The reviews for the RTX 4080 SUPER by NVIDIA have been postponed due to a Founders Edition sampling issue, where some cards arrived too late for equal testing time. Consequently, the release date has been shifted to January 31st, causing a delay in the availability of reviews, even for the purported “MSRP” models.
In China, the significance of the RTX 4080 SUPER lies in being a crucial SKU, especially considering the absence of a higher-end alternative unless opting for the pricey and limited overclocking supported RTX 4090D. The RTX 4080 SUPER, as the second-best choice, offers a proper custom design without restrictions, and notably, it comes at a lower cost compared to the original 4080.
Today, the reviewer from Hong Kong known as “chaowanke” shared a review video of the RTX 4080 SUPER. He stated that the sample was independently purchased, indicating that the embargo might not affect him. The testing commenced on Monday, with both synthetic and gaming benchmarks being shared today.
The review revolves around the AX GAMING X3W model, a customized white GPU tailored for the Chinese market and under the AX GAMING sub-brand of Inno3D. Utilizing a Core i7-14700K system with 32GB DDR5-6000 memory, the review compares it with RTX 4090, 4080, and 4070 Ti SUPER, the closest SKUs in the RTX 40 lineup. Notably, the RTX 4080 based on Inno3D X3 design boasts a 60 Hz higher clock than most custom designs, a significant detail implying a potentially narrower performance gap between the two models, which turns out to be the case.
The reviewer affirms that in synthetic tests, the RTX 4080 SUPER outpaces the 4080 by a maximum of 2.4%, particularly evident in the Speed Way test, while displaying either similar or occasionally inferior performance in gaming scenarios.
In gaming benchmarks at 2K and 4K resolutions, the RTX 4080 SUPER and RTX 4080 interchange positions. However, the impact of the higher-clocked Inno3D design influences the gap between the two cards. The marginal difference suggests that gamers might opt for the original 4080 if they come across a compelling deal. Alternatively, for those inclined toward 4K gaming, chaowanke suggests the RTX 4090 as a potentially better choice.