The NVIDIA 4080 and 4090 graphics cards have been revealed, and both GeForce RTX cards appear to be quite tasty. Both the 4080 and 4090 should offer up to twice the performance of NVIDIA’s previous-generation GPUs, as well as the shiny new DLSS3 technology, which helps you get up to four times more performance out of games thanks to clever AI.
Of course, given the ongoing parts shortage, both the 4080 and 4090 are likely to be expensive. PC gaming at the highest levels is not inexpensive. When you want a new GPU that can play ray-traced games at up to four times the speed of last-gen NVIDIA cards, you have to pay up.
If you’re looking to upgrade, you’ll find everything you need to know about the new NVIDIA Ada Lovelace-powered GPUs below, including the release date, specs, price, and pre-order information for the NVIDIA 4080 and 4090.
NVIDIA 4080 and 4090 Release Date
The release date for the NVIDIA RTX 4090 24GB is Wednesday 12th October 2022.
The NVIDIA RTX 4080 16GB, meanwhile, is scheduled for a November 2022 release date. A 12GB edition of the RTX 4080 will also release, presumably on the same date as its 16GB sibling.
You’d better start saving up now because the 4090 and 4080 RTX cards won’t come cheap, even if you do opt for the 12GB edition.
NVIDIA 4080 and 4090 Specs
The architecture of the NVIDIA 4080 and 4090 is similar, but the 4090 has more power under the hood. According to the official NVIDIA website, the GeForce RTX 4090 has 16,384 CUDA Cores, compared to 9,728 in the 16GB edition of the 4080 and 7,680 in the 12GB edition.
The cards are similar, but the additional cores make a difference. Those looking for the best and most cutting-edge will prefer the 4090, which has a total memory bandwidth of 1018GB/s (according to Eurogamer and Digital Foundry), compared to the 4080’s 742GB/s (557GB/s in the 12GB model). To put it simply, the 4090 is a beast.
However, that extra horsepower necessitates an increase in wattage. The RTX 4090 consumes 450W total power, compared to 320W and 285W in the 4080 models. This means that the 4090 will require 850W of total power to run, compared to 750W for the 4080. These are high-power GPUs. The most powerful is the 4090, but at what cost?
NVIDIA 4080 and 4090 Price
The NVIDIA 4080 costs £1269 for the 16GB edition, or £949 for the 12GB model.
The NVIDIA 4090 costs £1649. That’s a lot. You’ve got to pay up for the best, and these cards really are the best when it comes to getting the most out of your library of PC games. Remember to factor in those running costs, too.
NVIDIA 4080 and 4090 Pre-Order
You can currently sign up to be notified of availability for all three of the NVIDIA 4080 and 4090 graphics cards. Simply head to the official NVIDIA website to sign up. The GPUs will be available to buy from the official site, too, so it’s good to have that bookmarked if you’re after either of the new DLSS3-powered cards.
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