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Nvidia RTX 4080 Vs RTX 3080 Ti [Gaming Benchmarks]

Our RTX 4080 Vs. 3080 Ti guide is here to help you decide whether it is worth upgrading to the 4000 series or not.

After much anticipation, NVIDIA finally launched its new graphics card, the GeForce RTX 4080, on 16 November 2022. The all-new RTX 4080 architecture is significantly faster than the previous NVIDIA Ampere. On the other hand, NVIDIA launched its RTX 3080 Ti in June 2021, which is about one and a half years earlier than RTX 4080. This guide is going to cover the Nvidia RTX 4080 vs. Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti.

The two graphic cards are brilliant in their performance. But to find the superiority between these two, we will look at the specifications and differences, gaming performance, and other features that could make it easier to differentiate. Also, make sure to check out our comparison between RTX 4080 vs RTX 3080


Key Takeaways

  • The Ada Lovelace architecture and AD-103 chip of RTX 4080 are the latest and better than Ampere architecture and GA-102 chip RTX 3080.
  • The RTX 4080 has 4 GB more RAM than the RTX 3080 Ti and also greater memory speed and bandwidth.
  • Both the base and boost clock frequencies of RTX 4080 are greater than those of RTX 3080 Ti making 4080 perform operations more quickly and efficiently.
  • The gaming performance of the RTX 4080 is about 35-40% more pleasing than that of the RTX 3080 Ti making it a better choice for gamers.

NVIDIA RTX 4080 Details

The RTX 4080 GPU was formerly going to come in two configurations:

  1. 16 GB Memory variant with 9728 CUDA cores and AD103 chip.
  2. 12 GB Memory variant with fewer CUDA cores and  AD104 chip.

The two versions of the RTX 4080 were likely to perform so differently that describing both of them as the RTX 4080 was quite incoherent. After much criticism from people, NVIDIA publicized to not launch the 12 GB model. So, at this time, it’s only one RTX 4080 with the following specifications.

GPU Specs

  • NVIDIA Architecture: Ada Lovelace
  • Chip: AD – 103
  • NVIDIA CUDA® Cores: 9728
  • CUDA Capability: 8.9
  • Tensor cores: 304
  • Ray Tracing cores: 76
  • ROPs: 112
  • Number of Transistors: 45.9 billion
  • Base clock: 2.21 GHz
  • Boost clock: 2.51 GHz
  • Die Size: 378.6 mm²
  • NVIDIA DLSS: 3
  • Card Dimensions:
    • Length: 304 mm
    • Width: 137 mm
    • Slots: 3-Slot (61mm)
  • Maximum GPU Temperature: 90 °C
  • Graphics Card Power: 320 W
  • Required System Power: 750 W
  • Level 1 Cache: 9.5 MB
  • Level 2 Cache: 64 MB
  • NVIDIA Encoder (NVENC): 2x 8th Generation
  • NVIDIA Decoder (NVDEC): 5th Generation
  • Supplementary Power Connectors:
    • 3 x PCIe 8-pin cables (adapter in the box) or
    • 450 W or greater PCIe Gen 5 cable

Memory Specifications

  • Standard Memory Config: 16 GB GDDR6X
  • Memory Speed: 22.4 GB/s
  • Memory Interface Width: 256-bit
  • Bandwidth: 912 GB/s

Supported Display

  • Maximum Resolution & Refresh Rate: 4K at 240Hz or 8K at 60Hz with DSC, HDR
  • Standard Display Connectors: HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
  • Multi-Monitor: up to 4
  • HDCP: 2.3

NVIDIA RTX 3080 Ti Details

The following specifications apply to the Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti.

GPU Specs

  • NVIDIA Architecture: Ampere
  • Chip: GA-102
  • NVIDIA CUDA® Cores: 10240
  • CUDA capability: 8.6
  • Tensor cores: 320
  • RT cores: 80
  • ROPs: 112
  • Number of Transistors: 28.3 billion
  • Base clock: 1.37 GHz
  • Boost clock: 1.67 GHz
  • Die Size: 628.4 mm²
  • Card Dimensions:
    • Length: 285 mm
    • Width: 112 mm
    • Slots: 2
  • Maximum GPU Temperature: 93 °C
  • Graphics Card Power: 350 W
  • Required System Power: 750 W
  • Level 1 Cache: 10 MB
  • Level 2 Cache: 6 MB
  • NVIDIA Encoder (NVENC): 7th Generation
  • NVIDIA Decoder (NVDEC): 5th Generation
  • Supplementary Power Connector: 2 x PCIe 8-pin cables (adapter to 1 x 12 pin included)

Memory Specifications

  • Standard Memory Config: 12 GB GDDR6X
  • Memory Speed: 19 GB/s
  • Memory Interface Width: 384-bit
  • Bandwidth: 717 GB/s

