The GeForce RTX 4080 offers a good 50-60% performance boost over the RTX 3080 in gaming workloads. Going by previous launches, this is a fairly moderate gen-over-gen uplift, and ignoring DLSS 3 and higher ray-tracing throughput, you’re buying a card that’s barely ahead of the RTX 3090 Ti. There is one area where the RTX 4080 shines: rendering and game development:
Testing on behalf of PugetSystems shows the RTX 4080 is over 80% faster than its predecessor in purely rendering workloads, including Unreal Engine 4. In Blender and Redshift, it is 80% and 67% faster than the RTX 3080, respectively.
OctaneBench and V-Ray (RTX mode) exhibit similar results. In V-Ray, the RTX 4080 beats its predecessor by roughly 70%, leading both the RTX 3090 and 3090 Ti by an appreciable margin.
At last, we have Unreal Engine, one of the most popular game development platforms. The GeForce RTX 4080 is nearly 70% faster than the RTX 3080. This is in line with what we saw in most games throughout our testing.
All in all, the GeForce RTX 4080 is a solid SKU for game developers and content creators, offering solid gen-over-gen performance uplifts, albeit at inflated prices.