Nvidia has had a bit of a turbulent time lately, but it looks like the upcoming GeForce RTX 4080 graphics card could send our hype levels soaring again. That’s thanks to a new leak, which suggests the GPU could be up to 15% faster than the RTX 3090 Ti – which itself was the most powerful graphics card in Team Green’s previous RTX 3000 generation.
The leak, that was… reported by Wccftech (opens in new tab)contains what appears to be several benchmark test results of the RTX 4080, which – if accurate – give us an idea of the kind of performance the upcoming GPU will be able to offer.
Benchmark results are of course not the only performance indicator and we cannot verify these results. Even if they to be indeed really, the RTX 4080 may be using early pre-release drivers, which can affect performance.
But from what we can see here, there is certainly reason to be excited.
In the CUDA Geekbench 5 benchmark, the RTX 4080 apparently scored 300.7k points, making it about 15% faster than the RTX 3090 Ti, and a massive 45% faster than the RTX 3080, which, as the name suggests, is the card. is which the 4080 is supposed to replace.
However, the gap between the 4080 and the high-end RTX 4090 above it is quite large, with the 4080 reportedly being 30% slower than the top-spec card.
The OpenCL benchmark shows a similar pattern, with the 4080 being 9% faster than the RTX 3090 Ti and 37.5% faster than the RTX 3080. However, the RTX 4090 is 36% faster than the 4080 in these results.
In the latest leaked Geekbench 5 test, which tests how the GPUs perform with Vulkan API workloads, the RTX 4080 again beats the mighty RTX 3090 TI – but this time only by 5.5%. It is also 20% faster than the RTX 3080 and 45% slower than the RTX 4090.
Analysis: what does this mean?
While benchmark scores, especially unverified for an unreleased GPU, only tell us a bit of the story, they at least give us an idea of where to set our expectations.
Looking at the performance gap between the RTX 3080 and the RTX 4080, there seems to be a big generational jump, so 3080 owners may be very tempted to buy a 4080. However, the 4080 will launch for $1,199 (about £1,050 / AU$1,790), which is quite a bit higher than the $699 (£649, about AU$950) the 3080 should launch at.
Of course, in reality, the RTX 3080 often sold for much more than that, due to stock shortages, and while prices have come down, the RTX 4080 will still be an attractive purchase if available at face value.
The fact that the RTX 4080 appears to be more powerful than the RTX 3090 Ti is also pretty exciting, especially since the 3090 Ti is a flagship card that sold for a whopping $1,999 (about £1,600 / AU$2,700).
This makes the RTX 4080 look like an impressive value, although it is still expensive in its own right. However, people who have used the RTX 3090 Ti are likely to be true enthusiasts who want the best, and the slim performance boost the 4080 offers is unlikely to please, despite the much lower price. Instead, they will look at how much more powerful the 4090 is, and go for it.
However, for people who can’t afford the 4090, the 4080 could be an excellent choice that still beats the best 3000 series GPUs.
We’ll know more when we get an RTX 4080 for review and run our full suite of benchmark tests. Will the 4080 be good enough to make it into our best graphics card list? With the launch scheduled for November 16, we won’t have long to wait to find out.