Supported Display

  • Maximum Resolution: 7680 x 4320
  • Standard Display Connectors: HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
  • Multi-Monitor: up to 4
  • HDCP: 2.3

RTX 4080 Vs. RTX 3080 Ti

Technical Differences

FeatureNVIDIA RTX 4080NVIDIA RTX 3080 Ti
CoresCUDA® Cores: 9728
Tensor cores: 304
RT cores: 76
CUDA® Cores: 10240
Tensor cores: 320
RT cores: 80
Clock speedBase clock: 2.21 GHz
Boost clock: 2.51 GHz
Base clock: 1.37 GHz
Boost clock: 1.67 GHz
TemperatureMax Temperature: 90 °CMax Temperature: 93 °C
TDPGraphics Card Power: 320 W
Required System Power: 750 W
Graphics Card Power: 350 W
Required System Power: 750 W
Transistors45.9 billion28.3 billion
Die Size378.6 mm²628.4 mm²
Memory 16 GB GDDR6X
Interface Width: 256-bit
12 GB GDDR6X
Interface Width: 384-bit
Speed and BandwidthMemory Speed: 22.4 GB/s
Bandwidth: 912 GB/s
Memory Speed: 19 GB/s
Bandwidth: 717 GB/s

Architecture

The RTX 3080 Ti came with NVIDIA’s “Ampere” architecture, while the RTX 4080 has the new “Ada Lovelace” architecture.

The Ampere architecture was designed on the Volta architecture of NVIDIA in May 2020. It was intended for high-performance computation and artificial intelligence. It is the first design to make use of the Tensor Core technology of NVIDIA. The NVIDIA Ampere architecture offers unparalleled performance on all scales.

The Ada Lovelace of NVIDIA was launched in September 2022. This latest architecture is named after “Ada Lovelace” (who is regarded as the first computer programmer). This architecture is developed to deliver ground-breaking performance for AI-based cognitive graphics and ray tracing. It provides a substantially improved basis of GPU performance and indicates the ray tracing and neural graphics inflection point.

Chip Design

The Nvidia RTX 4080 is developed on an AD-103 chip, while the RTX 3080 Ti is based on the GA-102 chip.

The AD-103 utilizes the latest Ada Lovelace architecture of NVIDIA. It is manufactured at TSMC employing a 4 nm fabrication process. This chip has 336 tensor cores, 112 ROPs, 336 texture mapping units, and 10752 shading units. It has 45.9 billion transistors and a die size of 379 mm². This chip can support DirectX 12 Ultimate.

While the GA-102 has an Ampere architecture of NVIDIA, it is manufactured by Samsung, employing an 8 nm fabrication process. The chip also has 336 tensor cores, 112 ROPs, 336 texture mapping units, and 10752 shading units. It has 28.3 billion transistors and a die size of 628 mm². The GA-102 also can support DirectX 12 Ultimate.

NVENC Generation

NVENC stands for NVIDIA Encoder. Both graphic cards have different encoding technologies. The RTX 3080 Ti has an encoder of the 7th generation, while the RTX 4080 has two 8th-generation NVIDIA Encoders. 

The 8th generation is the newest and technically more sophisticated, while the 7th generation is older and less developed. If you want the best video encoding technology available, the 8th generation is the superior option because it delivers higher performance and quality than the 7th generation.

Also Read: RTX 4080 Vs RTX 3090

Now it’s time to move on to gaming benchmarks of two graphic cards.

Gaming Benchmarks

To achieve better outcomes for Nvidia RTX 4080 vs. Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti, here, we’ve covered the benchmarks of a total of 21 games divided into three series. In the games’ first and third series, the resolution of gameplay was 4K (2160p). While in the second series, the games’ resolution was 1440p. The games of each series were played on different PC, and sources of benchmarks are also different for each series.

First Series – 4K

The games of the first series include Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Cyberpunk 2077, God of War, Horizon Zero Dawn, Red Dead Redemption 2, and Watch Dogs Legion. All of these games require a lot of system work (incredibly demanding). We compiled the benchmarks for these games from Mike.

Test PC Specs

The system used in the gameplay of the first series had the following specifications;

  • CPU: AMD RYZEN 9 5950X
  • Motherboard: MSI MAG B550 TOMAHAWK
  • RAM: 2x16GB DDR4 3600MHz G.Skill
  • SSD: Samsung 1TB 980 Pro PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2
  • Liquid Cooler: Lian-Li Galahad 360mm UNI FAN SL Edition
  • PSU: Cooler Master V850 SFX Gold Full Modular
  • PC Case: Lian Li O11 Dynamic XL

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Nvidia RTX 4080 vs Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti
Frame rates, GPU Temperature & load in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

The high-end GPU demanding Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is one of the best games to compare the performance of graphic cards. 

