Nvidia RTX 4080 Super review

If you are a user of the RTX 30 series, this card is one of the best options to see serious differences.
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Nvidia RTX 4080 Super review - W3Tekno
Our Verdict
Reasons To Buy
  • Excellent build quality
  • Support for up to four screens
  • Excellent ray tracing performance
  • Reasons To Avoid
  • Non-ATX 3.0 workstations need to use supplied power adapter
  • Nvidia is producing cards at a really fast pace and each new series is an improvement over the previous one. That hasn't changed with the 40 Series cards and the recently released Nvidia RTX 4080 Super. While the Nvidia 30 Series graphics cards are still great options, there has been a noticeable improvement in performance over these cards, which are still among the best.

    However, the Nvidia 40 Series saw more incremental improvements. With strong benchmark scores, the 4080 and 4090 deliver outstanding performance for both gaming and video creation.

    Nvidia RTX 4080 Super review - W3Tekno

    So what does the addition of the Super editions to the mid-range range achieve? In addition to the £200 price drop from the Founder's Edition, there's undoubtedly a small performance boost. That alone certainly doesn't justify an upgrade though, especially since the expected 20GB of VRAM is still not available and 16GB of GDDR6X memory is slightly faster than before.

    However, for those using a Series 30 or older card, the benefits of the Nvidia RTX 4080 Super are significant as it remains one of the highest performing cards available. According to test findings, this card is the second fastest GPU in the GeForce family, beating only the much more expensive Goliath 4090.

    Render power users will have a great experience because the 4080 Super excels at ray tracing. This is backed up by Cinebench test findings, and playing games like Cyberpunk 2077 yields equally outstanding results.

    Nvidia RTX 4080 Super review - W3Tekno

    Keep in mind that this is a very powerful board. It is large and heavy enough to ship with a support arm for your case to avoid overloading your connections. It requires 750 watts of system power and an adapter for the power cables is available for people without ATX 3.0 cases.

    The distinctions between GPUs for gaming and artistic purposes used to be clear, but are now blurred.
    Some of Nvidia's GPUs can be configured to use studio drivers, which work differently from general consumer drivers and are better suited for DCCs such as 3D animation and rendering.
    This is not an additional expense, but it is worth investigating as it has an impact on how the GPU is used in this case.

    If you prefer glass-sided cases with interiors reminiscent of Blackpool Pleasure Beach, you'll appreciate the style of the Nvidia RTX 4080 Super. It has a nice shell, a single large fan for cooling and a slightly glowing white logo. Not only does this big fan perform well, but it's not as noisy as others when under load. Meanwhile, one HDMI connector and three DisplayPort connections shared by GeForce cards are used to connect to your monitors.

    All things considered, this is an excellent card for 3D artists to use. Despite being one of the most powerful graphics cards available, the Founder's Edition is definitely the better option (visit our guide to the best graphics cards to view more GPUs).

    If your GPU is not the 4090, you should get this one. Although there are no significant speed improvements, the price cut makes it the best card under £1,000 and one of the best low-cost graphics cards when performance and value are taken into account (the Nvidia store charges $1,215 / £960 for it).


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