GeForce RTX 4080 vs. 4090: 4K Benchmarks
At 4K, you are truly GPU-bound, allowing the RTX 4090 to fully stretch its legs. Deltas of 14% grow to 26% as the Ada flagship marches ahead.
A Plague Tale is 26% faster on the RTX 4090, while Cyberpunk 2077 and Assassins’ Creed: Valhalla holds a lead of 20% over the RTX 4080 at 4K. Dying Light 2 is an exception, while F1 2022 is an abomination. The former nets 98 FPS average on the RTX 4090, just 6 FPS higher than the RTX 4080. F1 2022, on the other hand, is faster on the RX 7900 XTX, leaving a delta of 14% between the two GeForce cards.
Ghostwire Tokyo doesn’t play any differently, leaving a paltry 7 FPS gap between the GeForce RTX 4080 and 4090. Hitman 3 runs exceptionally well on the RTX 4090, granting it a lead of 29% over the RTX 4080, while Hogwarts Legacy extends it to 31% (at 4K).
Shadow of the Tomb Raider is another well-optimized title, averaging 186.5 FPS on the RTX 4090 and 145 FPS on the RTX 4080. A 29% uplift is nothing to scoff at. The Callisto Protocol is a whopping 40% faster than the RTX 4080 on an RTX 4090 with an average of 84 FPS and 119 FPS, respectively.
Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands, another AMD title, averages 132.5 FPS on the RTX 4090, registering a lead of 37% over the RTX 4080.
GeForce RTX 4080 vs. 4090: Ray Tracing Benchmarks
Moving to ray-traced benchmarks, we see NVIDIA killing the competition. The GeForce RTX 4090 is nearly 2x as fast as the RX 7900 XTX, leading the RTX 4080 by 24% in “A Plague Tale”. Crysis Remastered uses software-based ray tracing, granting the RTX 4090 a paltry single-digit advantage over the 4080.
Cyberpunk 2077 has an extensive implementation of RT. Here, we see the RTX 4090 net an average of 28% higher than the RTX 4080 and nearly 40% higher than the RX 7900 XTX. F1 2022 performs better on the RTX 4090 with ray-tracing enabled. It beats the RTX 4080 by 15% and the RX 7900 XTX by 15.5%.
Hogwarts Legacy now runs quite well on GeForce cards, with the RTX 4090 maintaining a lead of 16% over the RTX 4080. The Callisto Protocol doesn’t produce a repeat with a negligible difference between the two SKUs. Shadow of the Tomb Raider continues its “well-optimized” streak, averaging 229 FPS on the RTX 4090, up from 167.5 FPS on the RTX 4080 at 4K.