Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 16GB up to 30 per cent faster than RTX 4080 12GB

Even second-rung Ada smashes RTX 3090 Ti.

RTX 4080

Nvidia has shared some new gaming benchmarks of its upcoming RTX 4080 12GB and RTX 4080 16GB graphics cards on three games, comparing them to RTX 30 series cards and new head honcho, RTX 4090.

These benchmarks were run using DLSS 3 in Performance Mode and with Frame Generation enabled, on a system powered by an Intel Core i9-12900K CPU, 32GB of RAM and Windows 11.

Looking at FPS gains with DLSS (v3 on RTX 40 and v2 on RTX 30) active, the RTX 4080 12GB is able to outperform the ageing RTX 3080 by 51 per cent in A Plague Tale: Requiem, 46 per cent in F1 2022, and a whopping 69 per cent in Microsoft Flight Simulator, where CPU limitations usually act as a bottleneck. The gap, as expected, is even bigger when pitting an RTX 4080 16GB against the RTX 3080.

Nvidia’s emphasis is clearly moving to DLSS, yet for those who continue to measure a GPU’s value purely through rasterisation, it’s helpful that the graphs include results with DLSS disabled.

In Flight Simulator, RTX 4080 12GB is snapping at the heels of RTX 3090 Ti, and interestingly, RTX 4080 16GB, which we know employs an entirely unique die (AD104 vs. AD103), is found to be 26 per cent found to be quicker than its namesake. The performance gap between the two RTX 4080s is at its largest in A Plague Tale: Requim, where the 12GB card is found to be 30 per cent quicker with DLSS disabled.

What’s also clear is that RTX 4090 remains in a class of its own whether or not DLSS comes into play. Top dog is nearly 40 per cent faster than the second-rung 40 Series card in F1 2022, while framerate increases by a whopping 93 per cent in A Plague Tale: Requiem.

The gap between the RTX 4080 12GB and RTX 4080 16GB is explainable since the former not only has 4GB less VRAM but more importantly 26 per cent fewer CUDA cores, 33 per cent narrower bus width and 12 per cent less power budget.

As always keep in mind these numbers come direct from Nvidia. We’re looking to forward to putting both RTX 4080 models through their paces and will be bringing in-house benchmark results in the near future. In the meantime, don’t miss our review of RTX 4090 over here.