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First Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Founders Edition benchmarks: Easily edges past RTX 3090 Ti and RX 6950 XT

Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 FE in review. (Image Source: Nvidia)
Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 FE in review. (Image Source: Nvidia)
Our first Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 FE benchmarks are here. While full reviews of the RTX 4090 FE and RTX 4080 FE are underway, these benchmarks indicate that Nvidia's AD103 GPU performs significantly faster than the RTX 3080 Ti while also providing a perceivable performance advantage over the RTX 3090 Ti and RX 6950 XT in synthetics and gaming.

The Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 is the company's latest mainstream gaming GPU succeeding the likes of the RTX 3080 Ti. Nvidia claims that the RTX 4080 is twice as fast as the RTX 3080 Ti and can even beat the RTX 3090 Ti in most workloads.

For those not aware, the RTX 4080 features 9,728 CUDA cores, 304 4th gen Tensor cores, 76 3rd gen RT cores, and a 2,505 MHz boost clock. The RTX 4080 uses the AD103 GPU unlike the RTX 4090's near-complete AD102 die. The card utilizes 16 GB of GDDR6X RAM over a 256-bit memory interface.

Nvidia targets a 320 W TGP for the card but notes that Ada GPUs only use as much power needed for the given workload as the architecture is no longer power-limited unlike Ampere.

Our RTX 4090 FE and RTX 4080 FE reviews are being finalized, but we thought we'll share some initial benchmarks of these cards for the moment. 

3DMark performance: Good leads over the RX 6950 XT and RTX 3090 Ti

In 3DMark, the RTX 4080 FE trails behind the RTX 4090 FE by 20%. But in comparison with the Radeon RX 6950 XT, we see a 14% benefit with AD103 in the Graphics components of all 3DMark tests put together. The card also leads by a healthy 39% when compared to the average RTX 3090 and the average RTX 3080 Ti, which is commendable.

We will look into more synthetic, compute, and professional application benchmarks in our final review.

Performance Rating - Percent
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090
Intel Core i9-13900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090
100 pt
Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 FE
Intel Core i9-13900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080
80.1 pt
AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X, AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT
70.1 pt
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
65.7 pt
AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
60.3 pt
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
 
58 pt
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
Intel Core i9-13900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
57.9 pt
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
 
57.9 pt
AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
57 pt
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
 
