After Nvidia released the GeForce RTX 4090 on October 12, 2022, an enormously powerful graphics card that is insanely expensive for gamers who think reasonably normal, the GeForce RTX 4080 follows a good month later. However, the good piece is not cheap either: 1469 Team Green has set the recommended price for the Founders Edition. The GeForce RTX 3090 Ti, i.e. the flagship of the previous generation, is 1400 euros. In addition: The current AMD top model Radeon RX 6950 XT is only 3-4 percent slower than the GeForce RTX 3090 Ti and is available from 900 euros, and the Radeon RX 6900, which is again around 3 percent slower, is available from 750 euros.
The new GeForce RTX 4080 is almost twice as expensive as the AMD Radeon RX 6900 and would have to be almost twice as fast to do justice to its price. On top of that, AMD is set to launch the new RDNA3 architecture in four weeks, in the form of the Radeon RX 7900 XT and 7900 XTX, with the latter priced at $999 – in the US, the GeForce RTX 4080 is $1199 Dollar. In today’s special, we can’t go into detail about the upcoming AMD graphics cards.
However, we take a close look at the performance of the GeForce RTX 4080 and also have an overview of the technology. Of course, we will also carry out a price-performance comparison for all graphics cards from the performance class of the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti or AMD Radeon RX 6800.
Even those looking for a cheaper graphics card will find it. Because in an overview graphic you will see all currently relevant graphics cards from the AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT or Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 upwards in a price-performance comparison.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080: The technology
Actually, two new GeForce RTX 4080 should come onto the market: A slightly faster version with 16GB RAM and a version with only 12GB RAM, which should also have a slightly slower GPU despite the name RTX 4080. Fortunately, Nvidia has renounced this model policy, which would have been inevitable for confusion, and has now only released the 16GB version.
The 12GB version could – although these are only guesses – appear in early 2023 as the GeForce RTX 4070 Ti. The GPU of the new Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 is not a slimmed down AD102 that sits in the GeForce RTX 4090, but the new AD103. When it comes to the number of transistors and FP32-ALUS (formerly known as CUDA cores or shader units), the GeForce RTX 4080 has about 40 percent less to offer than the RTX 4090.
The clock values, on the other hand, are close to each other for both graphics card series. The RAM is connected more slowly with the GeForce RTX 4080, so the bandwidth is around 30 percent lower. These are the specifications of the GeForce RTX 4080 compared to the RTX 4090 and the RTX 3080 to 3090 Ti:
GrafikkarteRTX 4090RTX 4080RTX 3090 TiRTX 3090RTX 3080 TiRTX 3080GPUAD102AD103GA102GA102GA102GA102Fläche609 qmm379 qmm628 qmm628 qmm628 qmm628 qmmTransistoren76,3 Mrd.45,9 Mrd.28 Mrd.28 Mrd.28 Mrd.28 Mrd.Fertigung4nm4nm8nm8nm8nm8nmFP32-ALUs1638497281075210496102408704RT-Kerne128 (3.Gen)76 (3. Gen)84 (2.Gen)82 (2.Gen)80 (2.Gen)68 (2.Gen)Basistakt2230 MHz2210 MHz1560 MHz1400 MHz1365 MHz1440 MHzBoosttakt2520 MHz2510 MHz1860 MHz1700 MHz1665 MHz1710 MHzRAM-Menge24GB GDDR6X16GB GDDR6X24GB GDDR6X24GB GDDR6X12GB GDDR6X10GB GDDR6XRAM-Anbindung384 Bit256 Bit384 Bit384 Bit384 Bit320 BitRAM-Bandbreite1008 GB/S717 GB/S1008 GB/S936 GB/s912 GB/s760 GB/sTDP450 Watt320 Watt450 Watt350 Watt350 Watt320 WattPreis (Nvidia UVP)1949 Euro1469 Euro2249 Euro1649 Euro1269 Euro759 EuroMarktpreis ab etwa2200 Euro1550 Euro1400 Euro1260 Euro1200 Euro790 Euro
It is striking that the TDP of the new GeForce RTX 4080 is not higher than that of the GeForce RTX 3080. If the increase in performance is similar to that of the GeForce RTX 4090 compared to the RTX 3090 and the TDP indicates the true power requirement, this would be an enormous gain in power efficiency. You can find out how the GeForce RTX 4080 performs in games on the next page in our analysis of several tests that have already been published.