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NVIDIA RTX 4080 vs 4080 Super vs 4090: 34 Benchmark Comparisons

NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 4090 is the fastest gaming GPU on the market. With over 16,384 cores spread across 128 SMs and 24GB of GDDR6X memory, it delivers potent 4K performance (usually under 400W). The RTX 4080, on the other hand, features 9,728 cores across 76 SMs with 16GB of GDDR6X memory and a TBP of 320W. The RTX 4080 Super increases the core count to 10,240 while retaining the memory and cache configuration.

GPU DieAD103AD103AD102
RT Cores8076128
Tensor Cores320304512
Base clock2,295 MHz2,205 MHz2,235 MHz
Boost clock2,550 MHz2,508 MHz2,520 MHz
TBP320 W320 W450 W
LLC64 MB64 MB72 MB

There’s a sizable difference between the RTX 4090 and the 4080 series specs, but the price delta is even more pronounced. The GeForce RTX 4080/RTX 4080 Super retails at $999, while the RTX 4090 starts at $1,599. That makes the latter 60% more expensive than the former.

Test Bench

  • Mobo: ASUS Z790 Maximus Hero.
  • Cooler: Lian Li Gld 360.
  • CPU: Intel Core i9-13900K.
  • Memory: 16GB x2 DDR5 6,000 MT/s CL 30.
  • PSU: Corsair RM1000e.

Performance Testing Notes

  • 1% lows represent a higher value than the lowest 1% of all recorded FPS. This is a good indicator of performance in taxing scenes as it gives the value where the GPU or CPU struggles the most.
  • We decided to test the RTX 4080 and 4090 at 4K and 1440p (for ray tracing). The games are heavily GPU-bound in these scenarios, removing most CPU bottlenecks.

The above GPU-busy charts from Hitman 3 are a good demonstration of this. At 1080p, the GPU-Busy Deviation is 39%. This means the CPU adds 39% more time to the frametimes, leaving the GPU idle, hence bottlenecking it. At 1440p, it drops to 23% and is almost eliminated at 4K (4%). Ergo, 4K benchmarks are optimal for comparing high-end GPUs.

NVIDIA RTX 4080 vs 4080 Super vs 4090: 4K Gaming Benchmarks

4K (or 2160p) is taxing even on the most powerful graphics cards. In Asobo’s “A Plague Tale: Requiem,” the GeForce RTX 4080 falls short of the 60 FPS mark with lows of under 50 FPS. The RTX 4090 fares better, averaging 72 FPS with 61 FPS lows. The 4080 Super is a smidge faster than the 4080, averaging 1.6 FPS higher.

Alan Wake 2 is among the most technologically advanced games on PC. Even without ray tracing, the RTX 4090 manages just 59 FPS, while the 4080/4080 Super registers 46 FPS on average.

Assassin’s Creed Mirage averages 117.5 FPS on the GeForce RTX 4090, up from 96 and 97 FPS on the RTX 4080 and 4080 Super, respectively.

Frontiers of Pandora is Ubisoft’s latest technological marvel with gorgeous environments and mild ray tracing. At 4K, the RTX 4090 averages 67 FPS, versus 50.9 and 50.2 on the 4080 and 4080 Super, respectively.

Cyberpunk 2077 runs notably faster on the GeForce RTX 4090, with an average lead of 33% over the RTX 4080. The extra shaders, cache, and bandwidth all come into play in this title.

Dragon’s Dogma 2 is one of the more CPU-bound titles out there. The following benchmarks were conducted using the game’s launch version in the wilderness.

Dying Light 2 is 30% faster on the RTX 4090, with the lows exhibiting a similar delta versus the RTX 4080 4080 Super. Regardless, all three GPUs deliver nearly 100 FPS with high enough lows.

Forza Motorsport is another recent title that runs over 30% faster on the RTX 4090 than the 4080 series graphics cards.

Helldivers 2 tends to be more CPU-intensive, reducing the deficit between the 4080 Super and 4090 to just 18% at 4K.

