After a poor start with the RTX 4090, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 graphics card went on sale globally. Mainly gamers used to opt for RTX 3080/ RTX 2080 segment graphics cards to get high-end gaming performance at an affordable price.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 is now selling globally for a starting price of $1199 (₹1,19,000). However, good third-party AIB cards cost around $1500 (₹1,50,000). On the other hand, the RTX 3080 MSRP was $699 (₹71,000), so if we compare, there is a massive difference of $500 ($48,000) in MSRP price.
RTX 4080 also has a 12VHPWR power connector that powers GPU. And the 12VHPWR power connector melting issue that occurred with some RTX 4090 graphics cards is not resolved yet. So, I am sceptical that we could see the same with RTX 4080 if the issue is other than the GPU power consumption.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 is FAST
Undoubtedly, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 is the second fastest graphics card, beating the RTX 3090 Ti by a huge margin and is almost more than 50% faster than the RTX 3080. It offers great FPS in 1440p and 4K high-setting gaming and outputs decent frames with ray tracing without DLSS. Obviously, adding DLSS with ray tracing will result in higher FPS. In addition to performance, the prices have increased significantly.
Each new generation GPU brings more improvements than the older generation. But that doesn’t mean the new-gen improvements have to go along with the massive price hike. See, a marginal increase in the price is acceptable as the increase in inflation also increases the cost of production.
Here, Nvidia has made the RTX 4080 MSRP $500 (₹48,000) more expensive than the previous generation. And the price has taken the RTX 4080 to the very high-end segment, slightly below the RTX 4090.
Expensive but still in “High Demand”
Nvidia has been charging a high premium for its best graphics card for a few generations. It’s been like Nvidia is enjoying a monopoly in the market. Despite negative reviews regarding the price of the RTX 4080, users will still buy it anyway.
If you don’t want to give Nvidia your hard-earned money, wait for the next-generation AMD Radeon RX 7000 series GPUs to be available in the market. AMD could compete with newly released Nvidia GeForce 40 series graphics cards in terms of price-to-performance ratio. Let’s see what we get on December 13th, 2022, which is the availability date for the new RDNA3 Radeon GPUs.
AMD has priced the Radeon RX 7900 XT starting at $899 and the RX 7900 XTX starting at $999.