RTX 4080 SUPER Review

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Testing Methodology for the RTX 4080 SUPER.

Benching Methodology

Test Configuration – Hardware

  • 12th Gen Intel Core i7-12700K (Hyper-Threading/Turbo boost on; stock settings)
  • ASUS PRIME Z690-P D4 motherboard (Intel Z690 chipset, v.1008 BIOS)
  • CORSAIR Vengeance RGB PRO 32GB DDR4 (2×16GB, dual-channel at 3600 MHz XMP)
  • RTX 4080 FE, Stock Clocks, Supplied by Nvidia
  • RTX 4080 SUPER FE, Stock Clocks, Supplied by Nvidia
  • RTX 4070 SUPER FE, Stock Clocks, supplied by Nvidia
  • XFX RX 7700 XT QICK 319, Stock Clocks, Supplied by AMD
  • AMD RADEON RX 7800 XT, Stock Clocks, Supplied by AMD
  • RTX 4070 FE 12GB, stock clocks; supplied by Nvidia
  • ASUS TUF GAMING GeForce RTX 4070 Ti OC Edition 12GB, stock clocks; supplied by Nvidia
  • RTX 3080 FE 10GB, stock clocks
  • RTX 3070 FE, stock clocks
  • 1 x TeamGroup 1 TB NVMe M.2 SSD
  • 2 x WD Blue 1TB SATA SSD
  • Corsair RM850x, 850W 80PLUS Gold power supply unit
  • ALIENWARE 34″ CURVED QD-OLED GAMING MONITOR – AW3423DWF

Test Configuration – Software

  • NVIDIA GeForce 551.31 game-ready press drivers; ‘Prefer maximum performance’ (on a per-game profile basis); Shader Cache Size ‘Unlimited’ (globally); fixed refresh rate (globally).
  • We enable Resizable BAR
  • ‘V-Sync application controlled’ in the control panel; V-Sync off in-game.
  • We note and specify the main in-game display, graphics, AA, and scaling settings in the performance summary charts.
  • Windows 11 64-bit Pro edition, latest updates v22H2, High-performance power plan, HAGS & Game Mode are enabled, Game DVR & Game Bar features off, Control Flow Guard (CFG) off on a per-game basis, Hypervisor and Virtualization-based security are disabled.
  • We do not install ASUS tools.
  • Latest DirectX
  • All games are patched to their latest versions at the time of publication.
  • 3DMark suite, the latest version
  • RivaTuner Statistics Server (RTSS), the latest version
  • FrameView, the latest version
  • Display Driver Uninstaller (DDU), the latest version; always uninstall drivers using DDU in safe mode, clean, and restart.
  • ISLC (Purge Standby List) before each benchmark.

GeForce Driver Suite-related

  • We use DCH Game Ready drivers.
  • The display driver is installed.
  • We install the latest version of PhysX.

Hybrid & Non-Synthetic Tests-related

  • Single run per test.

Game Benchmarks-related

  • We use the corresponding built-in or custom benchmark sequence.

Frametimes Capture

  • We use FrameView for capturing frame times and analyzing the relevant performance numbers obtained from each recorded built-in or custom benchmark sequence.
  • Nvidia Control Panel settings
    Here are the global Nvidia Control Panel settings:

Let’s take a look at Performance on the next Page

3840×2160 Benchmarks

3840×2160 BenchmarksA Plague Tale RequiemAlan Wake 2Cyberpunk 2077 UltraResident Evil 4 UltraF1 2023
RTX 307024.324.829.841.570.2
RTX 308038.639.843.454.3102.6
RTX 4060 8GB28.420.421.327.6
RTX 4060 Ti 8GB31.825.225.432.8
XFX RX 7700 XT QICK 31942.629.732.848.4
AMD RADEON RX 7800 XT49.940.142.159.8108.1
RTX 407047.338.629.349.685.9
RTX 4070 SUPER55.642.438.557.2100.1
RTX 4071 Ti60.146.345.762.4114.5
RTX 4071 Ti SUPER66.451.653.568.3126.9
RTX 408078.357.858.680.3147.8
RTX 4080 SUPER80.459.159.481.2149.6

