Nvidia finally announced the RTX 40 series, and three new RTX 40 cards will be available later this year: Flagship RTX 4090high-end RTX 4080 16 GB and RTX 4080 12 GB. Besides the seemingly massive performance improvements over the latest generation of RTX 30 series cards, these new GPUs come at higher price tags.
Flagship RTX 4090 launches with MSRP of $1,599, $100 higher than $1,499 MSRP for RTX 3090 and $400 less than $1,999 for MSRP RTX 3090 Ti. An extra $100 for Nvidia’s new flagship isn’t much when the RTX 3090 was already so expensive, so not much has changed here.
|RTX 4090||RTX 3090|
|to treat||TSMC 5 nm||Samsung 8nm|
|general engineering||Ada Lovelace||Ampere|
|memory||24 GB GDDR6X||24 GB GDDR6X|
|clock speed increase||2520MHz||1695MHz|
|bus width||384 bit||384 bit|
|Energy||450 watts||350 watts|
It is really surprising that the RTX 4090 does not cost more because it has much more CUDA cores than the RTX 3090 and RTX 3090 Ti. It still has roughly the same amount of memory and bandwidth, but that shouldn’t be a cause for concern; You must know Nvidia How much VRAM do GPUs need.
Things are a little more complicated with the RTX 4080, which has two different models: the 4080 16 GB at $1,199 and the 4080 12 GB at $899. That’s significantly more expensive than the RTX 3080 10GB, which launched at $699, but is cheaper than the RTX 3080 12GB, which launched at $1,249. However, the 3080 12GB has rarely been in good shape, and the price has been dropping since the end of the GPU shortage. Compared to the standard RTX 3080 10GB, both RTX 4080 models are much more expensive.
|RTX 4080 16GB||RTX 4080 12GB||RTX 3080|
|to treat||TSMC 5 nm||TSMC 5 nm||Samsung 8nm|
|general engineering||Ada Lovelace||Ada Lovelace||Ampere|
|memory||16 GB GDDR6X||12 GB GDDR6X||12 GB / 10 GB GDDR6X|
|clock speed increase||2505MHz||2610MHz||1710MHz|
|bus width||256 bit||192 bit||384 bit / 320 bit|
|Energy||320 watts||285 W||350 W / 320 W|
At first glance, this different amount of memory work might seem like the difference between the RTX 3080 10GB and the RTX 3080 12GB, which have very similar performance but a big difference in price. However, these two different 4080 models differ greatly not only in memory size and price but also in other specifications.
The RTX 4080 16GB has 9,728 CUDA cores, while the RTX 4080 12GB has only 7,680. The memory bandwidth on the 12 GB model is much less since it has a 192-bit bus compared to the 256-bit bus in the 16 GB version. A 12GB card has a slightly higher clock speed, but that’s more than the lower amount of cores and memory bandwidth. The 16GB and 12GB are completely different GPUs and not just different versions of the same card, hence the $300 price difference.
Until the reviews are done, it’s hard to recommend any of the RTX 40 series cards that Nvidia has revealed so far. These are some of the most expensive GPUs ever released (Which is not well received by most users), and even if the RTX 40 is as fast as Nvidia says, those higher price tags will definitely go for Negatively affect the value proposition of these cards.
However, the prices for Nvidia’s new GPUs seem reasonable relative to each other. The 16GB RTX 4080 offers more than 2,000 additional CUDA cores, 4GB more VRAM, and more memory bandwidth than the 12GB RTX 4080 for $300 more. For another $400, you can get the RTX 4090, which comes with an additional 6000 CUDA cores, 8GB of VRAM, and more memory bandwidth. The 4090 is actually in a class higher than the 4080 16GB, unlike how the RTX 3090 was just an RTX 3080 with fewer cores and a higher TDP.
If you’re going to spend hundreds of dollars on a high-end GPU, it might be worth it to get the RTX 4090. At least you won’t want more, even if it’s one of the most expensive gaming GPUs ever. On the other hand, you can still get faster ray tracing and DLSS 3 performance with the much cheaper 16GB and 12GB RTX 4080.