ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 4080 SUPER OC review

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Final words and conclusion

The ASUS ROG Strix RTX 4080 SUPER OC stands out as a high-performance model in the current graphics card market. This analysis aims to determine whether its premium price aligns with its performance capabilities, especially when compared to alternatives like the AMD Radeon RX 7000 series and older Nvidia RTX models. The RTX 4080 SUPER, despite its high performance, faces challenges in the market due to an unfavourable price-performance ratio. We can appreciate that, it also makes the 'older' 4080 abundant, and as such NVIDIA will phase out its sales to be replaced with this SUPER model. Much like the entire 4000 series, the GeForce RTX 4080 also focuses heavily on Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) technology, with upgraded Tensor cores supporting DLSS 3.5. This enhancement is reported to double performance efficiency, and NVIDIA suggests potential future gains of three to four times with optimized game implementations. From a visual perspective, the graphics rendered on monitors are impressive, offering a high-quality visual experience. Another aspect of debate remains the 12VPWR power connector introduced with these cards. While the connector itself is deemed safe, issues (can) arise when bending the cables too near the connector, especially if the cables are of lower quality. This can create potentially hazardous situations. Our recommendation is to bend cables at least 3-4cm away from the connector, ensuring they are securely and tightly plugged in. Our tests, including FLIR imaging assessments, have not revealed any safety issues with the connectors on these cards. And we tested a lot of them by now. 

Geforce RTX 4080 SUPER:

  • CUDA Cores: 10240
  • Memory: 16GB GDDR6X at 23 Gbps
  • Total Graphics Power (TGP): 320W
  • Power Consumption: Approx. 246W during gameplay, 15W in idle
  • Key Features: 4K Full RT gaming, advanced AI capabilities
  • Expected Release Date: January 31

Performance

The performance metrics are clear, the GeForce RTX 4080 SUPER stands out, particularly in gaming performance and rendering quality. This card offers better value compared to the 4090, achieving high-level performance that facilitates 4K resolution gaming. It's ideal for enthusiast gamers who use Ultra-Wide HD (UWHD), Quad HD (QHD), or Ultra HD (UHD) monitors. The RTX 4080 features an advanced rasterizer engine that surpasses previous performance limits, thanks in part to its 10k Shading processors. Additionally, the RTX 40 series introduced a new generation of Ray tracing and Tensor cores, which have proven to be significantly more powerful. The core counts of RT and Tensor should not be the sole focus; their performance efficiency is what truly matters. Located near the shader engine, these cores have become more efficient, a fact that is evident in their output. While Tensor cores are often challenging to quantify, our observations indicate robust performance, as evidenced by the impressive results with DLSS3 technology. The GeForce RTX 4080 is versatile, delivering super performance (pardon the pun) at resolutions ranging from 2K (2560x1440) to 4K (3840x2160).


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Cooling & noise levels

The cooling design of this GeForce RTX 4080 SUPER is notably efficient. As a high-end gaming product, it naturally consumes a considerable amount of power. On average, a founder edition of the card uses about 280-320 Watts under full load, this one sits a notch higher. This power usage directly correlates to the amount of heat generated by the GPU inside a closed case. In terms of acoustics, the card reaches around 33-34 dBA under intense stress, which is a gradual process as the card slowly heats up. This noise level is measured at performance mode and as such that BIOS modus is not only a notch faster, it's silent as well. Under stress, the GPU temperature can reach approximately 60-65°C, with variations depending on the airflow within the computer chassis. Thermal imaging tests reveal no alarming issues. However, it's important to note that custom versions of the card from different manufacturers may exhibit higher power consumption due to factors like increased Total Graphics Power (TGP), RGB lighting, and liquid cooling systems.

Energy consumption

We previously mentioned the power consumption of the GeForce RTX 4080 SUPER, which is notably high, especially in the context of rising energy prices. Our measurements indicate that the power draw under intense gaming conditions is around 280-325 Watts. This increased power consumption is the compromise for enhanced performance in this specific model of the graphics card. In typical gaming scenarios, the power usage can vary but often exceeds 275 Watts. It is anticipated that cards from board partners may exhibit even higher power consumption due to increased Total Graphics Power (TGP) allowances.