50.3 pt
Average NVIDIA Titan RTX
 
44.3 pt
Average of class Desktop
 
40.1 pt
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090
Intel Core i9-13900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090
99834 Points +15%
Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 FE
Intel Core i9-13900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080
86838 Points
AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X, AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT
70480 Points -19%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
69481 Points -20%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
  (59799 - 62189, n=4)
60987 Points -30%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
  (55144 - 66934, n=16)
60854 Points -30%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
Intel Core i9-13900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
59972 Points -31%
AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
59119 Points -32%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
  (47287 - 57662, n=4)
53094 Points -39%
AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
52046 Points -40%
Average NVIDIA Titan RTX
  (43461 - 51863, n=30)
49062 Points -44%
Average of class Desktop
  (650 - 104464, n=38, last 2 years)
42847 Points -51%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090
Intel Core i9-13900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090
65879 Points +12%
AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X, AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT
60092 Points +2%
Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 FE
Intel Core i9-13900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080
58893 Points
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
53110 Points -10%
AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
50587 Points -14%
AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
49735 Points -16%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
Intel Core i9-13900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
47241 Points -20%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
  (45785 - 48709, n=4)
47180 Points -20%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
  (41298 - 49282, n=16)
46854 Points -20%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
  (37604 - 40910, n=2)
39257 Points -33%
Average NVIDIA Titan RTX
  (33377 - 40910, n=30)
36062 Points -39%
Average of class Desktop
  (523 - 70246, n=36, last 2 years)
27008 Points -54%
3840x2160 Fire Strike Ultra Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090
Intel Core i9-13900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090
24276 Points +42%
Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 FE
Intel Core i9-13900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080
17122 Points
AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X, AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT
14978 Points -13%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
14026 Points -18%
AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
13370 Points -22%
AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
12626 Points -26%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
  (11613 - 12587, n=13)
12305 Points -28%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
Intel Core i9-13900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
12301 Points -28%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
  (12050 - 12341, n=4)
12173 Points -29%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
  (10645 - 10793, n=2)
10719 Points -37%
Average NVIDIA Titan RTX
  (8461 - 10793, n=29)
8868 Points -48%
Average of class Desktop
  (141 - 24650, n=25, last 2 years)
8722 Points -49%
Fire Strike Extreme Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090
Intel Core i9-13900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090
44295 Points +32%
Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 FE
Intel Core i9-13900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080
33475 Points
AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X, AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT
29704 Points -11%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
26797 Points -20%
AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
26650 Points -20%
AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
25015 Points -25%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
Intel Core i9-13900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
23839 Points -29%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
  (22075 - 24730, n=13)
23822 Points -29%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
  (23127 - 24250, n=4)
23668 Points -29%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
  (20007 - 20861, n=2)
20434 Points -39%
Average of class Desktop
  (881 - 44549, n=24, last 2 years)
17653 Points -47%
Average NVIDIA Titan RTX
  (16484 - 20861, n=29)
17649 Points -47%
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090
Intel Core i9-13900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090
36101 Points +28%
Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 FE
Intel Core i9-13900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080
28133 Points
AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X, AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT
21719 Points -23%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
21645 Points -23%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
  (18685 - 20433, n=16)
19254 Points -32%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
  (19041 - 19460, n=4)
19237 Points -32%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
Intel Core i9-13900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
19198 Points -32%
AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
18210 Points -35%
AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
17603 Points -37%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
  (17467 - 17604, n=2)
17536 Points -38%
Average NVIDIA Titan RTX
  (14216 - 15283, n=29)
14884 Points -47%
Average of class Desktop
  (173 - 37589, n=35, last 2 years)
14815 Points -47%

Gaming performance: Not very far from the RTX 4090

While synthetic benchmarks are helpful, games present a somewhat different paradigm. Despite sporting a more than 68% higher CUDA core count, the RTX 4090's performance advantage does not scale as linearly in comparison with the RTX 4080. There can be many reasons for this, such as game engine optimizations, CPU bottlenecks, and so on.

At the moment, the RTX 4090 leads the RTX 4080 by 25% in tested games. However, the RTX 4080 is able to offer a 20% lead over the RTX 3090 Ti, which launched as a US$1,999 card. Compared to the Radeon RX 6950 XT, we see that Nvidia is able to offer a significant 37% benefit in raster.

Performance Rating - Percent
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090
Intel Core i9-13900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090
99.9 pt
Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 FE
Intel Core i9-13900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080
85.9 pt
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
71.6 pt
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 -6!
Intel Core i9-13900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
64 pt
Average of class Desktop
 
63.9 pt
AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X, AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT
62.9 pt
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
 
62.3 pt
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
 
61.6 pt
AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
54.7 pt
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
 
53.3 pt
AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
50.8 pt
Average NVIDIA Titan RTX
 
