GeForce RTX 4080 (16 GB) Delivers Up to 30% Faster Gaming Performance Than 12 GB Model, according to NVIDIA Benchmarks

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NVIDIA has released a set of benchmarks that provide an early idea of how its GeForce RTX 4080 graphics cards might differ from one another. According to the metrics, which originate from yesterday’s article confirming this month’s DLSS 3 games, the GeForce RTX 4080 (12 GB) could be up to 30% slower than the GeForce RTX 4080 (16 GB). This is suggested by the metrics that NVIDIA shared for A Plague Tale: Requiem, which show the 16 GB model being ~21% faster than the 12 GB model with DLSS 3 enabled, and ~30% faster with DLSS 3 disabled.

Here’s what the performance of the GeForce RTX 4080 (12 GB) looks like relative to other models in the GeForce RTX 30 and 40 Series, according to a chart from VideoCardz:

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From a VideoCardz report:

Here’s a reminder that RTX 4080 16GB features AD103 GPU with 9728 CUDA cores while RTX 4080 is equipped with AD104 processor with 7680 cores. That’s 26% more cores on the 16GB variant. However, major changes can also be seen in memory bus width (256-bit vs. 192-bit) and TDP range (320W vs. 285W).

It also looks like RTX 4080 12GB won’t be able to outperform RTX 3090 Ti in benchmarks, but it at least it is 10-20% faster than original RTX 3080. Both models are to launch in November, but NVIDIA is yet to confirm the exact date.

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 (16 GB) and GeForce RTX 4080 (12 GB) start at $1,199.99 and $899, respectively. Critics have argued that the 12 GB model is actually a rebranded GeForce RTX 4070.

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