If you’re debating which of the new RT 40 series graphics cards to upgrade to, the Nvidia RTX 4080 Super will no doubt be on your radar. As a direct upgrade to the RTX 4080 and a cheaper option to the RTX 4090, is the new GPU from Nvidia worth the cost?
RTX 4080 Super benchmark results
Looking at many of the benchmark tests of the Nvidia RTX 4080 Super, we see a negligible difference between this and the regular 4080 predecessor. This doesn’t bode well for its more expensive counterpart.
In stress tests, the FPS counter was within 3 or 4 frames of the RTX 4080, running 1440p Ultra settings. This more or less puts the RTX 4080 in the grave as it provides almost the same performance with a larger $200 price tag. However, the much more powerful and pricey RTX 4090 still sits solidly ahead of all the competition.
The Nvidia RTX 4080 Super can pull an impressive 244 FPS at Nightmare settings running Doom Eternal at 1440p. At peak 4k Nightmare settings, Doom Eternal still hit an astounding 170 FPS. This is a graphics card that won’t struggle to keep your favorite triple-A games running smooth as butter for a long time to come.
With the RTX 4080 Super’s improved CUDA cores from the regular 4080, we see an improved power performance across the board for the RTX 4080 Super. An average power consumption of 290 Watts can be seen under the AAA gaming load. This is almost exactly the same as its original edition. This increased power consumption and output over the previous editions provides a more powerful card, able to withstand the demands of modern gaming.
The new 4080 series of cards brought out by Nvidia are both running at 320W. This is a slight step up from the previous 30 series cards. If you’re looking to upgrade your gear, make sure you have the power supply to back it up.
A sign of a well-made card — with effective fans and thoughtfully placed hardware — is its running temperature. Taking a look at some of the Nvidia RTX 4080 Super stress tests, it sees the card coming out very reasonably compared to its counterparts. With an average running temp of 66c after running at full gaming load for 30 minutes, it sits exactly where we would expect it to.
The running temperature is by no means the coolest of the pack. However, with the output provided, it is still very impressive.
RTX 4080 Super reviews
Nvidia’s latest card in their collection has come out to some mixed reviews. Of course, the card itself packs a serious punch. There is no doubt Team Green is still king of the hill. However, the blatant greed shown with their GPU pricing compared to competitors has marred their name somewhat. Now, with the release of this almost carbon copy of the RTX 4080, the price cut may be enough to bring some fans back.
Now the RTX 4080 Super costs $200 less than its previous edition. This moves much closer to the price people are expecting. The Radeon RX 7900 XTX was originally retailed at $1000 and can now be picked up for even less. Anyone shopping for a GPU in this kind of performance range would have been much better off opting for the cheaper, and yet a very formidable option from Radeon.
Now, with the price drop that doesn’t come with a performance drop, the RTX 4080 Super is the best bet for anyone looking for that middle to upper range of GPUs. The RTX 4080 Super promises to deliver top-quality FPS at high resolution for a long time to come.
Nvidia has some serious tech up its sleeve. It is these little extras that keep Team Green still ahead of the pack. Comparing the Nvidia RTX 4080 Super to the Radeon 7900 XTX just shows where the newest release comes out on top.
Nvidia packs its monumental Ray Tracing, DLSS, and Frame Reconstruction tech into its cards. These are what really make the Nvidia range of cards stand out in the market. Of course, other competing companies are working their way towards their own answers to these fantastic bonuses. But, currently, Nvidia reigns supreme.
What really stands out in performance for the RTX 4080 Super compared to its competitors is the drastically reduced power usage. Across the board, the 4080 series is outstripping its competitors in power usage while still providing the processing power. They may be more expensive in the short term, but your bills will thank you.
RTX 4080 Super Conclusion
If you have bought yourself an RTX 4080 in the past few months, then I am sorry. Your card has now lost value dramatically with the release of the RTX 4080 Super. The new card is basically a carbon copy of the previous one with just a smaller price tag.
Is the card worth the $1000 price tag? Maybe. Of course, these days, there is little competition in the GPU world. Only the 7900 XTX really poses any kind of alternative to the 40 series graphics cards from Nvidia. If you want a GPU that can run your favorite games at 4k and in beautifully high FPS, then the $1000 price tag is unavoidable. However, if you’re willing to take a slight hit — and slight is the word — then the RTX 4070 series is worth a look.
High performance at low power is the name of the game. Despite the huge size of the card and massive output, the card comes with low energy costs. At the same price point as its competitors, the choice seems like a no-brainer. The RTX 4090 Super isn’t blowing the market wide open; it’s just price-matching its competitors.