Nvidia RTX 4080 Super

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Nvidia has upgraded selected parts of its graphics card, which have now been added to the expected Super upgrade with associated post-corrections.

The official Nvidia price for the original RTX 4080 card is at the time of writing £1,139. ​​It’s interesting to note that this card is sold out, while the RTX 4080 Super is priced at £959.

It’s the same GPU chip, the AD103 chip, with 10,240 vs. 9,728 CUDA cores that primarily handle common computational tasks, plus 320 vs. 304 TMUs (Texture Mapping Units), while the Render Output Units etc are the same, as is the 16GB of GDDR6X VRAM you get. There are 320 Tensor cores and 80 Ray-Tracing cores. The base/boost clock has gone from 2205 MHz/2505 MHz to 2295/2550 MHz – it’s not much, but it helps.

What we’ve tested here is the Founder’s Edition, the base card, the reference card, if you will. Unfortunately, not many of them are produced, and the £959 price tag is typically on the low end for graphics cards from other manufacturers. With the RTX 4080, we unfortunately saw that the RTX 4080 cards from other brands quickly cost 20% more, often with the excuse that the card was overclocked further.

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Now you can get a card that on paper is better for a lot less money – great. But unfortunately, the deciding factor is still what these third-party manufacturers want to sell their cards for, and how much optimization is required for the card to perform at its very best.

The card itself is a modern design classic – Nvidia’s industrial and functional design with many cooling fins, only in black, and which alternates between glossy surfaces and visible cooling fins. It is beautiful, and the fans are kept in the same style. But it is also massive, with proportions of 14×30 cm and 6 cm thickness. I would guess that it also weighs around a kilo and a half.

We measured a slightly higher power consumption than Nvidia stated, at 287.4 watts, with some peaks of 304 watts. But considering that it delivers 4K with Ray-Tracing, it’s perfectly acceptable. The noise is also part of the picture. It’s low-frequency and constant, so it’s surprisingly subtle and unobtrusive considering we measured 47.1dB.

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The Ada Lovelace architecture it’s all built on is still solid, so it’s great to see the price come down a notch.

Here are the benchmarks, tested on a Z790 system with an Intel i9-13900K processor, 48GB DDR-6000 DDR5 RAM and an NVMe 5.0 drive.

3D benchmark3D benchmark.

  • Time Spy: 26528
  • Time Spy Extreme: 14011
  • Speedway: 7449
  • Port Royal: 18187

Total War: Warhammer III

  • 1080p: 187.60
  • 1440p: 138.10
  • 4K: 75.40

Red Dead Redemption 2

  • 1080p: 162.15
  • 1440p: 152.10
  • 4K: 96.75

Cyberpunk 2077
Ultra with Ray-Tracing Ultra/Ultra without Ray-Tracing

  • 1080p: 208.99/270.35
  • 1440p: 163.09/199.75
  • 4K: 109.76/130.6

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

  • 1080p: 226
  • 1440p: 181
  • 4K: 113

Far Cry 6

  • 1080p: 125
  • 1440p: 125
  • 4K: 90

    All in all, I’m a little impressed. To me, this is mainly about hiding a price cut in response to being in real competition with AMD for the first time in years. We actually see up to 20% improvements, not only compared to the older RTX 4070 Ti Super, but also compared to the RTX 4080. However, this applies in very special cases. If you have one of the older RTX 4080 cards, or one that is heavily overclocked, the difference will be close to zero.

    Where there used to be a big lead for AMD’s RX 7900 XTX in titles other than Ray-Tracing, the RTX 4080 Super has actually caught up quite a bit, and the price will often be almost the same. Again, it’s very difficult to give yourself or others advice on what to buy, as it depends on individual use and needs. But it can only be an advantage for consumers that the competition on the graphics card front is in full swing again.


The article is in Norwegian

Tags: Nvidia RTX Super

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