In the gameplay of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, the RTX 4080 turned over a maximum number of frames per second of up to 188 FPS, while RTX 3080 Ti gave 147 FPS at its maximum. And the minimum FPS produced by RTX 4080 and RTX 3080 Ti were 51 and 21, respectively.
On average, the RTX 4080 handed over 94 FPS, while the RTX 3080 Ti could deliver a mean of only 62 FPS during the gameplay. If you see the difference, the RTX 4080 has delivered 50% more FPS compared to the RTX 3080 Ti. A gamer always needs higher FPS, and between these two GPUs, RTX 4080 is delivering the best.

The time taken by the RTX 3080 Ti to complete one frame was 17.7 milliseconds. While the RTX 4080 had a frame time of only 10.6 ms. The lower frame time is always good for gaming.

The temperature of RTX 4080 was 76 °C while the RTX 3080 Ti was operating at an elevated temperature of 80 °C.

In the gameplay, the load on RTX 4080 was up to 95%, while the RTX 3080 Ti had 97% stress on it. A 2% greater pressure was applied to the RTX 3080 Ti than to the RTX 4080.

Cyberpunk 2077

Nvidia RTX 4080 vs Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti
Frame rates, GPU Temperature & GPU load in Cyberpunk 2077

The RTX 4080 produced a maximum of 100 frames per second during gaming in Cyberpunk 2077, compared to the RTX 3080 Ti’s maximum of 78. And the minimal FPS achieved by the RTX 4080 and RTX 3080 Ti were 21 and 36, respectively.

During gameplay, the RTX 4080 delivered 74 FPS on average, whereas the RTX 3080 Ti could only muster 54 FPS on average. As you can see, the RTX 4080 produced 35-40% more FPS than the RTX 3080 Ti.

The RTX 3080 Ti’s frame time was 15.3 milliseconds, while the RTX 4080’s frame time was merely 13.5 milliseconds. So, the RTX 4080 was completing each frame with an efficiency of about 1.8 ms over the RTX 3080 Ti.

The RTX 4080 had a temperature of 72 °C, while the RTX 3080 Ti had an operating temperature of 75 °C. Thus, the RTX 4080 was 3 °C cooler than the RTX 3080 Ti.

During gameplay, the RTX 4080 was under up to 82% of its total load capacity. At the same time, the RTX 3080 Ti was under 98% tension. Here is a notable difference in GPU load (82%) on RTX 4080 in Cyberpunk 2077 compared to the 95% load in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. The RTX 4080 was dealing with highly demanding Cyberpunk 2077 as only 82% of its total load capacity.

God of War

God of War
Frame rates, GPU Temperature & load in God of War

While playing God of War, in contrast to the RTX 3080 Ti’s maximum frame rate of 118, the RTX 4080 could output a maximum of 255 frames per second. Additionally, the RTX 4080 and RTX 3080 Ti managed to reach the minimum FPS of 41 and 38, respectively. The higher limit of FPS was reached by the RTX 4080. And the lower limit was acquired by the RTX 3080 Ti.

Compared to the RTX 3080 Ti, which could only manage 69 FPS on average, the RTX 4080 produced an average frame rate of 99. You can see that the RTX 4080 generated 40–45% more FPS than the RTX 3080 Ti. The readings show that in the FPS battle of Nvidia RTX 4080 vs. Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti, the winner is RTX 4080.

The operating temperature of both the RTX 4080 and RTX 3080 Ti was the same (81 °C) in the gameplay of God of War.

The RTX 4080 was under up to 94% of its maximum load during gameplay. In contrast, the RTX 3080 Ti was under 98%. The load on RTX 4080 was about 4% less than that on RTX 3080 Ti.

Horizon Zero Dawn

Nvidia RTX 4080 vs Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti
Frame rates, GPU Temperature & load in Horizon Zero Dawn

The RTX 4080 could deliver a maximum of 190 frames per second while playing Horizon Zero Dawn, as compared to the RTX 3080 Ti’s highest frame rate of 135. In addition, the RTX 4080 and RTX 3080 Ti reached the minimum FPS of 37 and 49, respectively. 

The RTX 4080 achieved a higher FPS limit. However, the RTX 3080 Ti did not attain a lower FPS in this game. The RTX 4080 also reached the minimum FPS in Horizon Zero Dawn. At the same time, the lower FPS in God of War was attained by RTX 3080 Ti.

The RTX 4080 generated an average frame rate of 124 compared to the RTX 3080 Ti’s 89 FPS on average. We can see that the RTX 4080 produced about 40% higher frames per second (FPS).

During Horizon Zero Dawn gameplay, the RTX 3080 Ti operated at a temperature of 81 °C. While the operating temperature of the RTX 4080 was 79 °C. The temperature difference is not very high in this game.

