fps mark, getting an average of 56.1 fps.
When ray tracing is activated, the advantage of the new flagship is more noticeable – about 40%, but the GeForce RTX 4080 is faster than the RTX 3090 Ti in such cases.
When the resolution is reduced, the difference in the performance of video cards is significantly reduced. For example, in Full HD the new RTX 4080 is on average only 23% faster than its predecessor RTX 3080, and only 5% inferior to the RTX 4090. Obviously, the older models of the RTX 4000 series are more relevant for 4K, but even in in this case, the cost of one fps will be higher for them than for the same GeForce RTX 3080.
We remind you that the recommended price of the GeForce RTX 4080 is $1199, while the GeForce RTX 3080 started at $699. The increase in the starting price within the RTX xx80 line is as much as 71.5%. Productivity per $ deteriorates, but on the other hand, there are no alternative possibilities to get similar performance in 4K yet. We hope that this is temporary and NVIDIA will still have to review the price tags when the Radeon RX 7900 XT/XTX appears on the market for $899/999.
Returning to the GeForce RTX 4080, good energy efficiency should be noted. The video card is actually invested in the declared TBP of 320 W. In games, the adapter consumed about 304 W of energy, while during execution Furmark needed 316 W. For the same GeForce RTX 3080, it is 336/341 W, and the slower GeForce RTX 3090 Ti in all modes generally consumes more than 500 W under similar conditions. In addition, the GeForce RTX 4080 requires significantly less power than the top model GeForce RTX 4090 24 GB (411/483 W). Probably in this case there will be no unpleasant accidents with damage to the connectors of the additional power supply 12VHPWR.
Overall, the GeForce RTX 4080 looks decent, apart from the very high recommended price. The lack of new adapters also often includes the presence of DisplayPort 1.4a, and not the faster version 2.0/2.1 ports, but the bandwidth of 1.4a is enough to output a 4K@300Hz picture, and the time for gaming in 8K mode has not yet come.