We're not going to spend a lot of effort dissecting the 1080p gaming results. Yes, the RTX 4080 can run 1080p ultra very fast — about as fast as anything currently available. Perhaps a CPU upgrade would create more of a separation, but with our 12900K, the 4090 is only 8% faster than the 4080 for our standard test suite, though it remains 26% faster with the ray tracing games.
Naturally, the high-end previous generation cards also manage 1080p just fine for the most part. Because of that, the RTX 4080 only beats the 3090 Ti by 10%, RTX 3080 Ti by 18%, and the 3080 10GB by 26%. AMD's RX 6950 XT continues to perform very well at 1080p, thanks to its large Infinity Cache, and the 4080 lead shrinks to just 5% — with half of the games in our standard suite favoring the AMD card.
Ray tracing at maxed-out settings still isn't "easy," however. Compared to the RTX 30-series cards in the charts, the 1080p ultra DXR margins of victory are basically the same as at 1440p. The 4080 is also still 90% faster than the RX 6950 XT. We didn't bother with DLSS testing at 1080p, but it should still provide a decent boost.
Even so, the RTX 4080 really isn't built for 1080p gaming. Lighter games might run at 480 fps on the latest and greatest 1080p monitors, but they'd probably run just as fast on a slightly cheaper GPU as well. Perhaps in the next couple of years, games will again get more demanding and the 4080 might start to become less CPU limited, but we recommend it mostly for higher-resolution displays.
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My CAD does OpenGL, too
A 3080 and up will run everything at 2K...and with high refresh rates with DLSS.
Go big or go home and let this GPU sit! Force Nvidia's hand to lower prices.
You can't have 2 halo products when there's no demand and the previous gen still exist.
man how i wish folks could just get a grip on themselves and let these just sit on shelves for a couple months while Nvidia gets a much needed reality check. but alas they'll sell out in minutes just like always sigh
Even when they have the best graphics ever, the gameplay is not worth it.
Cloud gaming suddenly looks more attractive when I realize I won't need to pay to run a GPU at 300 watt.
The running cost of GPU should now be part of reviews imo.
Considering how much people in Europe, Japan, and South East Asia are now paying for electricity and how much these new GPU consume.
Household appliances with similar power usage, usually have their running cost discussed in reviews.
Things are bad again! I waited for 18-months or more for the scalpers to finally disappear with the 30-series dilemma! Now I am waiting-out the cable melting issue along with the basic unavailability of the 4090’s. Then the RTX 4080 is being thrown into the mix or already existing NVIDIA mess. When will we finally see the light in this seemingly neverending GPU saga? Enough said!