The RTX 4080 only experienced up to 97% of its maximum load, while the RTX 3080 Ti experienced less than 99%. The RTX 3080 Ti’s load was only 1% less than its full capacity in Horizon Zero Dawn.

Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2
Frame rates, GPU Temperature & load in Red Dead Redemption 2

While playing Red Dead Redemption 2, the RTX 4080 could yield a maximum frame rate of 229, whilst the RTX 3080 Ti could only manage a maximum of 169 FPS. Additionally, the minimum FPS of 49 and 43 were attained by the RTX 4080 and RTX 3080 Ti, respectively. The RTX 4080 touched much elevated FPS limits.

In Nvidia RTX 4080 vs. Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti, the RTX 3080 Ti’s average frame rate was 74. While the RTX 4080 produced an average frame rate of 111. As can be seen, the RTX 4080 generated 50% more FPS. Thus, RTX 4080 can easily be declared as the winner of the FPS battle.

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The RTX 3080 Ti ran at a temperature of 82 °C, whereas the RTX 4080 ran at a temperature of 81 °C during the playtime of Horizon Zero Dawn. The temperature disparity was almost negligible throughout the gameplay.

While the RTX 3080 Ti experienced about 96% of its maximum load, the RTX 4080 experienced up to 95% of its maximum load.

From temperature and GPU load, we can deduce that the RDR 2 was burdening both the graphics card heavily and almost equally.

Watch Dogs Legion

Nvidia RTX 4080 vs Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti
Frame rates, GPU Temperature & load in Watch Dogs Legion

At the noting time in Watch Dogs Legion, the instantaneous FPS committed by RTX 4080 was 81, while the RTX 3080 Ti was handing over 61 frames in each second.

The RTX 4080 could produce a maximum frame rate of 126 while playing Red Dead Redemption 2. But the RTX 3080 Ti could only muster a maximum of 87 FPS. The maximum FPS attained in this game is much less than RDR 2, indicating Watch Dogs Legion to be more stressful.

The RTX 4080 hit the minimum FPS of 34, and 49 frames per second were turned over by RTX 3080 Ti at its minimum. In Watch Dogs Legion, the RTX 3080 Ti reached quite lower FPS ceilings.

The RTX 4080 produced an average of 89 FPS in contrast to the RTX 3080 Ti’s 68. As observed, the RTX 4080 produced 21 more frames per second.

The frame time of the RTX 3080 Ti was as large as 13.8 ms. While the RTX 4080 was delivering one frame in 10.4 ms. A lower frame time is always necessary for a better gaming experience.

During Horizon Zero Dawn gameplay, the RTX 3080 Ti operated at a temperature of 68 °C, and the RTX 4080 ran at a temperature of 68 °C. The temperature difference is pretty high in Watch Dogs Legion, while it was hardly noticeable in RDR 2 gameplay.

The RTX 4080 was under only 72% of its maximum load. On the other hand, the RTX 3080 Ti had a load of 94% of its maximum value.

We may infer from temperature and GPU load that the Watch Dogs Legio was taxing the RTX 3080 Ti much higher than it loaded RTX 4080.

Second Series – 1440p

Battlefield V, Borderlands 3, Dying Light 2, Elden Ring, Gears оf War 5, Metro Exodus, Prey, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and Total War: Warhammer were played in this series to get results for the Nvidia RTX 4080 vs. Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti. The benchmarks of this series were compiled from PC Tech.

Test PC Specs

The PC used for games of the second series had the following specifications;

  • CPU: Intel core i5-13600K
  • Motherboard: Asus ROG Strix Z790 – F Gaming
  • RAM: Kingston Fury Renegade RGB DDR5 32GB
  • SSD: Samsung 980 PRO 2TB PCIe 4.0 NVMe M.2
  • Case: Cooler Master MCM-H500P-WGNN-S00

Battlefield V

Battlefield V
Frame rates of 2 graphics cards in Battlefield V

To start the comparison of the second series games’ performance, we found Battlefield V to be the best pick.

The frame rate of the Nvidia RTX 4080 was 202 FPS on average, while the performance of the RTX 3080 Ti was making it deliver 190 FPS. So, the RTX 4080 supplied 12 FPS more than RTX 3080 Ti or ~6.3% better performance.

Borderlands 3

Nvidia RTX 4080 vs Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti
Frame rates of 2 graphics cards in Borderlands 3

The RTX 4080 was managing to hand over 110 FPS in Borderlands 3 under the same conditions when the RTX 3080 Ti was delivering 109 frames per second. So, in Borderlands 3, the RTX 4080 delivered only one FPS more than RTX 3080 Ti which is not a notable lead.