45.2 pt
The Witcher 3
3840x2160 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090
Intel Core i9-13900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090
274 (243min, 244.12P1 - 313max) fps +34%
Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 FE
Intel Core i9-13900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080
204 (183min, 183.55P1 - 227max) fps
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
172.9 (152min, 152.57P1 - 188max) fps -15%
Average of class Desktop
  (16.1 - 282, n=21, last 2 years)
162.3 fps -20%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
  (149 - 156.8, n=4)
152.4 fps -25%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
Intel Core i9-13900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
151.6 (24.7min, 114.1P0.1, 131.8P1 - 659max) fps -26%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
  (128 - 160.2, n=12)
151.5 fps -26%
AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X, AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT
139.7 (10.4min, 105.6P0.1, 118.6P1 - 388max) fps -32%
AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
122 (105min, 105P1 - 134max) fps -40%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
  (114 - 115, n=2)
114.5 fps -44%
AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
110 (97min - 117max) fps -46%
Average NVIDIA Titan RTX
  (94 - 107.1, n=28)
102.4 fps -50%
1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090
Intel Core i9-13900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090
297 (271min, 271P1 - 345max) fps +17%
Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 FE
Intel Core i9-13900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080
254 (227min, 227P1 - 291max) fps
AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X, AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT
205 (10.2min, 109.8P0.1, 161.2P1 - 334max) fps -19%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti (110% PT)
196.3 (192min, 193P1 - 200max) fps -23%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti (100% PT)
193.4 (173min, 173.56P1 - 221max) fps -24%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
  (174 - 184.6, n=4)
180.2 fps -29%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
  (160 - 192.6, n=16)
179.9 fps -29%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
Intel Core i9-13900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
179.8 (98.3min, 120.2P0.1, 148.7P1 - 458max) fps -29%
AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
163.6 (139min - 179max) fps -36%
AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
160 (138min - 179max) fps -37%
Average of class Desktop
  (3.9 - 314, n=30, last 2 years)
157.9 fps -38%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
  (145 - 152, n=2)
148.5 fps -42%
Average NVIDIA Titan RTX
  (124 - 150, n=28)
137.7 fps -46%
Metro Exodus
3840x2160 Ultra Quality AF:16x
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090
Intel Core i9-13900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090
135 (72.48min - 235.85max) fps +28%
Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 FE
Intel Core i9-13900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080
105.7 (67.17min - 159.57max) fps
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
84.3 (52.3min - 132.19max) fps -20%
Average of class Desktop
  (8.47 - 138.5, n=21, last 2 years)
82.7 fps -22%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
Intel Core i9-13900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
76.2 (48.9min - 128.44max) fps -28%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
  (74.2 - 77.1, n=4)
75.7 fps -28%
AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X, AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT
75 (50.07min - 98.87max) fps -29%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
  (70.6 - 77.3, n=12)
75 fps -29%
AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
66.7 (42.71min - 92.25max) fps -37%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
  (64.1 - 65.9, n=2)
65 fps -39%
AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
56.3 (40.14min - 64.28max) fps -47%
Average NVIDIA Titan RTX
  (51.3 - 57.9, n=27)
54.9 fps -48%
2560x1440 Ultra Quality AF:16x
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090
Intel Core i9-13900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090
176 (81.25min - 295.51max) fps +13%
Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 FE
Intel Core i9-13900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080
155.1 (77.58min - 279.33max) fps
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
125.3 (64.48min - 207.3max) fps -19%
Average of class Desktop
  (14.8 - 181.3, n=21, last 2 years)
119.4 fps -23%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
Intel Core i9-13900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
116.4 (67.43min - 207.51max) fps -25%
AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X, AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT
115.5 (70.52min - 164.02max) fps -26%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
  (110 - 118, n=4)
114 fps -26%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
  (102 - 118.2, n=12)
113.2 fps -27%
AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
102 (59.52min - 156.84max) fps -34%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
  (92.2 - 97.4, n=2)
94.8 fps -39%
AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
94.6 (55.44min - 143.68max) fps -39%
Average NVIDIA Titan RTX
  (69 - 92.9, n=26)
84 fps -46%
1920x1080 Ultra Quality AF:16x
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090
Intel Core i9-13900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090
191.2 (84.99min - 313.09max) fps +6%
Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 FE
Intel Core i9-13900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080
180 (82.56min - 319.08max) fps
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
145.9 (68.14min - 232.99max) fps -19%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
Intel Core i9-13900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
141.3 (72.08min - 276.09max) fps -21%
AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X, AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT
140 (81.08min - 211.37max) fps -22%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
  (131 - 144.2, n=5)
135.4 fps -25%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
  (108 - 145, n=12)
