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RTX 4080 Super vs RTX 4090: Worth Upgrading? [Tested]

In the RTX 4080 Super vs RTX 4090 comparison, we will look at the gaming performance, power consumption, and price of these high-end graphics cards.

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Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super

Rated: 8/10

Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090

Rated: 8/10


Pros And Cons 

Graphics CardProsCons
RTX 4080 Superโœ… Better power efficiency
โœ…Lower price
โŒLower performance
RTX 4090โœ… Better overall performance
โœ…Better ray tracing performance
โŒAbsurdly high price

Key Takeaways
  • The RTX 4090 performed around 28.5% better on average in our gaming tests than the RTX 4080 Super, which solidifies that both cards are in different performance tiers.
  • Our power consumption tests came back with the result that the RTX 4090 consumed close to 30% more power than the RTX 4080 Super, making a power supply upgrade inevitable for everyone who isn’t upgrading from an RTX 3090 Ti.
  • The price of the RTX 4090 is 80% higher than the RTX 4080 Super as of early February 2024, which is a massive difference in price between these cards, though both are very expensive.
  • The RTX 4090 is suited for someone who wants the best of the best performance in games, whereas the RTX 4080 Super is a very high-performing card with a lower, yet still very steep, price compared toz the RTX 4090.


Comparison Table

FeatureGeForce RTX 4080 SuperGeForce RTX 4090
ArchitectureAda LovelaceAda Lovelace
Design ChipAD103-400-A1AD102-300-A1
Product FamilyNvidia GeForce RTX 40 seriesNvidia GeForce RTX 40 series
Steam Processors/Cuda Cores1024016384
Compute Units/Tensor Cores320512
Ray Accelerators80128
ROPs112176
Memory Bandwidth736.3 GB/s1008 GB/s
Best VariantsBest RTX 4080 Super Graphics CardsBest RTX 4090 Graphics Cards

Architectural Differences

  1. Clock Speed: The RTX 4090 has a base clock speed of 2235MHz, which is slightly lower than the base clock speed of the RTX 4080 Super at 2295MHz. The same slight advantage is extended to the boost clocks, with the RTX 4090 hovering around 2520MHz while the RTX 4080 Super boosts at around 2550MHz.
  2. VRAMThe RTX 4090 has a VRAM buffer of 24GB, carried over a 384-bit bus, while the RTX 4080 Super has a VRAM buffer of 16GB, carried over a 256-bit bus. As games become more VRAM intensive, the extra chuck of memory of the RTX 4090 will become more valuable. 
  3. TDP: The RTX 4090 is rated for a higher power draw of 450 watts, while the RTX 4080 Super’s TDP is much more manageable by comparison at around 320 watts.
  4. Processing NodesBoth the RTX 4090 and the RTX 4080 Super utilize 5nm processing nodes from TSMC, allowing both to have excellent efficiency.

Editor`s Note
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The RTX 4090 has almost 60% more Cude cores than the RTX 4080 Super, accompanied by 60% more RT and Tensor cores as well, which should maintain a solid lead over the performance of the RTX 4080 Super. Keep reading to find out how these increases relate to gaming performance!

โ€“ Uzair Qureshi


Nvidia recently unveiled a higher SKU of the RTX 4080, known as the RTX 4080 Super. While the RTX 4090 naturally surpasses it, the extent of the performance gap will be explored in the ongoing comparison of the RTX 4080 Super vs RTX 4090. Stay tuned to discover the details!


Gaming Performance – 4K

Now that we have broken down the architecture of the RTX 4080 Super vs RTX 4090, this part of our analysis will focus on the performance of these cards in modern games. The evaluations were carried out on a measured test bench, and the specifications for this setup are provided below:

Test Bench

Alan Wake 2

Alan Wake 2
Alan Wake 2 @4K (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • Testing Alan Wake 2 with Path Tracing, DLSS frame generation, and DLSS, the RTX 4090 achieved a playable 74 FPS average, outpacing the RTX 4080 Super by 37%, which held a slower average framerate of 54 FPS.
  • The 1% lows of the RTX 4080 Super were around 45 FPS, while the RTX 4090 was about 25% faster, with lows of around 56 FPS. This kicked off our testing with a distinct difference between the performance of these two cards.

Forza Horizon 5

Forza Horizon 5
Forza Horizon 5 @4K (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • At extreme settings, the RTX 4090 averaged 184 FPS, outpacing the RTX 4080 Super by 26%, which managed 146 FPS. However, the experience was similar as both cards are limited to a maximum 144Hz output at 4k.
  • The difference in 1% lows was also around 25%, with the RTX 4090 dipping to around 153 FPS in our testing, while the RTX 4080 Super went down to around 122 FPS.

Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty

Cyberpunk 2077
Cyberpunk 2077 @4K (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • Utilizing Ultra settings, Path Tracing, and DLSS 3, we achieved 77 FPS on average in Cyberpunk 2077. The RTX 4080 Super, trailing by 26%, managed 61 FPS. Note that employing frame generation at low base framerates may result in artefacts.
  • The difference in performance between these two cards grew to 31% when we measured 1% lows, with the RTX 4090 hovering around 59 FPS, while the RTX 4080 Super stayed closer to 45 FPS.

Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2
Red Dead Redemption 2 @4K (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • In RDR2 at Ultra settings, the RTX 4090 averaged 133 FPS, surpassing the RTX 4080 Super by about 25%. Both cards ran the game smoothly, with the RTX 4080 Super achieving an average framerate of around 106 FPS.
  • The 1% lows showed a 20% difference in this game, with the RTX 4090 at around 100 FPS and the RTX 4080 dropping to 83 FPS in graphically intense scenarios.