Dying Light 2

 Dying Light 2
Frame rates of 2 graphics cards in Dying Light 2

In Dying Light 2, the RTX 4080 was turning over 143 frames per second, whereas the RTX 3080 Ti could manage to deliver only 110 FPS. As a result, the RTX 4080 performs 33 FPS or 30% better than the RTX 3080 Ti.

Elden Ring

Nvidia RTX 4080 vs Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti
Frame rates of 2 graphics cards in Elden Ring

Compared to the 93 FPS made by RTX 3080 Ti, the RTX 4080 was able to deliver 120 frames per second in identical circumstances. The RTX 4080 produced 27 more frames per second in Elden Ring than the RTX 3080 Ti. Therefore, the RTX 4080 produced about ~29% more FPS than those of the RTX 3080 Ti.

Gears оf War 5

Gears оf War 5
Frame rates of 2 graphics cards in Gears оf War 5

In Gears of War 5, the frame rate of the RTX 4080 was 142 FPS, compared to the RTX 3080 Ti’s 114 FPS. The RTX 4080 remained higher by 28 FPS. As a result, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 performed ~24.5% better than the RTX 3080 Ti.

Metro Exodus

Nvidia RTX 4080 vs Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti
Frame rates of 2 graphics cards in Metro Exodus

During the period of Metro Exodus, the RTX 4080 was able to produce 125 frames per second in contrast to the 93 FPS achieved by the RTX 3080 Ti. Thus, RTX 4080 won the FPS battle of Nvidia RTX 4080 vs. Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti with a lead of 32 frames per second or ~34.4% better performance.

Prey

Prey
Frame rates of 2 graphics cards in Prey

The competition was very tough in Prey because no graphics card could lead the other on average. Both the Nvidia RTX 4080 and the Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti were producing the same average rate of 253 frames per second. In some instants, the RTX 4080 tried to lead in FPS, while in other instants, the RTX 3080 Ti was leading. But there was no average superiority. 

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Nvidia RTX 4080 vs Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti
Frame rates of 2 graphics cards in Shadow of the Tomb Raider

In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, the RTX 4080 turned over 196 frames per second on average which is 40 FPS more than the frame rate of 156 FPS rendered by the RTX 3080 Ti. This performance difference equals ~25.6%, and the Nvidia RTX 4080 has served better. 

Total War: Warhammer

Warhammer
Frame rates of 2 graphics cards in Total War: Warhammer

The RTX 4080 produced 252 frames per second during Total War: Warhammer gameplay, compared to the RTX 3080 Ti’s 185 FPS. Once again, the RTX 4080 was outperforming the competition with a 67 FPS advantage or ~36.2% faster performance.

Let us discuss the benchmarks of the third series now.

Third Series – 4K

In the last series, we have discussed the performance of the Nvidia RTX 4080 vs. Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti in Diablo® II: Resurrected, Minecraft, A Plague Tale: Requiem, Fortnite, Spiderman, and Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020. We collected the benchmarks of these games from Benchmark Lab.

Test PC Specs

The system used for playing games of the last series had the specifications mentioned below;

CPU: Intel i9 13900K

Motherboard: Asus ROG Strix Z690

RAM: Gskill Z Trident DDR 5 – 6200 Mhz 32GB (2 x 16GB)

SSD: SAMSUNG 970 EVO M.2 2280 500 GB

PSU: EVGA Supernova 1000 G5, 80 Plus Gold 1000W

Cooler: AIO – Arctic Freezer 420mm

A Plague Tale: Requiem

Plague Tale Requiem
Frame rates, GPU Temperature & consumed power in A Plague Tale Requiem

We selected A Plague Tale: Requiem to start the benchmarks of the last series game. This game requires a very powerful GPU. The RTX 4080 was outputting 71 frames per second at the time we took the FPS measurement, while the RTX 3080 Ti was putting out 58 FPS.

The 1% low FPS attained by RTX 4080 was 61, and 45 FPS was the 1% low of RTX 3080 Ti.
If we talk about the average FPS during A Plague Tale: Requiem, the RTX 3080 Ti made an average of 55 while the RTX 4080 made an average of 74 frames per second. The ~35% improved average FPS and the other readings of 1% low, 0.1% low, and instantaneous FPS make RTX 4080 win the FPS battle of Nvidia RTX 4080 vs. Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti.

The load on RTX 4080 was 96% which is 2% less than the 98% GPU load on RTX 3080 Ti during the gameplay of A Plague Tale: Requiem.
The temperature of GPUs is always an important factor. The temperatures of RTX 4080 and RTX 3080 Ti were the same in this game at the point of 67 °C. This temperature is not very much high to cause any damage. So, both GPUs had a good temperature within safe limits in this game.

