NVIDIA’s RTX 4080 12GB Loses Out to The RTX 3090 Ti in Official Benchmarks

NVIDIA’s RTX 4090 is now officially on shelves. Yesterday, we summarized a few reviews of the RTX 4090. Read more about that here. NVIDIA while showcasing their DLSS 3.0 technology gave us a sneak peek of the expected performance for the RTX 4080 12/16GB variants. At first glance, the RTX 4080 12GB while being priced similar to the RTX 3090 Ti, loses in select benchmarks. 

Microsoft Flight Simulator

The test bench used by NVIDIA features Intel’s top-notch i9-12900K paired with 32GB of RAM on the Windows 11 OS. The grey bars represent raw raster performance, whereas the green and lime colors showcase the DLSS 2.0 and DLSS 3.0 metrics respectively.

The RTX 4090 takes the charge by posing a respective lead of 40% over the Ampere kingpin without DLSS. However, the RTX 4080 12GB seems to fall short of the 3090 Ti while being priced almost similar. The 4080 16GB is almost on par with RTX 4090, giving it a massive leap in price-to-performance.

Lovelace vs Ampere in Microsoft Flight Simulator | NVIDIA

RTX 4090 vs the RTX 3090 Ti;

  • Raw Raster Performance -> 40% Faster
  • DLSS 2.0 vs DLSS 3.0 -> 100% Faster

RTX 4080 12GB vs the RTX 3090 Ti;

  • Raw Raster Performance -> 1% Slower
  • DLSS 2.0 vs DLSS 3.0 -> 60% Faster

A Plague Tale : Requiem

Moving over to A Plague Tale : Requiem, the RTX 4090 remains uncontested by crushing the 3090 Ti by more than 2x. DLSS 3.0 does tip the balance slightly in favor of the 3090 Ti with the 4090’s lead dropping to 1.9x.

Lovelace vs Ampere in A Plague Tale Requiem | NVIDIA

RTX 4090 vs the RTX 3090 Ti;

  • Raw Raster Performance -> 112% Faster
  • DLSS 2.0 vs DLSS 3.0 -> 92.30% Faster

RTX 4080 12GB vs the RTX 3090 Ti;

  • Raw Raster Performance -> 23% Slower
  • DLSS 2.0 vs DLSS 3.0 -> 16% Faster

F1 22

At last, we have F1 22 which will receive a DLSS 3.0 update soon. The RTX 4090 is almost 60% faster than the RTX 3090 Ti. DLSS 3.0 extends this lead to 85%. Yet again, the RTX 4080 12GB fails to deliver performance on-par with the best offerings from the RTX 3000 lineup.

Lovelace vs Ampere in F1 22 | NVIDIA

RTX 4090 vs the RTX 3090 Ti;

  • Raw Raster Performance -> 60% Faster
  • DLSS 2.0 vs DLSS 3.0 -> 85% Faster

RTX 4080 12GB vs the RTX 3090 Ti;

  • Raw Raster Performance -> 6% Slower
  • DLSS 2.0 vs DLSS 3.0 -> 14% Faster


All in all, the RTX 4090 is a solid upgrade from last generation. This GPU is literally the definition of ‘overkill’. The other Lovelace GPUs have not seen the best reaction from the community due to the NVIDIA’s pricing strategy. The RTX 4080 12GB comes in at around $900, but loses out to the RTX 3090 Ti which is for around $1000-$1049.

DLSS 3.0 might be the game changer for those stuck on deciding between the 3090 Ti or the 4080 12GB. However, productivity wise, the 24GB of G6X offered by the RTX 3090 Ti is really compelling. The only way to see for yourself is to wait until these GPUs get tested. Do note that the 4080 12GB may have something up its sleeve offering it more productivity performance.

SKUChipFP32/CUDASMsMax ClockCacheMemory BusVRAMMemory SpecSpeed (Gbps)TDP
RTX 4000 TitanAD102-450184321443.0GHz+?96MB?384/382-bit48GBGDDR6X24~800W
RTX 4090 TiAD102-350181761423.0 GHz?96MB382-bit24GBGDDR6X24475W
RTX 4090AD102-300-A1163841282.52GHz96MB384-bit24GBGDDR6X21
450W+ (TGP) / 660W (Max TGP)
RTX 4080 TiAD102148481162.7 GHz?80MB?320-bit20GBGDDR6X23420W
RTX 4080 (Variant 1)AD103-300-A19728762.505GHz64MB256-bit16GBGDDR6X22.5
320W(TGP)/ 516W (Max TGP)
RTX 4080 (Variant 2)AD104-400-A17680602.61GHz48MB192-bit12GBGDDR6X21
285W (TGP) /366W (Max TGP)
RTX 4070 TiAD104-300?7680603.0GHz??192-bit12GBGDDR6X21300W?
RTX 4070 (New)AD104-275?716856??160-bit10GBGDDR6X21250W
RTX 4060 TiAD1046656523.2 GHz?40MB?160-bit10GBGDDR6X (?)18275W
RTX 4060AD1064352343.0 GHz?32MB128-bit8GBGDDR6X (?)18240W


Abdullah Faisal
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