Nvidia RTX 4080 – release date, price, specs, and benchmarks

Will the green team's next high-end graphics card prove to be a worthy RTX 3080 successor? Here's everything we know about the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 GPU

Nvidia RTX 4080 GPU with green backdrop

The Nvidia RTX 4080 is now officially a thing, and could be the GPU for you. While it doesn’t beat the flagship RTX 4090, the RTX 3080 successor still offers enthusiast levels of performance that stretch beyond the boundaries of mid-tier options, but it’s by no means cheap.

Taking aim at the best graphics card crown, Nvidia originally announced two RTX 4080 graphics cards during its GTC keynote reveal. Since then, the green team has ‘unlaunched’ its lower-spec 12GB model, amid criticisms that it was merely an overclocked RTX 4070. If you’re curious to see what we think of the remaining GPU, check out our Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 review.

To help shallow Nvidia’s sea of announced specs, we’ve gathered everything we know about RTX 4080 release date, price, specs, and benchmark rumours.

Here’s everything we know about the Nvidia RTX 4080 GPU:

The ADA GPU die that powers that RTX 4000 series, including the RTX 4080

Nvidia RTX 4080 price

The Nvidia RTX 4080 priceis a little loftier than many were expecting, setting you back $1,199 USD / £1,269 GBP. This is nearly double the MSRP of the RTX 3080, which landed on shelves at $699 in 2020, bucking the trend of incremental $100 price jumps.

Compared to its rival, the RTX 4080 is also $200 more expensive than the top AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX, and $300 pricier than the 7900 XT. Only time will tell how these graphics cards stack up against one another, however.

Nvidia RTX 4080 release date

The Nvidia RTX 4080 release date lands on November 16 – roughly one month after the RTX 4090 graphics card’s debut. Currently, there’s no sign of an RTX 4060 or 4070, but the RTX 4070 Ti could be a repurposed 12GB RTX 4080.

Wondering where to buy an RTX 4080? We’ve compiled a handy list of retailers that should have stock at launch.

An illustration of Nvidia DLSS, reconstructing a black and green racer car

Nvidia RTX 4080 specs

Official Nvidia RTX 4080 specs have finally arrived, and the high-end card will pack 9,728 CUDA cores, a 2.51GHz boost clock, and a 256-bit memory bus. Now that the 12GB model isn’t happening, the only version that’s available is the 16GB variant.

RTX 4080 16GB RTX 4080 12GB (cancelled)
VRAM (GDDR6X) 16GB 12GB
Boost clock 2.51GHz 2.61GHz
Base clock 2.21GHz 2.31GHz
CUDA cores 9,728 7,680
Ray tracing cores Third generation Third generation
Tensor cores Fourth generation Fourth generation
Bus width 256-bit 192-bit

Nvidia’s high-end graphics card also comes equipped with a new 12-pin PCIe Gen 5 power connector, designed to receive 600W from PSUs over a single cable. So, if you’re planning to switch out your current GPU, you might need to either upgrade your power supply or grab an adapter that converts 6+2 configurations.

A bar chart showing performance data of both the RTX 4080 16GB and RTX 4080 12GB compared to the RTX 3080 Ti

Nvidia RTX 4080 benchmarks

Nvidia RTX 4080 benchmarks were shared by team green during its GeForce Beyond event, during which the company claimed that its new flagship graphics card is “2-4x faster than the 3080 Ti”.

In our Nvidia RTX 4080 review, we found that the card is capable of fantastic 4K performance, pushing triple-figure frame rates on ultra settings in some games. It can even push some games at 8K over 60fps with the help of DLSS 3, giving it some level of future-proofing should you fancy a monitor upgrade in 2023.

Don’t just take our word for it, though. Here’s a round up of reviews so you can see what others think about the new PC part.