135.3 fps -25%
AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
123 (67.67min - 199.52max) fps -32%
Average of class Desktop
  (5.22 - 194.7, n=25, last 2 years)
118.2 fps -34%
AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
115 (64.52min - 181.92max) fps -36%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
  (111 - 116, n=2)
113.5 fps -37%
Average NVIDIA Titan RTX
  (73 - 116, n=27)
102.2 fps -43%
Control
3840x2160 High Quality Preset (DX11)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090
Intel Core i9-13900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090
107.7 (83.4min, 85.3P0.1, 91.1P1 - 134.9max) fps +30%
Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 FE
Intel Core i9-13900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080
82.6 (15.4min, 68.7P0.1, 71.9P1 - 374max) fps
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
73.9 (46.2min, 53.2P0.1, 62.6P1 - 167max) fps -11%
Average of class Desktop
  (30.3 - 114.4, n=13, last 2 years)
65.4 fps -21%
AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X, AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT
64.8 (33.1min, 33.6P0.1, 36.3P1 - 255max) fps -22%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
  (63.9 - 64.9, n=3)
64.3 fps -22%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
  (61.3 - 66, n=4)
63 fps -24%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
  (56.2 - 56.7, n=2)
56.5 fps -32%
AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
54.7 (39.8min, 41.7P0.1, 44.9P1 - 65.8max) fps -34%
AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT (SAM ENABLED)
53.9 (36.6min, 41.7P0.1, 43.5P1 - 64.9max) fps -35%
AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
51.6 (46min - 58max) fps -38%
Average NVIDIA Titan RTX
  (45.2 - 47.3, n=3)
46.5 fps -44%
2560x1440 High Quality Preset (DX11)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090
Intel Core i9-13900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090
201 (84.1min, 146.6P0.1, 159P1 - 509max) fps +22%
Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 FE
Intel Core i9-13900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080
164.2 (59.2min, 121.2P0.1, 135.5P1 - 753max) fps
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
142.5 (51.8min, 81.9P0.1, 115.5P1 - 567max) fps -13%
AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X, AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT
133.5 (73.5min, 75.3P0.1, 83.4P1 - 389max) fps -19%
Average of class Desktop
  (60.9 - 232, n=13, last 2 years)
128.9 fps -21%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
  (122 - 125.5, n=3)
123.8 fps -25%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
  (115.8 - 123.7, n=4)
120.1 fps -27%
AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
113 (71.5min, 73.2P0.1, 79.6P1 - 164max) fps -31%
AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT (SAM ENABLED)
113 (68min, 71.3P0.1, 81.1P1 - 193max) fps -31%
AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
108 (93min - 123max) fps -34%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
  (105 - 106, n=2)
105.5 fps -36%
Average NVIDIA Titan RTX
  (89 - 93.6, n=3)
91.5 fps -44%
1920x1080 High Quality Preset (DX11)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090
Intel Core i9-13900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090
238 (14.4min, 62.9P0.1, 153.8P1 - 672max) fps +2%
Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 FE
Intel Core i9-13900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080
233 (7.49min, 27.2P0.1, 156.1P1 - 694max) fps
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
209 (55.6min, 119.8P0.1, 162.7P1 - 646max) fps -10%
AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X, AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT
205 (45.2min, 129.1P0.1, 150.8P1 - 390max) fps -12%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
  (181 - 190.7, n=3)
186.2 fps -20%
Average of class Desktop
  (93.7 - 238, n=13, last 2 years)
180.6 fps -22%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
  (172.2 - 189.2, n=4)
178.1 fps -24%
AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
175 (56.8min, 96P0.1, 112P1 - 314max) fps -25%
AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT (SAM ENABLED)
174 (54min, 99P0.1, 112P1 - 335max) fps -25%
AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
168 (145min - 194max) fps -28%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
  (151 - 155, n=2)
153 fps -34%
Average NVIDIA Titan RTX
  (135 - 141.9, n=3)
137.3 fps -41%
Borderlands 3
3840x2160 Badass Overall Quality (DX11)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090
Intel Core i9-13900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090
133.4 fps +39%
Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 FE
Intel Core i9-13900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080
95.7 fps
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
83.8 fps -12%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
Intel Core i9-13900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
73.1 fps -24%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
  (68 - 75.3, n=12)
72.8 fps -24%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
  (71.2 - 74, n=4)
72.8 fps -24%
Average of class Desktop
  (5.54 - 133.4, n=20, last 2 years)
72.5 fps -24%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
  (61.5 - 61.9, n=2)
61.7 fps -36%
AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X, AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT
59.9 fps -37%
AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT (SAM ENABLED)
59.8 fps -38%
AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
57.1 fps -40%
AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
53.6 fps -44%
Average NVIDIA Titan RTX
  (46 - 52.8, n=29)
47.3 fps -51%
2560x1440 Badass Overall Quality (DX11)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090
Intel Core i9-13900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090
190 fps +11%
Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 FE
Intel Core i9-13900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080
170.5 fps
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
143.1 fps -16%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
Intel Core i9-13900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
128.3 fps -25%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
  (114 - 130.2, n=4)
