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Newly released 16GB RTX 4080 cards are disappointing some Nvidia fans even at list price

Newegg has posted the first listing for the Nvidia RTX 4080 16GB graphics card ahead of its release on November 16.

The XLR8 Gaming Verto from PNY costs $1,199.99. (opens in new tab). Compared to Nvidia’s suggested retail price, that’s a slight premium of only $0.99. The PNY XLR8 Verto OC is another model offered on the website, although its price is not displayed alongside its description. But the overclocked version is expected to be more expensive.

As with the newly released RTX 4090, the RTX 4080 16GB is based on the Ada Lovelace architecture, however it features a different GPU. With 9,728 CUDA cores, 16GB of GDDR6X memory, and a TDP of 320W, it is hardly a stripped-down version of the flagship chip.

As compared to the GPU specifications of the RTX 3090 and RTX 3080, the difference between the core specifications of the RTX 4090 and RTX 4080 is much larger. The difference in core count between the two Ampere GPUs is 20%, and the difference between the new Ada Lovelace cards is 68%.

To know whether you should pay so much on this card or save up for an RTX 4090(opens in new tab), we’ll have to test it ourselves.

Before the RTX 4080 16GB launches, we anticipate a flood of cards from Nvidia’s partners, and we hope that the vast majority of them maintain the MSRP. However, I have no doubt that some top-tier cards will eventually cost more than the RTX 4090’s MSRP of $1,599. For $2000, you can get a powerful RTX 4090 graphics processing unit (opens in new tab).

At launch, the RTX 4080 16GB will cost significantly more in Europe than it does in the United States. Prices may go as high as £1,490 (formerly reported as £1,590, but the listing has since been updated) according to early listings over at LaptopsDirect (opens in new tab) found by Videocardz (opens in new tab). However, early postings can be (and often are) misleading about the real sale price, so these may not be the pricing we see on launch day.

It appears from perusing the Nvidia subreddit topic on the Newegg listing (opens in new tab) that many customers are concerned about the card’s price.

“For its current pricing, the 4090 is a good buy. While the 4080 doesn’t, “lilogsd, a user, states.

From user Zintoatree comes one of the most popular responses: “I thought this thing was supposed to be a lot slower than the 4090. They’re probably just attempting to sell you the 4090, if that’s the case.”

The price tag has European gamers up in arms in the LaptopsDirect forum (opens in new tab), and the fact that the currency is so strong makes matters worse.

You’ll have to wait a bit longer for cheaper next-gen cards if the four-figure price tag puts you off, and I can’t say that I blame you. Since the two RTX 4080 versions are confusing, Nvidia has canceled the November launch of the $899 RTX 4080 12GB(opens in new tab). If we compare the two RTX 40-series cards introduced, the RTX 4080 is the more affordable alternative, though not by much.

However, Nvidia has not announced any other RTX 40-series graphics cards for release at any time soon, so we do not know if we will still see a card at that $899 price in the future.

Even so, AMD will shortly be announcing new graphics cards. These photographs appear to be of an enthusiast-grade graphics processing unit that will be featured in a livestream(opens in new tab) this week devoted only to the company’s RDNA 3 graphics cards (opens in new tab).

 

About Jacob Chambers

Old-school gamer with a cheeky tongue that gets me in trouble. When I'm not playing games, I'm writing about them, preferably in the vicinity of a fridge! Oh, and if you're a Justin Bieber fan, I'm afraid we can't be friends!

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