The power consumed by GPU plays an important role in its performance. The RTX 4080 consumed a thermal power of 293 watts, while the RTX 3080 Ti had a higher TDP of 331 watts during the gameplay.

Diablo® II: Resurrected

Nvidia RTX 4080 vs Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti
Frame rates, GPU Temperature & consumed power in Diablo® II Resurrected

When we measured FPS in the gameplay of GPU-intensive Diablo® II: Resurrected, the RTX 4080 was producing 184 frames per second while the RTX 3080 Ti was producing 144.

RTX 4080 achieved a 1% low frame rate of 124, whereas RTX 3080 Ti only managed a 1% low frame rate of 80.

The RTX 3080 Ti generated an average frame rate of 146, whereas the RTX 4080 generated an average frame rate of 183 when playing Diablo® II: Resurrected. If we compare these FPS readings with those of A Plague Tale: Requiem, all types of FPS are much higher in Diablo® II: Resurrected. This shows that Diablo® II: Resurrected is much less burdening on GPU than the previous game.

During Diablo® II: Resurrected gaming, the RTX 4080 GPU was under 99% load, and the 98% GPU load was experienced by the RTX 3080 Ti. Both GPUs were under a huge load.

In this game, the RTX 4080 reached a temperature of 64 °C, while the RTX 3080 Ti had a temperature of 69 °C. The RTX 3080 Ti was 5 °C more oppressive. 

During gameplay, the RTX 4080 used 304 watts of thermal power, whereas the RTX 3080 used 347 watts. The RTX 3080 Ti consumed 43 W more power.

Fortnite

Fortnite
Frame rates, GPU Temperature & consumed power in Fortnite

The RTX 4080 was providing 149 frames per second when we tested FPS in the gameplay of the CPU-intensive Fortnite, whereas the RTX 3080 Ti was producing 112 at that time.

The 1% low frame rate for the RTX 4080 was 99, while the 1% low frame rate for the RTX 3080 Ti was only 87.

In Fortnite, the RTX 3080 Ti produced an average frame rate of 113, whereas the RTX 4080 produced an average frame rate of 143. Again the RTX 4080 is showing a better performance by delivering more FPS.

The RTX 4080 GPU was under 97% load when playing Diablo® II: Resurrected, compared to the RTX 3080 Ti’s 99% GPU load. The load on RTX 4080 was 2% lesser, but still, the load on both GPUs was high.

The RTX 3080 Ti had a temperature of 69 °C, whereas the RTX 4080 hit 63 °C when playing this game. So, the RTX 3080 Ti was six degrees hotter in Fortnite.

The RTX 4080 used 299 watts of thermal power when gaming, compared to the RTX 3080’s 331 watts. 32 W more power was consumed by the RTX 3080 Ti. This difference has become short in Fortnite, while it was 43 watts in Diablo® II: Resurrected.

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020

Nvidia RTX 4080 vs Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti
Frame rates, GPU Temperature & consumed power in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020

In GPU-burdening Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020, the RTX 4080 was producing 129 frames per second, while the RTX 3080 Ti was generating only 77 FPS at the moment.

The RTX 4080 had a 1% low FPS of 99, while the RTX 3080 Ti had a low 1% FPS of only 87.

In this game, the RTX 3080 Ti and RTX 4080 delivered average frame rates of 124 and 78, respectively. By providing higher FPS, the RTX 4080 is once more demonstrating superior performance in Nvidia RTX 4080 vs. Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti. The difference in FPS delivered by 2 GPUs has increased from Fortnite to MSFS 2020.

Also Read: RTX 3080 Vs. 3080 Ti

When playing MSFS 2020, the RTX 4080 GPU was under 86% load as opposed to the RTX 3080 Ti’s 96% GPU load. The load on RTX 4080 was 10% less than it was on the other GPU.

Throughout the game, the RTX 4080 reached 64 °C, and the RTX 3080 Ti reached 71 °C. It was seven degrees warmer with the RTX 3080 Ti.

During gameplay, the RTX 4080 consumed 280 watts of thermal power as opposed to the RTX 3080’s 341 watts. The RTX 3080 Ti used 61 W more energy than the RTX 3080. In 3rd series, it’s the first time the RTX 4080 consumed that low TDP.

Minecraft

Minecraft
Frame rates, GPU Temperature and consumed power in Minecraft

The RTX 4080 was yielding 94 frames per second in the CPU-taxing Minecraft, whereas the RTX 3080 Ti was only able to generate 66 FPS.

While the RTX 3080 Ti only had a low 1% FPS of 50, the RTX 4080 had a low 1% FPS of 84.

The RTX 3080 Ti and RTX 4080 produced 92 and 66 average frame rates in this game, respectively.  Once again, the RTX 4080 is showcasing greater performance in Nvidia RTX 4080 vs. Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti by offering higher FPS.

