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NVIDIA RTX 4080 overview: A (barely) extra sensible 4K gaming titan

Picture Credit score: Devindra Hardawar/Engadget

So what do these numbers imply in follow? The RTX 4080 scored round 3,500 fewer factors in 3DMark’s TimeSpy Excessive benchmark in comparison with the 4090. But when that extra highly effective card did not exist, the 4080 can be probably the most succesful GPU we have ever reviewed. Its TimeSpy Excessive rating was about 50 p.c greater than the 3080 Ti, and it reached a snug 130fps whereas enjoying Halo Infinite in 4K with all of its graphics settings maxed out. Seeing Cyberpunk 2077 hit 74fps in 4K with extremely ray tracing settings (and the assistance of DLSS 3) almost introduced a tear to my eye.

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3DMark TimeSpy Excessive

Port Royal (Ray Tracing)

Management

Blender

NVIDIA RTX 4090

12,879

17,780/82fps

4K (Native) Excessive RT: 42 fps

9,310

NVIDIA RTX 3090

16,464

25,405/117.62 fps

4K (Native) Excessive RT: 107 fps

12,335

NVIDIA RTX 3080 Ti

8,683

12,948/59.95fps

4K (Native) Med RT: 43 fps

5,940

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT

7,713

9,104/42.15fps

4K (Native) No RT: 28-40 fps

N/A

A phrase on DLSS 3: It is NVIDIA’s newest AI resolution that may take lower-quality imagery and upscale it to greater resolutions. However along with intelligently sharpening edges and upgrading textures, DLSS 3 may inject interpolated frames to clean out 4K gameplay. Whereas I can sometimes spot points with notably low high quality DLSS upscaling, I did not discover any uncommon framerate hiccups whereas testing Cyberpunk and A Plague Story: Requiem with the know-how enabled.

The one actual draw back to the RTX 4080 is that I can not assist however evaluate it to the 4090. That very same Cyberpunk ray tracing benchmark was nearly twice as quick on the 4090, reaching an eye-watering 135 fps. It additionally hit a 40-fps-higher common framerate within the 3DMark Port Royal ray tracing benchmark. Nonetheless, these are the types of positive factors solely probably the most devoted players will discover, the precise marketplace for the 4090. On the subject of precise 4K gameplay, even with ray tracing in demanding video games like Management, I by no means felt held again by the RTX 4080.

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And in the event you’re on the lookout for extra efficiency, overclocking is all the time an choice. I did not have an opportunity to take action myself, however the 4080’s thermal efficiency makes me assume there’s loads of room for pushing issues more durable. It by no means climbed past 61 celsius throughout my testing, round 10 levels cooler than the 4090. That is a testomony to NVIDIA’s glorious cooling setup (and maybe partially attributable to my workplace being barely cooler this month).

The actual query: Is it value settling for the 4080 if there’s an opportunity you may really be capable to purchase the 4090 for $1,599? In the mean time, most on-line retailers are promoting 4090 playing cards for properly above $2,000. It sounds loopy to say it, however the $1,199 card looks as if a steal with that gulf. However, after all, who is aware of how lengthy you’ll discover the RTX 4080 at its launch worth. It seemingly will not be too lengthy earlier than it creeps in direction of the 4090’s greater tag.

And if paying greater than $1,000 for a video card appears insane to you — and let’s be clear, it ought to — sit tight to see what NVIDIA’s future playing cards seem like. We’re positively anticipating RTX 4070, 4060 and 4050 playing cards ultimately, however the the query is when. (Additionally, what the heck will NVIDIA do with its deliberate $899 4080 GPU? Does that change into the 4070?) AMD’s flagship RDNA 3 GPUs will launch beneath $1,000, and on the entry degree, Intel’s new Arc GPUs are surprisingly compelling.

All in all, the RTX 4080 is strictly what I would need from an RTX 3080 Ti successor. It is quicker and has loads of new options to make it a demonstrable leap from the earlier playing cards. I am not saying you ought to be upgrading your 3080 anytime quickly, however in the event you one way or the other stumble onto $1,199, I would not blame you for being tempted by the 4080.

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