Great specs, size and price. We tested the high-end of NVIDIA .
The NVIDIA 40 Series brings us an interesting generational leap, but it comes first because of its higher range.
The RTX 4090 hit the market first, followed by the RTX 4080 . The younger sister promises performance typical of the “80 class”, although at prices higher than previous generations. This has been our experience.
RTX 4080 Features
16GB of GDDR6X VRAM
2.51 GHz Boost Frequency
9728 CUDA cores
The RTX 4080 is a big card, it’s more in a sense positioned as a more reasonable buy than its big brother, the 4090 .
Passing 2 kilos in weight and larger than its predecessors, the RTX 4080 will probably require an upgrade in your cabinet.
16 GB of video memory and performance improvements make it a choice for users with high refresh rate 4K monitors or those who want to “fly” in frames per second at 1440P. Those who are looking for the best and latest.
RTX 4080 performance at 4K
We consider 4K the resolution that an RTX 4080 user should aim for. For 1440P, both NVIDIA and AMD have very good alternatives in their previous generation.
In traditional raster, the RTX 4080 has formidable competition with AMD ‘s RX 7900 XTX in 4K.
Watch Dogs: Legion represented a slight win for AMD’s proposal, but the RTX 4080 has a more consistent 1% minimum frame rate.
In Horizon Zero Dawn , the RTX 4080 narrowly takes the win and also shows superior 1% consistency. This number is important to care about as it will help you have a smoother gaming experience, especially if you have a 4K monitor with a high refresh rate
Ray Tracing, DLSS and FSR?
When it comes to Ray Tracing, NVIDIA shines brighter, although AMD has shown good progress in its second generation.
With DLSS 3 in this generation, it also offers advanced supersampling technology with a large number of games supported. NVIDIA cards can also use FSR, AMD ‘s supersampling technology , so there’s “no loss” if your games have FSR and not DLSS.
First, let’s go to the ray traced results without the help of DLSS or FSR.
AMD shows its advances in both Shadow of the Tomb Raider even though this game only has shadow ray tracing. Likewise, the RTX 4080 has more than optimal results with still a 1% advantage.
Far Cry 6 gives us very even results. That is to say, this game has the “sponsor” of AMD, so there is a good optimization.
We started to see a distance in Watch Dogs: Legion, with NVIDIA very close to 60 frames per second at “Very High”. The RX 7900 XTX isn’t far behind, but the green team’s advantage is clear.
And here we go to heavyweight. Cyberpunk 2077 is quite a demanding game even with Ray Tracing on “ Medium ” in 4K . The RTX 4080 passes the “playable” 30 frames per second, even at 1%. Radeon ‘s proposal does lag behind.
And the supersampling?
In the case of Watch Dogs: Legion , the DLSS implementation only allows us to supersample on the RTX 4080 . We used DLSS in Quality and hit close to 100 frames per second.
FSR does allow us to use it with the RTX 4080 despite being an AMD technology, obtaining an interesting jump in frames per second on both AMD and NVIDIA .
In Cyberpunk 2077 we used DLSS for the RTX 4080 and FSR for the Radeon cards, keeping the advantage of the RTX 4080
Temperatures and power consumption
This model of the RTX 4080 also offers quite reasonable temperatures, barely passing 60 ° C. Seriously, that’s pretty reasonable temperatures that we’ve come to expect from such a cooling solution.
Despite the fact that the RTX 4080 has an advertised consumption of 350W, even playing Cyberpunk 2077 was not close to this number, being closer to the 300W mole.
And we have to talk about the PCIe Gen 5 connector that NVIDIA has opted for since this generation. The key recommendation is DO NOT CRUSH IT. If your cabinet panels seem to be crushing it, this could lead to problems.
A power source of at least 750W is also recommended.
Is NVIDIA’s RTX 4080 worth it?
This is not a product for everyone. It is aimed at the user who wants the latest and is at the forefront.
The RTX 4080 is an option especially if you’re looking for great 4K performance. Let’s be clear, you should take advantage of it with a 4K monitor with a high refresh rate and a system to match, with a state-of-the-art processor.
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On the other hand, if you bought the high-end 30-series or Radeon 6000 and don’t notice problems in your games, wait for another generation. The proposal of the previous generation is still good and it will depend on the adoption and improvement of technologies like DLSS 3 how attractive these new video cards will be.
Likewise, we are talking about a video card that in Peru starts (IN SELECTED OFFERS) above 1,400 dollars.
Let’s remember that the Founders Edition models do not officially arrive in Peru, so the user will have to opt for the designs of partner brands such as Asus, MSI, Gigabyte, among others.