The RTX 4080 GPU was 99% loaded while playing MSFS 2020, and the RTX 3080 Ti also had the same 99% GPU load. The load on both GPUs was extremely high.

The RTX 4080 reached 65 °C, and the RTX 3080 Ti reached 68 °C during Minecraft.

The RTX 4080 used 279 watts of thermal power during gameplay as opposed to the RTX 3080’s 312 watts. Compared to the RTX 3080 Ti’s previous power consumption, it consumed lesser power in Minecraft.

Spiderman

Nvidia RTX 4080 vs Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti
Frame rates, GPU Temperature & consumed power in Spiderman

In Marvel’s Spiderman, the RTX 4080 was yielding 98 frames per second at the time we took performance readings, whereas the RTX 3080 Ti could only provide 60 FPS at that time. 

The RTX 4080 had a low 1% FPS of 78, while the RTX 3080 Ti merely had a low 1% FPS of 56.

In this game, the RTX 3080 Ti and RTX 4080 generated 90 and 61 average frame rates, respectively. The RTX 4080 had a lead of about 44-50% in providing better FPS during the game.

The time consumed by RTX 4080 was 13.0 ms to complete each frame, while the RTX 3080 Ti had a frame time of 15.0 ms.

The GPU memory used to play was 10.1 GBs for RTX 4080, while the RTX 3080 Ti consumed 10.3 GBs of GPU memory.

While playing Spiderman, the RTX 4080 GPU was only 93% loaded, and the RTX 3080 Ti had a similar GPU load of 98%. The load on RTX 4080 was 6% less than that in Minecraft.

During the Spiderman, the RTX 4080 reached 62 °C, and the RTX 3080 Ti reached 67 °C. The difference of five degrees is illustrious, and the RTX 4080 is cooler.

In gameplay, the RTX 4080 consumed 280 watts of thermal power as opposed to the RTX 3080’s 310 watts. The difference in power consumed by 2 two GPUs has declined from the first to the ultimate game of the last series.

Overall Gaming Performance

We will talk about the overall gaming performance of the Nvidia RTX 4080 vs. Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti in terms of frames per second and the time of each frame.

FPS

When we calculated the mean of average, maximum, and minimum FPS of each game of all series, the following results were obtained as indicated by the graph.

Nvidia RTX 4080 vs Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti
FPS delivered by 2 Graphics cards

The results are pretty obvious from the graph. 

The RTX 4080 turned over about near about 37% more frames per second on average as we calculated using the results of all games’ average FPS. 

The maximum FPS was achieved by RTX 4080 in almost all the games. The average maximum came up to 152 FPS, while the average maximum FPS of RTX 3080 Ti was 123. It’s a splendid lead of 29 FPS on average maximum.
While talking about the minimum FPS, here it was reached by RTX 3080 Ti in the majority of games. The average minimum FPS of RTX 3080 Ti is 50 FPS, while that of RTX 4080 69 is about 38 percent more than that delivered by RTX 3080 Ti.

The FPS results are loudly saying that the RTX 4080 is much better than the RTX 3080 Ti. And the graph tells us that RTX 4080 has 35-40% improved FPS performance over RTX 3080 Ti.

Frame Time

The frame time is the reciprocal of FPS. It is the time required to complete one frame. For a gamer, a lower frame time is better for enjoying a game with minimum lag. We have calculated the average frame time consumed by Nvidia RTX 4080 vs. Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti, and it is shown in the graph below.

Frame time
Frame time of 2 GPUs

From calculations, the average frame time consumed by RTX 4080 came to be 11.5 ms, while this frame time average was 14.7 ms in the case of RTX 3080 Ti.
The RTX 4080 completed each frame by saving 3.2 ms. That tells the RTX 4080 had an efficiency of ~28% over RTX 3080 Ti in terms of the frame time.

Power Consumption & Thermal Efficiency

As you have seen in technical differences, the thermal design power and maximum operating temperature of RTX 3080 Ti are greater in Nvidia RTX 4080 vs. Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti. But what about the power consumption and thermal efficiency during gameplay? 

Power Consumption

The TDPs of RTX 4080 and RTX 3080 Ti are 320 and 350 watts. The average power consumption of two GPUs calculated by taking the mean of power consumption by GPUs in all the games is shown in the following graph.

Nvidia RTX 4080 vs Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti
The average power consumed by 2 GPUs

The RTX 3080 Ti consumed about 328 watts of power on average in all games, while the RTX 4080 consumed less power on average at a value of 289 watts.

The greater power consumption leads to greater electricity bills. By choosing RTX 4080 over RTX 3080 Ti you can save up to 39.5 watts of power. It will save you about 13.65% of electricity costs.

