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 best graphics card money can buy. While it won’t beat the flagship RTX 4090, the RTX 3080 successor should still offer enthusiast levels of performance that stretch beyond the boundaries of mid-tier options.

We now know two RTX 4080 models are on the way, thanks to a GTC keynote reveal by Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang. While the 12GB model should appeal to gamers on a budget, a 16GB variant will help enthusiasts achieve higher resolutions using the best gaming monitor.

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 price varies depending on the model that you buy, with pricing for the RTX 4080 12GB starting at $899 USD / £949 GBP while the RTX 4080 16GB will set you back $1,199 USD / £1,269 GBP.

However, the RTX 4080 12GB will not have a Founders Edition model to keep this MSRP in check, so expect to pay slightly more as board partners apply custom cooling solutions to the GPU.

Nvidia RTX 4080 release date

The Nvidia RTX 4080 release date is scheduled for some time in November, a month after the flagship RTX 4000 GPU, the RTX 4090, makes its debut.

Pre-orders aren’t live yet for the Founders Edition or AIB models, but there is a notification system available over on Nvidia’s official site.

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

Nvidia RTX 4080 specs

Official Nvidia RTX 4080 specs are now available and we now know there will be two versions of the graphics card.

The RTX 4080 16GB packs 9,728 CUDA cores, a 2.51GHz boost clock, and a 256-bit memory bus. Meanwhile, the RTX 4080 12GB appears much more cut down than its sibling, with 7,680 CUDA cores and a 192-bit bus, but with slightly higher clock speeds.

RTX 4080 16GB RTX 4080 12GB
VRAM (GDDR6X) 16GB 16GB
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”.

We’ll have to wait until we get our hands on these GPUs to verify these performance claims, but it appears that there is a performance difference between the RTX 4080 16GB and RTX 4080 12GB. Regardless, Nvidia DLSS 3.0 should help both cards push out even more frames per second.