Final thoughts on the RTX 4080
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 marks a big change in the GPU landscape but one something we’ve already been anticipating since 2021. Today we’re taking a look at graphics cards from NVIDIA, ASUS ROG, GIGABYTE AORUS and MSI with more cards to follow.
The RTX 4090 made big waves when it launched and has nearly lapped every modern card in existence and those coming soon. NVIDIA also made sure there’s still space to grow, maybe as their final weapon like the RTX 3090 Ti but moving our perspective to the RTX 4080, things do look a bit different. While the RTX 4090 went all guns blazing, the RTX 4080 is positioned as a more conservative player when directly compared to its bigger brother but for the most part, performance is excellent and with 4K monitors becoming more and more accessible, the true advantage fo the RTX 4080 shines when used in 4K gaming.
Only Cyberpunk at 4K with ray tracing enabled pushed the RTX 4080 to its knees at only Ultra mode but thankfully Cyberpunk 2077 is one of the technology partners for NVIDIA that promises Frame Generation: a key feature of DLSS3. WIth DLSS33, Frame Generation in-use along with ray tracing and Reflex, we get to see what NVIDIA refers to as the full-stack innovation for Ada Lovelace. For esports gamers looking to just max-out their FPS, you’d be very CPU restricted even with the latest flagship CPUs from both Intel and NVIDIA especially on low settings so if you’re planning to go for those upcoming 1080p 500Hz monitors, a framecap may be in order or I would recommend the potential xx70 entries in the RTX 40 line-up.
Final thoughts on the AORUS RTX 4080 Master
I actually liked these lights in the older Aorus cards so its nice to see them back but RGB and LCD aside, the biggest thing about this card is its size. And I think its fair to bring to the front when considering this card as objetively, you’re really going to be limited on what cases you can use with the AORUS RTX 4080 Master.
Unlike the MSI, NVIDIA FE and ROG Strix, the AORUS RTX 4080 Master is extremely wide as well as long. It outweighs the other RTX 4080 we have which is not an easy feat considering these are practically the largest consumer GPUs ever made in terms of cooling design. In actual world usage, due to the size of the heatsink, AORUS tunes the RTX 4080 Master to immediately zero out its fans so in most lighter load you’d notice the fans never spinning and it looks really weird seeing the fan start and stop in some cases.
The design looks really different from previous cards and the blocky, design just doesn’t communicate well when oversized. The AORUS RTX 4080 is a massive card and with a purpose but doesn’t should’ve been smarter in a way to reduce its footprint. I have no issues with the performance, the cooling, the RGB, heck I’d even forgive the chibi Aorus mascot GIF on the tiny LCD (I’ll get back to that in a bit), but if a GPU requires users to have a chassis change, you realize it was an after thought in the design process.
Sure you can fix this with a vertical GPU mount, but that’s another expense. If you feel I’m being unfair to the AORUS card for being big than say versus the ROG Strix, that’s because it is almost an entire inch wider. My personal chassis is a Corsair 5000X, big enough to house most giant GPUs but the AORUS card just barely touches the side panel so there’s no room to neatly and safely connect the 12VHPWR which is still unknown why there are cases that the connectors are melting.
You have to pardon the rant because at the end of the day, this is a Php99,800 graphics card. Its western SRP could be lower but Philippine SRP is roughly $1740. Many people will already have a problem with that so any additional cost is definitely something to consider. Because unlike the MSI SUPRIM X who’s conservative scale saves it from many of the size-related issues that the RTX 4080s suffer from, the AORUS RTX 4080 Master puts itself in a niche category, the same kind where you can fit a 480mm radiator.
I made it a point to drive it to you reading this how complicted the sizing issue is so please check your case if you can fit any of these cards. With that out of the way, let’s talk about the positives. As mentioned, cooling is great and the LCD screen comes in handy in seeing just how cool this card. The fans are fairly quiet and the RGB can be controlled to behave how you want it or disable it altogether. A quarter of the the card itself is passthru which adds airflow to your case and if your card and front panel are close, its definitely going to help in cooling. Efficiency is middling with the AORUS RTX 4080 Master drawing just a little bit more than the FE and less than the SUPRIM.
In closing, if you have the chassis that can house this monster of a card, then you get the benefit of having an effectively cooled RTX 4080 with excellent performance. GIGABYTE could’ve desIgned this card to have a smaller footprint and its unnecessarily large but ultimately, there is nothing else bad I can say about the AORUS RTX 4080 Master: an enormous card with quiet cooling.