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 NVIDIA RTX 4080 Founders Edition
Focusing on the NVIDIA RTX 4080 Founders Edition, it retains the same heavy cooling that the RTX 4090 uses. Combined with the relatively high efficiency of the RTX 4080 and we have a very cool card. Averaging at around 55*C gaming load, NVIDIA’s Flow-Through cooler is somewhat of an overkill here. So much of an overkill in fact that it usually takes 10 or more for this card to reach the point where it has to crank the fans even when put under 4K load. The card itself is tuned very conservatively and could’ve used the dual BIOS feature that many partner cards are using on their OC boards although NVIDIA, despite their non-reference board design, still adheres to their set power targets.
At $1199 or Php84,200, the RTX 4080 is quite expensive and despite its stellar performance-per-watt ratio, the cost of entry is quite steep but regardless, the RTX 4080 in most cases will recoup that cost in overall efficiency. NVIDIA’s RTX 4080 Founders Edition is the lowest idling card we have tested amongst the RTX 4080s with the MSI SUPRIM X RTX 4080 having an aggressive idle draw of 40W which is the highest we’ve seen, higher than the 28w+ we’ve seen on the RTX 4090.
Perhaps launching the RTX 4080 by itself left excitement for this launch a little weak or maybe because of the looming arrival of AMD’s RTX 7900 XTX and 7900 XT that consumers are keeping their enthusiam in check. AMD may indeeded present a convincing argument with their cards if speculations are to be believed but again, a reminder that NVIDIA has always positioned their xx80 card in the $600 mark which should give plenty of wiggle room should AMD show up. For now, NVIDIA’s RTX 30 series particularly the RTX 3080 Ti and RTX 3090 could be an alternative to the RTX 4080, but from a frames-per-watt standpoint, the RTX 4080 easily edges both older cards, albeit for a premium.
To wrap-up, the NVIDIA RTX 4080 is an impressive upgrade especially if you’re in the space where you can take advantage of every technology feature that NVIDIA has thrown into the card. Be it gamer, streamer, content creator, CG professional or video editor, the RTX 4080 servers as both a gaming card and workstation GPU in one without the massive power draw of the RTX 4090. As of this moment, the RTX 4080 sits next to the RTX 4090 as the second most powerful GPU on the planet right now.