There’s only one use for an RTX 4080 Ti, and it’s not what y…

Three RTX 4080 cards sitting on a pink background.
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According to the latest round of leaks, Nvidia could be preparing an RTX 4080 Ti, which will come out in the first few months of 2024. While such a GPU would certainly rank highly among the best graphics cards, it’s not absolutely necessary right now – there are plenty of high-end GPUs floating around. However, there is one reason I would like to see an RTX 4080 Ti; To bring down the price of RTX 4080.

MEGAsizeGPU, a frequent speculator in the graphics card sector, shared over the weekend that the RTX 4080 Super, or perhaps Ti, will be coming out in a few months. Given Nvidia’s current naming convention in this generation, a Ti card seems more likely. According to MEGAsizeGPU, the card will be based on Nvidia’s flagship AD102 chip and will have a power consumption of less than 450 watts. Other specs are a mystery, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Nvidia added some more VRAM to the card – 20GB seems likely. The increase from AD103 to AD102 should also yield a nice upgrade in CUDA core count – dare I say in the 12,000 to 13,000 range?

Although these specs sound good on paper, we don’t really need the RTX 4080 Ti (or the RTX 4090 Ti for that matter). The RTX 4080 already matches AMD’s top GPU, the RX 7900 XTX, quite evenly. While AMD’s card wins in rasterization, Nvidia’s RTX 4080 has access to DLSS3, which gives it the edge if you care about that. Then, there’s the RTX 4090 which blows both cards out of the water.

We’ve covered GPUs whose next generation costs more than $1,000. There’s no point in taking a step up between the RTX 4080 and RTX 4090, as both cards are already extremely expensive. We don’t need the RTX 4080 Ti, but if it drops the base RTX 4080 below $1,000 I’m on board.

The leaker implies that the RTX 4080 Ti will be in the same price range as the RTX 4080. If it’s priced at $1,200 from the start, it will be essentially what the RTX 4080 should always be – a premium card with ultra-high quality. Final performance. As it stands now, the RTX 4080 has the worst performance-to-price ratio we’ve seen in years.

There will be a 4080S (probably Ti) in early 2024.
Based on AD102, TGP below 450W, same price range as 4080

— MegaSizeGPU (@Zed__Wang) 7 October 2023

When the RTX 4080 launched almost a year ago, Nvidia’s outrageous pricing strategy once again reared its ugly head. The xx80 GPU, priced at $1,200, was already problematic enough, but on top of that, its performance was significantly worse than the $1,600 RTX 4090. Furthermore, its last-gen predecessor was priced at only $700 at launch.

Although I’m happy with my RTX 4080, I decided to get it knowing that it is one of the worst GPUs in terms of performance per dollar. My main regret is not saving up to get the RTX 4090 instead, as that card is really worth the money compared to the RTX 4080 – but that may change if the RTX 4080 Ti is released at a reasonable price.

If the RTX 4080 Ti steals the RTX 4080’s price tag, we’re bound to see some price cuts later on. You can already find some models of the card for around $1,050, and if the price officially drops to around $950 to $1,000, its value will automatically skyrocket. I would love to see it go down to $900, but that may just be wishful thinking.

Will this really happen? Will Nvidia adjust the price of RTX 4080? I sure hope so. It’s not a bad card, it’s just a terrible value. And while we don’t really need the RTX 4080 Ti, if that’s what Nvidia needs to make the RTX 4080 more affordable, I’ll take it. In this process we can get two GPUs with better value.






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