Is really the RTX 4080 too expensive?

Today saw the release of Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 4080, a graphics card that competes for a slot among the finest. According to the hierarchy of GPU testing, it is now the second fastest card, but the $1,199 MSRP has drawn much criticism. Sadly, most merchants have already run out of the Ada Lovelace graphics card despite being quite expensive.

Newegg has listed 19 different custom GeForce RTX 4080 models. Still, all of them are out of stockthough we have seen force comes and goes over the one hour. A quick hunt on Best Buy yielded 11 GeForce RTX 4080 plate cards, but none are available for immediate purchase. The GeForce RTX 4080 Founders Edition, exclusive to Best Buy, is also vented out. Meanwhile, B&H Photo Videoopens in new tab) has posted up to 24 custom GeForce RTX 4080 SKUs, but like Newegg and Best Buy, it does not have any stock.

Since the flagship model of the GeForce RTX 4090 sold out almost immediately, the introduction was disappointing. Nothing is changed with the GeForce RTX 4080. The GeForce RTX 4080s will likely be sold by scalpers on eBay soon enough, so customers should hold off till the sellers replenish. Some retailers, like Newegg, occasionally sell the newest product in bundle discounts. As a result, you can have a power supply or other computer gear you don’t need. Sometimes, though, it’s less expensive than paying the scalper tax.

GeForce RTX 4080
GeForce RTX 4080 – (Credit: B&H Photo Video)

Purchasing a prebuilt gaming PC is another, usually more expensive, option. Users who are solely wanting to update their graphics card should avoid it. However, it’s a viable option for customers looking for a fresh system. Companies like CyberPowerPC and Maingear should quickly announce their prebuilt products, including Nvidia’s newest GeForce RTX 4080 graphics card. Six CyberPowerPC configurations with the GeForce RTX 4080 are available, according to B&H Photo Video. The cost of the machines ranges from $2,629.99 (opens in new tab) to $3,109.99.

The GeForce RTX 4090, although a gaming beast, has a bad reputation owing to 16-pin power adapter meltdowns that affected both custom and Founders Edition units. Since the GeForce RTX 4080 only has a 320W TBP as opposed to the GeForce RTX 4090’s 450W TBP, it may not experience the same problem. Even while the GeForce RTX 4080 still plugs into the infamous 16-pin power socket, it uses substantially less power than the GeForce RTX 4090.

Even with overclocking, we could not increase the GeForce RTX 4080 Founders Edition’s power draw by over 330W in our tests. That should mean that, barring a serious flaw in the power adapter, the GeForce RTX 4080 won’t experience the 16-pin power adapter meltdowns. Time will only tell.

Source: Tomshardware

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