2560×1440 Benchmarks

1440p BenchmarksShadow of the Tomb Raider (Ultra)Cyberpunk 2077 UltraCyberpunk 2077 + DLSS 2 QualityCyberpunk 2077 + DLSS 3 Quality + RTChernoblyte Ultra + RT + DLSSChernoblyte Ultra + RT
RTX 3070114.348.268.5054.332.7
RTX 30801576389011862
RTX 4060 8GB10552.572.487.549.734.5
RTX 4060 Ti 8GB109.567.878.690.554.543.4
XFX RX 7700 XT QICK 319137.879.2N/AN/AN/A37.8
AMD RADEON RX 7800 XT158.990.4N/AN/AN/A41.6
RTX 407015966.78111712161
RTX 4070 SUPER18680.5102.2130.2126.269.8
RTX 4071 Ti19789.510314613276
RTX 4071 Ti SUPER203118128.6166.4139.180.3
RTX 4080219.6124.6143.1171.6141.385.6
RTX 4080 SUPER223.9125.8143.8172141.989.1
1440p BenchmarksResident Evil 4 UltraResident Evil 4 Ultra + RTA Plague Tale RequiemAlan Wake 2
RTX 307076.872.970.249.8
RTX 3080979287.666.6
RTX 4060 8GB74.270.859.440.8
RTX 4060 Ti 8GB60.4458.365.347.9
XFX RX 7700 XT QICK 319139.8N/A77.160.3
AMD RADEON RX 7800 XT164.8N/A90.272.4
RTX 40701019485.664.4
RTX 4070 SUPER105.394.8103.574.1
RTX 4071 Ti131116107.878.7
RTX 4071 Ti SUPER139.7121.4115.484.9
RTX 4080147.3127.6137.191.6
RTX 4080 SUPER150.6128.3140.292.8

1920×1080 Benchmarks

1920×1080 BenchamarksShadow of the Tomb Raider (Ultra)Cyberpunk 2077 UltraResident Evil 4 UltraA Plague Tale RequiemAlan Wake 2F1 2023
RTX 3070160497789.265.6142.6
RTX 3080205125.4115.6122.488.2183.6
RTX 4060 8GB14289.885.388.754.6
RTX 4060 Ti 8GB17895.490.393.261.2
XFX RX 7700 XT QICK 319198114.6116.2107.286.8
AMD RADEON RX 7800 XT219129.2141.9120.894.3194.3
RTX 4070238118.6123.2121.781.5190.8
RTX 4070 Super292142.6143.3140.698.6193.3
RTX 4071 Ti289153.6153.2153.7100.4210.6
RTX 4071 Ti SUPER308165.4175.6169.7118.2227.9
RTX 4080314172.1181189.5126.1254.6
RTX 4080 SUPER316173.8186.5194.6131.3259.2

Conclusion: The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 SUPER is an exceptional choice for gamers and professionals seeking top-tier performance, AI-enhanced capabilities, and groundbreaking graphics technologies. Its combination of power, efficiency, and features makes it a standout choice in its category.

Though slightly underwhelming, it’s worth noting that the RTX 4080 SUPER remains an excellent card for gaming. When it comes to pure rasterization, the AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX may lead by a slim margin (we do not have one to test), but the 4080 SUPER compensates with far better RT performance. Nonetheless, NVIDIA has utilized the full potential of the GPU, avoiding any limitations on its units, although higher clock speeds and power limits might have yielded additional, albeit small, improvements.

There is zero reason to consider a RTX 4080 at this time. If there is a steep sale with remaining stock or a used card you may find success there and will not miss out on much. We are very surprised that the RTX 4080 SUPER mostly ends up at 1%-4% on average over the RTX 4080 FE. Now that Nvidia’s “SUPER” refreshes are complete we still believe the RTX 4070 SUPER is the card of choice for 90% of gamers if you must have the latest and greatest or an 7800XT.

Consider an RTX 4070 Ti if you are looking for a lower priced card that performs well or a 7800XT or even a 7900XT. This is a lot of money but if you’re moving to 4k or have a high refresh rate monitor at 1440p this is a nice offering. The 4070 Ti SUPER needs a price drop at this time to perform better in the market and I hope gamers can find this RTX 4080 SUPER at MSRP. This does not reach RTX 4090 levels so this is also not close to that. AMD’s powerhouse $999 7900 XTX cards sit right in competition with this card and we wish we had one to compare – but looking at the current market it is going to depend on which features are important to you and DLSS 3.5 and others from Team Green are extremely impressive and tempting.

Happy Gaming!