Starfield

Starfield @4K (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • Turning on the Ultra settings in Starfield gave the RTX 4090 an average framerate of around 76 FPS, while the RTX 4080 Super was at a 29% loss with its average of 59 FPS
  • The 1% lows were much closer in this game, with the RTX 4090 going down to around 55 FPS in hard-to-render scenes, while the RTX 4080 Super pushed its limits with lows of 49 FPS.

Avatar Frontiers Of Pandora

Avatar Frontiers Of Pandora
Avatar Frontiers Of Pandora @4K (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • At the Ultra settings with DLSS Q enabled, the RTX 4090 had an average framerate of 101 FPS in Avatar Frontiers Of Pandora, while the RTX 4080 Super was a whopping 31% behind, averaging around 77 FPS.
  • 1% lows were 24.5% apart in this game, with the RTX 4090 hitting its low point at around 66 FPS, while the RTX 4080 Super managed a framerate of around 53 FPS as its minimum.

Microsoft Flight Simulator

Microsoft Flight Simulator
Microsoft Flight Simulator @4K (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • The demanding game ran smoothly on both cards, with the RTX 4090 averaging 100 FPS and the RTX 4080 Super at 76 FPS. The lower framerate of the 4080 Super didn’t impact performance in this slower-paced game.
  • The RTX 4080 Super reported 1% lows of 62 FPS in this game, while the RTX 4090 reported lows of 72 FPS16% faster than its rival. This difference was more noticeable, but it made neither gaming experience unenjoyable. 

The Witcher 3

The Witcher 3
The Witcher 3 @4K (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • The next-gen version of The Witcher 3 saw the RTX 4090 at 72 FPS, while the RTX 4080 Super had choppier framerates at around 59 FPS, marking a 22% performance difference.
  • 31% difference arose in the 1% lows of these cards, with the RTX 4090 flying close to 59 FPS in graphically intense scenes, while the RTX 4080 Super had lows closer to 45 FPS.

The Last Of Us Part 1

The Last Of Us
The Last Of Us @4K (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • In the final game of our testing, the RTX 4090 averaged 98 FPS, while the RTX 4080 Super managed 74 FPS at Ultra settings, resulting in a 32% difference.
  • The 1% lows in this game were 33% apart on both cards, with the RTX 4090 coming at around 84 FPS, while the RTX 4080 Super had lows closer to 63 FPS.

Overall Gaming Performance

FeaturedRTX 4090RTX 4080 Super
Average FPS101 ๐Ÿ“ˆ79 ๐Ÿ“ˆ
%1 lows78 ๐Ÿ“‰63 ๐Ÿ“‰
Winner: Nvidia's RTX 4090

In gaming tests, the RTX 4080 Super falls significantly short compared to the RTX 4090, with a substantial 28.5% difference in average FPS. Testing games with frame generation showcases its benefits for performance. The 1% lows showed a 24% advantage for the 4090. 


Power Consumption

GameRTX 4080 Super (W)RTX 4090 (W)
Alan Wake 2299404
Forza Horizon 5254333
Cyberpunk 2077307381
Red Dead Redemption 2283361
Starfield274355
Avatar Frontiers Of Pandora313422
Microsoft Flight Simulator302401
Witcher 3289352
Remnant 2304379
The Last Of Us265354
Average Power Consumption289374.2
Winner: Nvidia's RTX 4080 Super

During gaming tests, the RTX 4090 showed approximately 30% higher power consumption than the RTX 4080 Super, emphasizing the substantial energy demands of the latter. If your existing power supply is configured for GPUs from previous generations, upgrading to meet the power requirements of the RTX 4090 becomes almost inevitable.


Price And Value

Graphics CardLaunch MSRPCurrent Price
RTX 4080 Super๐Ÿ’ฒ999๐Ÿ’ฒ999
RTX 4090๐Ÿ’ฒ1599๐Ÿ’ฒ1799
Difference60.06%80.08%

Being the highest-end card available on the consumer market, the RTX 4090 was launched with a huge price tag. Supply shortages and scalpers have forced the price of this card to go even further beyond this. The price tag of the RTX 4080 Super is also abysmal, but it seems like a bargain compared to the RTX 4090.


Conclusion

RTX 4090: If you are seeking the best performance, the RTX 4090 is unrivalled as the top-performing consumer graphics card. However, be prepared for a necessary power supply upgrade and ensure a high-end CPU to avoid bottlenecking this powerhouse.

RTX 4080 Super: While the RTX 4080 Super doesn’t provide a substantial upgrade over the RTX 4080, its price reduction to $1199 and a slight performance boost make it a reasonable choice for high-end 4k gaming. Although not capable of maxing out settings in the most demanding games, it delivers a satisfying gaming experience.

To conclude, the decision between the RTX 4080 Super vs RTX 4090 is between luxury and ultra-luxury. For the few people who can afford the RTX 4090, nothing else is quite like it on the planet. However, if you feel the need to balance out your system’s price-to-performance ratio, the RTX 4080 Super does the trick.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the maximum refresh rate on 4k that the RTX 4090 can output?

The Nvidia RTX 40 series of cards all use DP 1.4a, which can display 4k at 120Hz. If you find a game that can run at a higher refresh rate, these cards will only be able to output to the limitation of the connector.

How much more powerful is the RTX 4080 Super than the RTX 4080?

The RTX 4080 Super brings a very modest 1-3% bump in performance from the RTX 4080, though it also comes at a much lower price than the card above did at launch.

What is the FP32 performance of the RTX 4080 Super vs RTX 4090?

The RTX 4090 scores 58% more on the FP32 test than the RTX 4080 Super.


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