Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 – Release date, news and rumors
What will the new RTX 4080 be like?
At the moment, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 is turning its first year, but even after a seemingly extremely long time since its release, it is almost impossible to buy a video card. And that doesn’t stop us from getting the first rumors and data on the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080, which could arrive at some point in 2022.
The next generation graphics card will likely be based on Nvidia’s Lovelace architecture, which looks more and more like a direct legacy of the Ampere design behind the RTX 3080. However, given the global chip shortage and monstrous demand, we wouldn’t be surprised if the current the generation of graphics cards will last a little longer – even if the rumors indicate otherwise.
However, even after fencing off the difficult market situation for the new generation very early, the most optimistic rumors point to the next generation of graphics cards before October 2022. In the meantime, we continue to collect leaks and rumors about the next Nvidia graphics cards, which you will always find in this article.
- What’s this? Next Nvidia graphics card;
- When to expect? The date will be formed later, while it is the end of 2022;
- What is the price? Unknown;
NVIDIA GEFORCE RTX 4080: RELEASE DATE
It is clear that we are extremely far from the launch of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 at the moment, but we have already seen several rumors about when the new series of graphics cards should be expected. The main leak came from famed Twitter purveyor @kopite7kimi who suggested that Lovelace, the architecture behind the RTX 4080, would launch “a little early”.
This information refers to earlier rumors that the next generation graphics architecture is expected at the end of 2022. Throw in the information from another insider suggesting that the next graphics card will be released in October 2022 and it looks like we could see the new Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 almost exactly two years after the release of the RTX 3080.
And rightly so, since most generations of video cards last about two years. The RTX 2080, for example, came out in September 2018, just over two years since the GTX 1080 was released in May 2016. And, of course, the RTX 3080 came out in September 2020, which is almost two years later. So, if Nvidia is going to continue to release video cards, you should aim for September or October of next year.
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NVIDIA GEFORCE RTX 4080: PRICES
It seems absurd at the moment, but at the time of reviewing the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080, we were praising the card for a huge performance boost at a significant price reduction relative to the RTX 2080 Super. Now, a year later, we can see how it turned out.
While the stunning price spike you’re seeing today isn’t Nvidia’s fault, we strongly doubt the company won’t take advantage of the rising prices people continue to pay for new graphics cards. It’s still too early to discuss the pricing of the next cards, but we’d be surprised if Nvidia didn’t raise the prices of the next cards.
This is pure speculation on our part, but given that we haven’t seen an RTX 3080 under $1,000 since its release a year ago, we wouldn’t be surprised to see an RRP on an RTX 4080 in the same price range. Nvidia can certainly surprise with the $699 RTX 4080 release, but we’re bracing ourselves for disappointment.
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NVIDIA GEFORCE RTX 4080: WHAT DO WE WANT TO SEE?
Given that right now we don’t have any details on what Nvidia’s new Lovelace architecture will be able to do, other than that it looks like it will be based on a 5nm process and offer next-generation ray tracing, we thought it was worth a look. to Ampere to put together a wishlist of sorts for next generation graphics cards.
FULL 8K VIDEO CARD
Even though the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 was billed as the first graphics card for 8K gaming when it was released in September 2020, even the 3090 had a hard time at that resolution, and that was before you even pushed the picture quality up. Instead, to unlock the full potential of 8K, you had to rely on DLSS, which performs better than ever before.
We wish the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 could run new games at 8K resolution and high graphics settings without having to rely on DLSS. It may just be a dream, but we would like that kind of performance.
MORE VIDEO MEMORY
The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 is equipped with 10 GB of VRAM, and any 2022 graphics card, in our opinion, should start from this figure and offer more.
It seems like Nvidia figured this out halfway through the current generation by offering 12GB on the RTX 3060. That’s right, the entry-level graphics card has more VRAM than the flagship graphics card. With the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080, we’d like to see at least 16GB of VRAM.
OTHER DLSS SOLUTIONS
Now that AMD has launched its own FidelityFX Super Resolution technology, we’re seeing tons of games rely on it thanks to its open and free nature. But DLSS still looks better for those using Nvidia graphics cards. With the launch of the RTX 4080, we would be happy if Nvidia offered a large selection of AAA PC games using this technology to justify the cost overruns incurred by users of these graphics cards.
BEST RAY TRACING PERFORMANCE
And this is the most obvious wish, but the inclusion of ray tracing on any video card has a monstrous effect on performance. It’s unrealistic to ask Nvidia for a graphics card that can just run RT technology without any change in load – at least for now – but we’d like to see major improvements so that users don’t have to choose between frame rate and beautiful visuals.