124.5 fps -27%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
  (105 - 131.6, n=12)
123.2 fps -28%
Average of class Desktop
  (13.4 - 190, n=21, last 2 years)
117.2 fps -31%
AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X, AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT
110 fps -35%
AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT (SAM ENABLED)
107 fps -37%
AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
105 fps -38%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
  (95.7 - 103, n=2)
99.4 fps -42%
AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
93.6 fps -45%
Average NVIDIA Titan RTX
  (74 - 93.1, n=29)
84.7 fps -50%
1920x1080 Badass Overall Quality (DX11)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090
Intel Core i9-13900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090
201 fps +1%
Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 FE
Intel Core i9-13900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080
199.4 fps
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
173.3 fps -13%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
Intel Core i9-13900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
163 fps -18%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
  (129 - 164.9, n=4)
151.5 fps -24%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
  (117 - 165, n=12)
149.1 fps -25%
AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT (SAM ENABLED)
131 fps -34%
AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
130 fps -35%
AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X, AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT
128.5 fps -36%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
  (117 - 128, n=2)
122.5 fps -39%
Average of class Desktop
  (5.32 - 201, n=25, last 2 years)
120.8 fps -39%
AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
120 fps -40%
Average NVIDIA Titan RTX
  (77.2 - 128.7, n=29)
112 fps -44%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
3840x2160 Highest Preset AA:T
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090
Intel Core i9-13900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090
182 fps +36%
Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 FE
Intel Core i9-13900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080
134 fps
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
106 fps -21%
Average of class Desktop
  (33 - 186, n=18, last 2 years)
101.4 fps -24%
AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X, AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT
97.4 fps -27%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
Intel Core i9-13900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
97.1 fps -28%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
  (89.3 - 99.7, n=12)
96.4 fps -28%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
  (93 - 98.6, n=3)
95.1 fps -29%
AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT (SAM ENABLED)
86 fps -36%
AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
84 fps -37%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
  (83.9 - 87.9, n=2)
85.9 fps -36%
AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
79.6 fps -41%
Average NVIDIA Titan RTX
  (59 - 71.1, n=24)
66.9 fps -50%
2560x1440 Highest Preset AA:T
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090
Intel Core i9-13900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090
282 fps +14%
Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 FE
Intel Core i9-13900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080
248 fps
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
184 fps -26%
AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X, AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT
184 fps -26%
Average of class Desktop
  (61 - 282, n=19, last 2 years)
170.1 fps -31%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
Intel Core i9-13900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
167.4 fps -32%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
  (137 - 172.3, n=12)
165.6 fps -33%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
  (157 - 173.3, n=3)
164.8 fps -34%
AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT (SAM ENABLED)
163 fps -34%
AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
155 fps -37%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
  (147 - 152, n=2)
149.5 fps -40%
AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
148 fps -40%
Average NVIDIA Titan RTX
  (98 - 128, n=23)
117.8 fps -52%
1920x1080 Highest Preset AA:T
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090
Intel Core i9-13900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090
306 fps +1%
Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 FE
Intel Core i9-13900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080
303 fps
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
244 fps -19%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
Intel Core i9-13900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
230 fps -24%
AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X, AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT
227 fps -25%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
  (178 - 238, n=3)
209 fps -31%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
  (145 - 240, n=14)
204 fps -33%
AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
202 fps -33%
AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT (SAM ENABLED)
199 fps -34%
AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
194 fps -36%
Average of class Desktop
  (10.5 - 306, n=22, last 2 years)
190.6 fps -37%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
  (177 - 185, n=2)
181 fps -40%
Average NVIDIA Titan RTX
  (106 - 178.8, n=24)
149.5 fps -51%
Mafia Definitive Edition
3840x2160 High Preset
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090
Intel Core i9-13900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090
160.2 (42.5min, 66.5P0.1, 122.8P1 - 370max) fps +39%
Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 FE
Intel Core i9-13900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080
115.6 (34.7min, 70.3P0.1, 99.3P1 - 305max) fps
Average of class Desktop
  (72.3 - 160.2, n=9, last 2 years)
99.5 fps -14%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
99.2 (29.7min, 56P0.1, 77.1P1 - 331max) fps -14%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
  (84.5 - 89.1, n=2)
86.8 fps -25%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
 
