Weekly review and outlook: Focus on the fast but expensive RTX 4080 and bankruptcy vultures


This week, Nvidia's second graphics card based on the Ada Lovelace architecture was the focus of the reports on ComputerBase: The test of the GeForce RTX 4080 reached by far the most readers. There's a lot of positive things to report, but there's no getting around the elephant in the room: the graphics card is far too expensive for many readers.

The RTX 4080 is technically interesting, but not in terms of price

With a recommended retail price of around 1,460 euros, Nvidia's new 80s graphics card is more than twice as expensive as the GeForce RTX 3080 (test) was when it was launched around two years ago – even though the jump in performance compared to the previous generation is smaller . Quite different with the GeForce RTX 4090 (test), which this time ranks well ahead of the RTX 4080 despite a smaller price difference: The flagship is around 34 percent faster in the UHD performance rating, while the RTX 4080 is only around 18 percent faster than the GeForce RTX 3090 Ti (test) can sell. Compared to the direct predecessor, the graphics accelerator has at least increased by almost 50 percent – but this is also due to the significantly larger graphics memory of 16 GB instead of 10 GB, which in the case of the RTX 3080 occasionally starts to limit at 3,840 × 2,160 pixels.

The fact that the second Ada Lovelace GPU also sets new efficiency records and is a successful piece of hardware overall is not mentioned: Only around two percent of ComputerBase readers stated in a survey that they were interested in buying the new graphics card. Around 70 percent, on the other hand, stated that the high price alone was a knockout criterion. It is therefore not surprising that the graphics card is available from stock just a few days after the start of sales in various custom designs and from numerous dealers – a sight that was unthinkable about two years ago with the GeForce RTX 3080, which according to the RRP was 700 euros.< /p>

Gorgeous open world wants powerful performance

The benchmarks and the rating overview for Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales made it to second place in the most read tests and reports of the past week. The game earned praise for its almost unbelievably good graphics, which have been significantly improved compared to the predecessor: No other title can currently match the overall package of graphic presentation and design of the open world. But there is a catch – even without activated ray tracing, the graphics splendor requires a high-end graphics card and, together with the rays, more or less all graphics accelerators apart from the RTX 4000 generation have a hard time.

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The bankrupt vultures are circling over the crypto world

The twice updated report on the insolvency of the crypto trading platform FTX was able to take the lead in terms of access numbers. The stock market crash that became known on November 11, 2022, which is suspected of having embezzled up to 10 billion US dollars, caused the entire crypto industry to tremble. Numerous other trading platforms also stumbled in the wake of the events; the entire market suffered a serious loss of confidence. Affected investors are threatened with the total loss of their deposits. Numerous investment companies and celebrities are also among them.

In the meantime, numerous investigative and regulatory authorities have gotten involved – but whether the smoldering conflagration can still be extinguished remains to be seen in the medium term. At the moment, there are still many indications of a pyramid scheme that is on the brink, with dodgy business practices and many disagreements.

AMD sets the Radeon RX 7900 XT(X) to the RTX 4080

There are no discrepancies, but there are nevertheless vague values ​​for the assumed performance of the Radeon RX 7900 XT(X). AMD published new benchmarks and further information on the RDNA 3 architecture just in time for the start of sales of the RTX 4080, but again failed to compare it with the green competitor – since the RTX 4080 was not yet available as the chosen competitor, the manufacturer was unable to set any corresponding benchmarks publish, it says. It remains to be seen whether anything will change in this regard.

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The calm follows the hardware storm

In any case, readers can look forward to the coming week looking forward to a test of Elgato's new Stream Deck + with knobs. The test of the two desktop PC cases Fractal Design Pop Air and Pop Silent is also on the agenda. In any case, things will be a little quieter in terms of exciting hardware launches after the eventful past few weeks – RDNA 3 won't be released until December 13th.

With this reading material in your luggage, the editors wish you a relaxing Sunday!