RTX 4080 Benchmarks Show It’s Nearly 70 Percent More Powerful Than the RTX 3080

From ExtremeTech: Nvidia’s RTX 4080 16GB will officially launch next week on Nov. 16. As the slightly more affordable 40-series GPU, there’s strong interest in its gaming chops. Now some preliminary benchmarks have been released showing it could indeed be a very powerful GPU. You might not be able to buy one, but it’s still interesting to see where it stands. It’ll be even more interesting to see how it fares against AMD’s RDNA3 GPUs. Sadly those aren’t launching until Dec. 13, so we’ll need to be patient.

The RTX 4080 16GB benchmarks were posted by Videocardz, which didn’t reveal their sources. They only note they have acquired them. They also posted overclocked results, which look promising. But as always, your mileage may vary. The site notes it tested a “semi-custom” model with an Nvidia reference design PCB. They didn’t post any photos of the board, though, so it’s unclear which model they tested. The card was tested at stock settings, then with 10W added to its power limit, and then overclocked.

Overall, overclocking offered a nine percent boost in 3DMark TimeSpy, and a seven percent boost in Port Royal. That’s nothing to scoff at, as typically overclocking an Nvidia GPU beyond what its own mechanisms are capable of offers minimal gains. That might be different with the 40-series and their massive coolers, though. The RTX 4080 16GB Founders Edition is the same size as the 4090. Add-in boards (AIBs) from partners will likely be equally massive.

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