All signs point towards an imminent announcement for the Nvidia RTX 4000 Series, and the Nvidia RTX 4080 is expected to be one of the most powerful graphics cards in the range.
While it may not be the most powerful GPU that Nvidia’s working on (that accolade likely belongs to the also rumoured Nvidia RTX 4090) it may well offer the fastest performance without breaking the $1000/£1000 barrier.
Recent reports from VideoCardz suggest the RTX 4080 could be available in two different flavours: one with 16GB of memory, and another with 12GB.
Nvidia hasn’t confirmed the existence of the RTX 4080 GPU just yet, so everything we know so far is based on rumour and speculation. But we’ve gathered all of the most credible information into this handy guide and will be updating it once more details emerge.
Nvidia has announced it will be hosting a “GeForce Beyond” video showcase on 20 September 2022.
This is likely going to be the time when Nvidia reveals its new range of graphics cards, which should include the RTX 3080.
However, it’s important to note that the graphics card may not be available to buy immediately. Instead, VideoCardz reports that we may have to wait until October for the release.
It should come as no surprise that there’s no word on the price for the Nvidia RTX 4080 just yet.
Nvidia usually likes to stick pretty closely to the same price between generations, with the Nvidia RTX 3080 costing £649/$699 at launch. But we can’t rule out a price hike, especially considering there’s been a GPU silicon shortage in the past couple of years.
The Nvidia RTX 4080 will be based on the new Ada Lovelace architecture, which reportedly features TSMC’s 5nm node. This is a big improvement on the 8nm node found with the existing generation, as having a smaller node allows Nvidia to fit on more transistors in order to boost the performance.
Nvidia is unlikely to rely solely on the architecture improvements when upgrading from RTX 3080 to the RTX 4080. It could potentially also increase the number of CUDA Cores. This would, in theory, let the cards offer better general gaming performance than the current RTX 3080.
Recent reports (via VideoCardz) suggest the Nvidia RTX 4080 could come available in 12GB and 16GB SKUs. Nvidia has also been tipped to upgrade all of its cards with GDDR6X memory for the next generation, but the RTX 3080 already flaunts GDDR6X vRAM.
One cause of concern is that the RTX 4080 could potentially require a lot more power than its predecessor. The Nvidia RTX 4090 has been tipped to feature a 600W TDP, which is a big jump up from the preceding generation. If true, there’s a good chance we could see a similar increase in power consumption for the RTX 4080 too.
This will be an issue for many people looking to upgrade an existing PC. The RTX 3080 and RTX 3080 Ti are outright power hogs, based on our tests. If the RTX 4080 is even more demanding, then most buyers coming off 20-series or older cards will probably need to invest in a new PSU (power supply).