There are two days left until the start of sales of the GeForce RTX 4080 graphics accelerator based on the Ada Lovelace architecture, and Chinese enthusiasts have already started posting the first reviews of the new product and bypassing the NVIDIA ban. For example, data on its performance was shared by a Big Hardware Player user on the Bilibili platform. Previously, he was one of the first to publish reviews of the Ampere generation GeForce RTX 3080 Ti and RTX 3070 Ti.
The Chinese enthusiast did not name the manufacturer of the tested GeForce RTX 4080, but indicated that the graphics card is equipped with a dual BIOS system. In one case, the maximum TDP of the novelty is set at a nominal value of 320 watts. The second firmware increases the maximum TDP of the graphics card to 450 watts. The second BIOS was used by a Chinese enthusiast to test power efficiency.
Forza Horizon 5, Cyberpunk 2077, Borderland 3, Total War Troy and Shadow of the Tomb Raider were used for gaming tests of the GeForce RTX 4080. Below is the average performance of the new accelerator against the background of the GeForce RTX 4090 and GeForce RTX 3090 Ti.
According to gaming test results, the GeForce RTX 4080 was on average 19% faster than the GeForce RTX 3090 Ti and about 23% slower than the GeForce RTX 4090. It should be noted that for testing the GeForce RTX 4090 and GeForce RTX 3090 Ti , a DDR5-6800 PC, and the GeForce RTX 4080 model was tested on a DDR5-6200 system. In both cases, however, the test platform was based on the flagship Intel Core i9-13900K processor.
In 3DMark, the new GeForce RTX 4080 was 25% faster than the GeForce RTX 3090 Ti and 21% slower than the new flagship GeForce RTX 40 series.
Perhaps the most interesting detail of the early review of the GeForce RTX 4080 graphics accelerator was the results of energy efficiency measurements. For this test, a Chinese reviewer used a BIOS with a TDP that was overestimated at 450 watts.
The test showed that the card almost reaches its maximum performance even at 280 watts.
In games, the consumption of the GeForce RTX 4080 can be reduced even further to just under 260 watts. Increasing the power consumption does not bring a significant increase in performance for the accelerator, at least in tests with 4K resolution.
A video review of the GeForce RTX 4080 by a Chinese enthusiast can be found via this link. The graphics card will go on sale on November 16th.