Review: NVIDIA RTX 4080 Founders Edition

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NVIDIA RTX 4080 FE:

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As a reminder, the cards of the “Founders Edition” series are unique models offered by NVIDIA. The main advantage of these cards is that they are offered at a “locked-in” price that will not change in the coming weeks or months unless the price is lowered. This NVIDIA RTX 4080 Founders Edition is listed at $1 199 (€1469) on the NVIDIA website. NVIDIA’s partners will also offer their own model but at a higher price since few of them manage to match the price of the Founders Edition. Visually, NVIDIA has kept a similar design to the RTX 4090 FE and its thickness of 3.5 slots.

This RTX 4080 has an AD103 GPU with 9728 CUDA cores, 512 cores less than the RTX 3080 Ti. It is equipped with a manufacturing process in 4nm from TSMC and not the 8 nm manufacturing process carried out by Samsung, which allows the TGP to be lowered to 320 watts.

In terms of memory, there are 16 GB of GDDR6X memory in 256-bit, which translates into a bandwidth of 716.8 GB/s. The speed of this RTX 4080 should be 2 times faster than the RTX 3080 Ti according to NVIDIA while consuming less power. On page four of our article, we will go into detail about the new features of this new architecture, including DLSS 3 support.

The bundle of this Founders Edition:

So what do we find in this imposing box? As usual, NVIDIA has taken great care of the packaging of its card by offering a cardboard box where the RTX 4080 FE is hidden. It’s always very exciting to discover the new packaging proposed by NVIDIA when a new generation arrives.

The box is simply huge with dimensions of 395 x 195 x 192 mm. The box opens from the front to reveal the RTX 4080 Founders Edition. Once this one is removed, we find a small box that contains the adapter for the card’s power supply.

In the bundle, there is a 16-pin (12+4) to three 8-pin 150w adapters (450w in total). This adapter is necessary for those who do not have a power supply with a 16-pin port or the adapter of their own power supply.

Please note that NVIDIA is the only supplier of adapters and it is therefore provides them to its partners. We have also received the 12+4-pin connector from Corsair as well as the one from by be quiet! which is powered directly on the power supply.

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The cooling:

NVIDIA has kept the cooling principle of the previous generation, which has proven itself. However, there is a difference in that the two fans are now 120 mm models with 7 blades that increase the airflow by 20%. This increase in size to two fans results in a much larger size for this RTX 4080 FE.

The objective is, as with any cooling system, to keep the GPU cool while producing the least noticeable noise. So NVIDIA had the idea to use two fans but placed on both sides of the graphics card. The one on the left sucks in the air inside your case and is then expelled from the back of the card.

The other fan, located on the right, also sucks air from your case to dissipate the heat of the vapor chamber before being expelled in the upper position, still within your case. Needless to say, you’ll need to opt for good air circulation within your case if you want to keep your components cool.

Finally, not really RGB backlighting but just the GeForce RTX logo on the top edge that lights up in white. At the level of the casing, there is also a light backlight in the form of a cross in the center of the card and on both sides.

The connectors :

To power the card, we find the new 16-pin mini-connectors. As we mentioned above, NVIDIA provides in its bundle an adapter to connect three 8-pin connectors.

The card has three DisplayPort 1.4 video outputs and an HDMI 2.1 port.