Coil whine

The presence of coil squeal in any GeForce RTX 4000 graphics card can vary, depending on the degree of the issue. It becomes audible when reaching high framerates, but typically remains at a manageable level. Within an enclosed case, this sound is likely to blend into the background noise. In our experience with this specific card, the coil squeal has been hardly noticeable to us. As so often with ASUS products, we noticed some coil whine with this card and classified it as moderate.

Pricing

The suggested retail price for the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 SUPER, as set by the manufacturer, is $999 for the MSRP products. This price point is relatively high but far better than the original $1199, especially when considering that the ideal cost for a graphics card should be lower than that of a current gaming console. Add-in Board (AIB) versions, which offer more advanced products (relatively speaking), will likely get priced higher. It is expected that these models will cost an extra $50-100.  Now, I can say all kinds of rude things about prices, but these products will still sell no matter what I say. We do not yet know the final pricing, but will not be surprised to see it sell at 1299 USD / 1400 EUR. Which is just too much money if you ask me. 

Tweaking

ASUS allows for a hefty +131 on the power limiter.  The clock frequency can be safely increased by approximately +150-200 MHz, resulting in the GPU's boost clock reaching between 3000-3100. It's noteworthy that these frequencies can vary depending on the specific game title, as they dynamically adjust. The card's memory also shows potential for enhancement, capable of reaching up to 26 Gbps. These combined adjustments have yielded an approximate 9% increase in performance, especially in demanding GPU scenarios, compared to the baseline performance of the founder edition reference model.


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Conclusion

Design-wise, the ROG Strix from ASUS will likely attract enthusiasts with its aesthetic. Overall, the ASUS ROG Strix RTX 4080 SUPER OC presents itself as a high-quality option for enthusiasts and overclockers, though its price point remains a significant factor in this review. Regarding the GeForce RTX 4080 SUPER, its hardware and performance are commendable, but let's face it 3% extra performance is a little dull, no the true benefit of this release needs to be the lower pricing of $999. The ADA GPU architecture of the 4080 SUPER demonstrates proficient performance. It boasts about 1.5 times the raw shader performance compared to its predecessors, along with enhanced Raytracing and Tensor core capabilities. Technologies like Shader Execution Reordering (SER) and DLSS 3 further enhance the capabilities of the Series 4000, making it a standout product. Add to that features like DLSS 3.5 with ray Reconstruction and Frame generation and you are bound to be able to use this graphics card for years. The GeForce RTX 4080 is notable for its impressive performance numbers. It is particularly suitable for gamers who use Ultra HD or have a minimum monitor resolution of 2560x1440. For those who can afford it, the 4080 SUPER is a valuable addition to any high-end gaming setup. For instance, games like Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020, when combined with DLSS 3.0, achieve over 100 FPS at high resolutions. Similarly, Cyberpunk in  UHD, raytracing, and DLSS 3.5, exceeds 100 FPS. The recent move towards Ray reconstruction also moved NVIDA into that sweet spot. The card excels in Ultra HD gaming, whether using standard shading or a combination of hybrid ray-tracing and DLSS 3.0/3.5. The 4080 SUPER at $999 is now far more affordable than the 4080 , it still represents a significant financial commitment, offering remarkable performance. Fact remains fact though, that the RTX 4080 SUPER is an impressive graphics card that promises to deliver high satisfaction for years, though it comes at a high cost and with relatively high energy consumption. The ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 4080 SUPER OC Edition is a high-quality video card characterized by its die-cast design and refined finish. It features a balanced RGB lighting scheme that enhances its aesthetic appeal. The card's cooling system is notably efficient, maintaining low noise levels even under load. This efficiency contributes to the card's ability to deliver playable frame rates in demanding 4K games, with Ray Tracing enabled, utilizing both upscaling and native rendering techniques. In terms of pricing, the card is positioned at a premium, costing likely $250 above the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP), considering the scarcity of the Founders Edition on the market we have no idea how that'll pan out for ASUS. I'd opt for the Founder RTX 4080 at this kind of money. In the end, the ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 4080 SUPER  OC Edition stands out for its performance capabilities right out of the box. It effectively utilizes the RTX 4080 SUPER Thermal Design Power (TDP) and pushes the GeForce RTX 4080 GPU to its higher operational limits whilst staying completely silent and cool. For PC gamers aiming to acquire a top-tier GeForce RTX 4080 SUPER variant, this model merits consideration due to its combination of design, cooling efficiency, and performance optimization.

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