Hogwarts Legacy was a stuttering mess at launch but following several months of updates, it runs smoothly on our testbench. It still requires 16GB or higher graphics memory at 4K, leaving a massive 43% delta between the RTX 4080 Super and 4090.

Horizon Forbidden West is 17% while Robocop Rogue City is 28% faster on the GeForce RTX 4090 than the 4080 and 4080 Super.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider is a well-optimized title, averaging 186.5 FPS on the RTX 4090 and 145.9 FPS on the RTX 4080 Super. A 29% deficit is nothing to scoff at.

The Callisto Protocol is a whopping 34% faster than the 4080 Super on the RTX 4090, averaging 88.5 FPS and 118.6 FPS, respectively. Like Ghostwire, the lows are considerably lower than they should be (just 31.8 FPS on the former).

Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands, another AMD partner title, loves the extra cores and cache on the RTX 4090. The Borderlands spinoff is 35% faster than the 4080 Super on the 4090.

Average 4K Gaming Performance

GameNVIDIA RTX 4080 (Avg FPS)NVIDIA RTX 4080 Super (Avg FPS)NVIDIA RTX 4090 (Avg FPS)
A Plague Tale Requiem56.4 FPS58 FPS71.6 FPS
Alan Wake 246 FPS46.3 FPS59.2 FPS
Assassin’s Creed: Mirage96.2 FPS96.9 FPS117.6 FPS
Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla96.5 FPS98.2 FPS114.7 FPS
Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora50.2 FPS50.9 FPS67 FPS
Cyberpunk 207754 FPS55.3 FPS78.5 FPS
Dying Light 296.1 FPS96.8 FPS125.1 FPS
Dragon’s Dogma 270.6 FPS71.2 FPS81.2 FPS
Ghostwire Tokyo101.9 FPS102 FPS120 FPS
F1 2022164.8 FPS165 FPS198.8 FPS
Forza Motorsport98.3 FPS100.2 FPS133.4 FPS
Helldivers 284.8 FPS86.2 FPS101.5 FPS
Hitman 3149.5 FPS150.6 FPS188 FPS
Hogwarts Legacy75.4 FPS80.4 FPS115.3 FPS
Horizon Forbidden West76.2 FPS78.1 FPS92.4 FPS
Robocop Rogue City48.5 FPS49 FPS63.1 FPS
Shadow of the Tomb Raider145.2 FPS145.9 FPS186.5 FPS
Skull and Bones77.9 FPS79.2 FPS95.2 FPS
The Callisto Protocol86.5 FPS88.5 FPS118.9 FPS
Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands96.4 FPS98.4 FPS132.5 FPS
20 Game Average88.57 FPS (100%)89.86 FPS (+101.46%)113.03 FPS (+127.6%)

Across our 20-game benchmark suite, the GeForce RTX 4090 is 27.6% faster than the RTX 4080, with a similar lead over the 4080 Super. The latter holds a 1.46% lead over the stock 4080 at 4K. In essence, the RTX 4080 and 4080 Super perform within the margin of error. You might see larger deficits with AIB variants of the same card.

GeForce RTX 4080 vs 4080 Super vs 4090: Ray Tracing Benchmarks

Ray tracing is more intensive on the CPU as well as the GPU. The draw calls per scene increase significantly for the former, while the latter deals with the casting, tracking, and intersection of millions of rays per frame.

In “A Plague Tale,” the GeForce RTX 4080 Super posts an average frame rate of 69.3 FPS, down from 86.3 FPS on the RTX 4090. The lows are even wider apart, with a delta of 20 FPS.

Alan Wake 2 is over 31% faster on the GeForce RTX 4090 than the 4080/4080 Super, with an average of 71 FPS. Frontiers of Pandora sees a similar deficit between the two GPUs.

Crysis Remastered uses a mix of hardware and software ray-tracing to render a tropical island with precise lighting, shadows, and reflections. In this case, the RTX 4090 is 33.6% faster than the RTX 4080 on average.

Cyberpunk 2077 features an extensive implementation of RT. Here, the RTX 4090 nets an average framerate of 78.4 FPS which is 26% higher than the RTX 4080.