Thermal Efficiency

The maximum temperatures of RTX 4080 and RTX 3080 Ti are 90 °C and 93 °C. However, the higher temperatures can be damaging to your graphics card. The following graph shows the temperature of 2 GPUs calculated by taking the mean of individual temperatures in all games.

Average temperatures
Average temperatures of the two graphics cards

The average temperature of the RTX 4080 was 76.1 °C in all the games, while it was 79 °C for RTX 3080 Ti. Even better performance was given by the RTX 4080, but still, the average temperature of RTX 3080 Ti is higher. This tells us that the RTX 4080 is thermally more efficient.

The disparities were noted in some games like the temperature of 81 °C was observed for RTX 4080 in God of War and Red Dead Redemption 2, and a temperature of 67 °C was observed for RTX 3080 Ti in Spiderman and A Plague Tale Requiem. However, the average temperature of both GPUs is below their rated maximum temperatures, which means both the graphic cards were operating at safe temperatures.

Price and Availability

Now the question comes which GPU offers the best value for the money? NVIDIA launched the RTX 4080 with a price tag of 1199$ in November 2022, and the RTX 3080 TI was released with the same price tag of 1199$ in June 2021.

However, the market price of RTX 3080 TI today is between 1200$ and 1400$, and it is easily available on Amazon and other sites. On the other hand, the current price of Nvidia’s latest RTX 4080 graphics card is higher than that. The Gigabyte version RTX 4080 has an average cost of $1550-1600. The Zotac and PNY variants cost lesser, and their price is $1400 to $1500.

The ASUS variants of graphics cards are usually expensive; the ASUS TUF Gaming GeForce RTX® 4080 has a price of $1699. At the same time, the most expensive one is the ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX® 4080 OC Edition, which is priced at up to $2000. The GeForce RTX 4080 is now available for sale in offline markets and e-commerce websites like Amazon and eBay etc.

Which One Should You Go For?

After the profound interpretation of Nvidia RTX 4080 vs. Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti, we noted the following things. The CUDA®, Tensor, and Ray Tracing cores of RTX 3080 Ti are more than those of RTX 4080. A greater number of cores can help in better processing. However, the technology of chip design of RTX 4080 is the latest and improved. 

The RTX 4080 comes with the latest Ada Lovelace architecture, and the RTX 3080 Ti has the Ampere architecture. The AD-103 chip of RTX 4080 is manufactured in a 4 nm fabrication process, while the GA-102 of RTX 3080 Ti is simulated in an 8 nm production process.
There are much more transistors with smaller die sizes in RTX 4080 to improve the GPU performance to brilliant limits and make the size of the graphics card smaller.

Both the base and boost clock speeds of RTX 4080 are much greater than RTX 3080 Ti. Thus, the new RTX 4080 can perform tasks with greater speed saving a lot of precious time.

The TDP of RTX 4080 is less than that of RTX 3080 Ti, so the electricity can be saved by going for RTX 4080, which will reduce your electricity cost.

The maximum temperature of the RTX 3080 Ti is 3 °C more than that of the RTX 4080. So, RTX 3080 Ti can operate at a higher temperature.

The major benefit of RTX 4080 is that it has 16 GB RAM while the RAM of RTX 3080 Ti is 12 GB. Large RAM helps in better gaming. Also, the memory speed and bandwidth of the RTX 4080 are much higher than those of the RTX 3080 Ti.

You have already seen the gaming performance of both graphics cards. So, to conclude, we would recommend that you should go for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 instead of the RTX 3080 Ti because of its much better performance and improved technology. However, if RTX 4080 is not available to you or the price in the market becomes very much high, you can also go for RTX 3080 Ti as its performance is also good in gaming and other applications if not compared with the RTX 4080.

Common Questions Answered

What is the RAM of Nvidia RTX 4080, 12 GB or 16 GB?

The RAM of the Nvidia RTX 4080 is 16 GB with 256-Bit interface width, a memory speed of 22.4 GB/s, and a bandwidth of 912 GB/s. The 12 GB variant of RTX 4080 was declared not to launch.

Can I overclock RTX 3080 Ti?

Yes, the RTX 3080 Ti is unlocked for overclocking.

What is the architecture of RTX 4080, and which chip is used for it?

The RTX 4080 has the current Ada Lovelace architecture. And the chip used for it is AD-103 which is simulated at TSMC in a 4 nm fabrication process.

Which graphics card is better for gaming, RTX 4080 or RTX 3080 Ti?

The RTX 4080 is better among the two graphics cards. Its performance is 35-40% better than the RTX 3080 Ti.

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Abdemanaf has been a creative writer since 2011. He first dwelled in the tech world in early 2015 and has since compared many product offerings by different companies. Abdemanaf started working for Tech4Gamers in February 2022 as a blog and comparison writer.

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