86.6 fps -25%
AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X, AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT
80.4 (44.2min, 56.8P0.1, 70.5P1 - 154.4max) fps -30%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
  (78.1 - 78.2, n=2)
78.2 fps -32%
AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
67 (32.3min, 41.7P0.1, 44.7P1 - 211max) fps -42%
Average NVIDIA Titan RTX
 
63.4 fps -45%
AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
62.6 (28min, 37.6P0.1, 49.2P1 - 87.3max) fps -46%
2560x1440 High Preset
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090
Intel Core i9-13900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090
238 (71.6min, 84.3P0.1, 162.7P1 - 422max) fps +11%
Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 FE
Intel Core i9-13900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080
214 (100.6min, 149.1P0.1, 172.3P1 - 322max) fps
Average of class Desktop
  (141.1 - 238, n=9, last 2 years)
179.1 fps -16%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
173.9 (73.1min, 101.4P0.1, 134.6P1 - 324max) fps -19%
AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X, AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT
156.2 (30min, 87.3P0.1, 114P1 - 260max) fps -27%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
  (142.3 - 149, n=2)
145.7 fps -32%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
 
142 fps -34%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
  (127 - 137, n=2)
132 fps -38%
AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
120 (17.6min, 61.2P0.1, 83.1P1 - 238max) fps -44%
AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
112 (23.5min, 64P0.1, 80.8P1 - 169max) fps -48%
Average NVIDIA Titan RTX
 
109 fps -49%
1920x1080 High Preset
Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 FE
Intel Core i9-13900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080
260 (58.1min, 133.7P0.1, 187.5P1 - 469max) fps
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090
Intel Core i9-13900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090
255 (80.7min, 89.2P0.1, 169.4P1 - 479max) fps -2%
Average of class Desktop
  (207 - 260, n=9, last 2 years)
233 fps -10%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti
231 (84.7min, 116.2P0.1, 160.4P1 - 402max) fps -11%
AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X, AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT
175.5 (38.6min, 86.6P0.1, 117.6P1 - 349max) fps -32%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
 
163 fps -37%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
  (157 - 158.8, n=2)
157.9 fps -39%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
  (144 - 169, n=2)
156.5 fps -40%
AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
138 (32.8min, 68.1P0.1, 90.2P1 - 334max) fps -47%
Average NVIDIA Titan RTX
 
123.7 fps -52%
AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
121 (23.7min, 68P0.1, 83.3P1 - 223max) fps -53%

We should note here that the RTX 4090 and RTX 4080 make sense only if you game at maxed out settings at QHD or UHD resolutions. At 1080p Ultra and lower settings, we found that the differences between these cards diminish even with a flagship gaming CPU such as the Core i9-13900K.

You may also encounter situations where the RTX 4080 might offer a few additional frames over the RTX 4090 as you keep dialing down the settings. As game engines get older and cards become disproportionately more powerful, such anomalies aren't uncommon.

We will look into these and other aspects such as ray tracing performance, power consumption, stress tests, and fan noise levels in the full reviews for these cards coming up shortly, so stay tuned.

The Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Founders Edition will be available for US$1,199 from tomorrow alongside other add-in board (AiB) partner cards.

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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2022-11-15 (Update: 2022-11-15)