F1 2022 and Forza Motorsport perform similarly, but the RTX 4090 nets a much cleaner win over the 4080/4080 Super in the former. It leads the 80-class GPUs by 33% and 20% in the two racing sims, respectively.

Ghostwire Tokyo runs poorly across all three cards with averages of around 60 FPS, but lows touching the early 30s. Hitman 3 produces a ~30% deficit between the two, in line with most of our other tests.

Hogwarts Legacy runs decently on GeForce cards, with the RTX 4090 maintaining a lead of 27% over the RTX 4080 Super. The lows maintain similar deltas between the two GPUs.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider continues its well-optimized streak, scaling effortlessly from the RTX 4080/4080 Super to the 4090. The latter is 31% faster than the former in this test, with a wider deficit in terms of lows.

The Callisto Protocol gets a nominal 9% performance uplift going from the RTX 4080 to the 4090. I suspect both GPUs are underutilized in this title, as observed in the earlier 4K benchmarks.

Average Ray Tracing Performance

GameNVIDIA RTX 4080 (Avg FPS)NVIDIA RTX 4080 Super (Avg FPS)NVIDIA RTX 4090 (Avg FPS)
A Plague Tale Requiem67 FPS69.3 FPS86.3 FPS
Alan Wake 253.7 FPS54.6 FPS71 FPS
Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora43.1 FPS43.8 FPS57.9 FPS
Crysis Remaster104.7 FPS106.5 FPS139.9 FPS
Cyberpunk 207762.2 FPS62.2 FPS78.4 FPS
Dying Light 249.9 FPS50.7 FPS65.8 FPS
F1 202262.2 FPS63.8 FPS83 FPS
Forza Motorsport70.9 FPS72.1 FPS85.6 FPS
Ghostwire Tokyo59.8 FPS62 FPS65.5 FPS
Hitman 376.1 FPS77.1 FPS99.2 FPS
Hogwarts Legacy68.6 FPS70.1 FPS72.1 FPS
Shadow of the Tomb Raider95.9 FPS97 FPS126.9 FPS
Metro Exodus88.9 FPS90.2 FPS117.7 FPS
The Callisto Protocol95.3 FPS96 FPS104.1 FPS
14 Game Average71.31 FPS (100%)72.53 FPS (101.7%)89.53 FPS (125.6%)

In ray-traced gaming, the GeForce RTX 4080 Super is 1.7% faster than the vanilla 4080, while the RTX 4090 holds a 25.6% lead over the 80-class graphics card. This is usually the difference between playable and optimal performance in the latest ray-traced titles (without DLSS).

Power Efficiency: Performance Per Watt

The GeForce RTX 4080 and 4080 Super draw up to 300W of power at 4K, while the 4090 goes up to 400W (50W less than its 450W TBP). In terms of power efficiency, this translates to 0.29 FPS/Watt and 0.28 FPS/Watt, respectively.

GPUPeak PowerPerformance Per Watt at 4K
RTX 40802980.297 FPS/Watt
RTX 4080 Super3000.299 FPS/Watt
RTX 40904000.282 FPS/Watt

The RTX 4080 Super is the most power-efficient of the bunch, although the RTX 4090 isn’t far behind.

Performance Per Dollar and Conclusion

GPUMarket Price (Newegg)Performance Per Dollar at 4K
RTX 4080$10690.083 FPS/$
RTX 4080 Super$9990.089 FPS/$
RTX 4090$16990.066 FPS/$

The GeForce RTX 4090 may be the faster GPU, but its value-for-money aspect leaves much to be desired. While the RTX 4080 Super offers 0.089 FPS per dollar, the 4090 is good for only 0.066 FPS per dollar. The 4090 delivers 25-30% more performance for an extra $700. A costly prospect, but it’s the only one you have if you want the fastest 4K graphics card without compromise.

Areej Syed

Processors, PC gaming, and the past. I have written about computer hardware for over seven years with over 5000 published articles. I started during engineering college and haven't stopped since. On the side, I play RPGs like Baldur's Gate, Dragon Age, Mass Effect, Divinity, and Fallout. Contact:
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