The upcoming Nvidia RTX 4080 – or RTX 5080 if the company skips ahead – could be the best graphics card money can buy, especially if you find the potential price of the RTX 4090 offputting. While it won’t be top in terms of spec, the RTX 3080 successor should still offer enthusiast levels of performance that stretch beyond the boundaries of mid-tier options.
Grabbing an RTX 4080 graphics card might not be too difficult later this year after the crypto bubble burst and both GPU and CPU shortages are coming to an end. Nvidia even reportedly spent $10 billion securing RTX 4000 series components to ensure it won’t fall behind the demand, although it might be kicking itself now that it’s stuck with copious amounts of RTX 4000 chips.
Chip politics and manufacturing mumbo-jumbo aside, you’re probably eager to learn more about Nvidia’s next-gen graphics card. To help shallow the waters of the speculation sea, we’ve gathered everything we know so far about RTX 4090 release date rumours, potential price, possible specs, and what it could benchmark at.
Here’s everything we know about the Nvidia RTX 4080 GPU:
Nvidia RTX 4080 price speculation
The GeForce RTX 4080 hasn’t got an official price yet, and current graphics card costs across the board continue to fluctuate. This makes pricing predictions particularly difficult, as the MSRP of Nvidia’s RTX 4000 GPU lineup might fall away from established trends. That said, if pricing continues to hover around MSRP, the RTX 4080 could cost $699 USD, just like Nvidia’s RTX 3080 should have at launch.
Nvidia RTX 4080 release date rumours
Nvidia is keeping the official RTX 4000 release date close to its chest, but there are several rumours flying about. While the RTX 4080 is supposedly meant to land in October, 2022, sources tell Moore’s Law Is Dead that an overabundance of next-generation chips could lead Nvidia to delay the RTX 4000 GPU launch until December, 2022, as it gets rid of its current stock.
The company traditionally launches next-gen graphics cards every two years, with the current-gen RTX 3000 series making its debut back in 2020. Naturally, this bolsters claims that new Lovelace architecture should emerge this year, but you it’s worth taking any word of the GPU’s arrival with a hearty grain of salt.
Looking back on hardware leaker Kopite7kimi’s claims, a “mid-July” reveal looks more than a little optimistic in light of recent news.
Nvidia RTX 4080 specs rumours
Just like the RTX 4090, the RTX 4080 wields Nvidia’s new Ada Lovelace architecture, and both graphics cards use the same AD102 GPU. According to harukaze5719, the chip features 71% more CUDA cores than the RTX 3000 series.
Recent insider information courtesy of Kopite7kimi suggests the RTX 4080 will come equipped with GDDR6 memory. Naturally, this puts more of a performance gap between the RTX 4080 and RTX 4090, as the latter should wield GDDR6X.
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Nvidia’s high-end graphics card also comes equipped with a new 12-pin PCIe Gen 5 power connector, designed to receive 600W from PSUs over a single cable. So, if you’re planning to switch out your current GPU, you might need to either upgrade your power supply or grab an adapter that converts 6+2 configurations.
Nvidia RTX 4080 benchmark rumors
The true abilities of Nvidia’s RTX 4000 series are largely shrouded in mystery, but leaks help give us an idea of what to expect in terms of RTX 4080 benchmarks. Insiders close to Moore’s Law is Dead say the AD102 GPU boasts a 60-80% performance increase, which should help us boost fps at even higher resolutions.
In terms of power consumption, rumours relayed by Kopite7kimi suggest the RTX 4080 come with a TDP of 450W. If you’re already rocking a high-wattage power supply, you probably won’t need to fork out a replacement. However, the graphics card’s AD102 can apparently guzzle an egregious 850W, so the GPU could potentially match the RTX 4090’s greed.
Credits to Damien Mason