Graphics Cards

Nvidia RTX 4080 Super Founders Edition Graphics Card Review

How We Test

We continue to update our testing methods around once per year. As such, we re-test older hardware to reflect changes over time. These can be driver updates, Windows updates, game patches, and more; all of which have an impact on performance figures. Furthermore, we update our test benches to newer and more relevant hardware. This means that our new reviews aren’t always comparable to those of older reviews, so please compare the testing methodology on older reviews should you be trying to compare them with newer ones.

Replicate Our Results

When it comes to our benchmarks in our reviews, the benchmarks are pretty self-explanatory and are kept as simple as possible, although there are a few exceptions. Remember that your choice of a graphics card, CPU, the silicon lottery, and other factors can yield different numbers, and there’s always a margin for error when using any software.

Links are provided below, as well as the settings we use. We encourage you to not just look at how one product compares to any other, but how it compares to your own. If you’re looking to build a new system, you should benchmark your current PC using the benchmarks available to you. You should then look at the percentage improvement from your current hardware to the hardware tested here to give you a ballpark figure of how much of an upgrade this will provide you with.

Processor Test Systems

Test System (GPU)
Motherboard Gigabyte B650E AORUS MASTER   Buy Now
Processor Ryzen 7 7800X3D Review Buy Now
GPU Changes Per Review    
RAM Corsair VENGEANCE RGB 6000MHz CL30 Review Buy Now
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Power Supply NZXT C1000 Gold Review Buy Now
Storage Seagate FIRECUDA 530 1TB Review Buy Now
Chassis NZXT H9 Flow Review Buy Now
OS Windows 11 Pro Version 21H2    
Drivers

AMD Graphics: 22.10.1
NVIDIA Graphics: 521.90

   

Software

We use a variety of software from different developers to assist in our testing and to give us the most consistent results possible. Some applications are specifically used for testing, while others are simply used for monitoring and to aid us in making sure that our results are as accurate as possible.

Software Used

  • 3DMark FireStrike & TimeSpy (download)

Gaming

To gauge performance levels which are easily reproduced time after time, by both ourselves and our readers, we now stick strictly to games default profiles. Given how powerful most modern cards are getting, we’ve began using more demanding profiles for most games, but will otherwise state on a per game basis if we use other profiles beyond High, Ultra, Maximum or their respective equivalent at all resolutions. V-Sync is always disabled in our testing, and all FPS caps that can be removed are. We also enable XMP and Resizable bar technology across all platforms to keep things as fair as possible.

Games

While we test a lot of games, it’s not possible to display all of the data on the website or in our videos. Instead, we include access to all of our testing data for our Patreon members (link), where members get a ton of other benefits as well.

What we do, however, is display charts for averages across all game titles to give a better picture of performance across all titles tested.

  • A Plague Tale: Requiem
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
  • Call Of Duty Modern Warfare 2
  • Control
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Death Stranding
  • Doom Eternal
  • Dying Light 2
  • F1 22
  • Far Cry 6
  • Hogwarts Legacy
  • Horizon Zero Dawn
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020
  • Watch Dogs: Legion

Resolutions

  • 1080 (Full HD)
  • 1440
  • 4K

Some tests will also include features such as NVIDIA DLSS and Ray Tracing. However, these will be clearly labelled and may only appear in reviews for graphics cards that support those features.

Power Consumption

Not being content on simply reading total system power draw, we now run F1 22 for an hour loop and measure power draw at the end of the loop for the most accurate measurement that represents real-world gameplay experience.

Temperatures

We take temperature readings after the same hour-long F1 22 loop with no other background programs running, again to simulate a real-world gaming experience.

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Peter Donnell

As a child still in my 30's (but not for long), I spend my day combining my love of music and movies with a life-long passion for gaming, from arcade classics and retro consoles to the latest high-end PC and console games. So it's no wonder I write about tech and test the latest hardware while I enjoy my hobbies!

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