By Dan Ackerman
So far, 2024 is turning out to be a good year for PC graphics cards, with three new desktop GPUs from NVIDIA already. We got to go hands-on with the latest powerhouses, the GeForce 4070 Super, 4070 Ti Super, and the 4080 Super, running benchmarks to help you decide which card is right for your gaming rig or creative workstation.
The Nvidia 4070 Super is a gateway to the latest generation of GPUs. It's a good choice for 1440p gaming and comes in at a starting price of $599. With about 7,168 CUDA cores, it balances cost and capability, providing excellent performance without the premium price.
Moving on to the 4070 Ti Super, this card steps things up with 8,448 CUDA cores and jumps from 12GB to 16GB of VRAM. It's designed for gamers and creators who need a bit more, especially for higher resolution gaming and VR applications. Priced starting at $799, it offers a significant performance boost for a moderate increase in cost.
The big gun for these new GPUs is the 4080 Super. This is NVIDIA's flagship in the Super series, boasting an impressive 10,240 CUDA cores. This card is for ultra-high-detail 4K gaming and demanding creative tasks. The 4080 Super starts at $999, reflecting its position as the top-tier of NVIDIA's new 2024 cards.
[Test bench: Intel Core i9-1300K; Asus Z790-Plus; 48GB DDR5-8400 RAM; 1TB SSD; Windows 11 Home]
All these cards support ray tracing and NVIDIA's DLSS technology. The 4080 Super, however, shines in delivering these features at 4K resolutions. In the performance chart above, the delta between each tier is clear, and reflects the extra performance with each step up. The performance gain in the 4070 and 4070 Ti Super cards over the older non-super versions can be between 9-18%. In the 4080 Super, the performance gain is only a few percentage points in most cases, but the real appeal comes from the new, lower starting price.
The 4070 Super is a great entry point for high-end gaming, the 4070 Ti Super offers a middle ground with enhanced performance, and the 4080 Super stands as the ultimate powerhouse. Your choice ultimately hinges on your specific needs and budget. All three cards are available from a variety of manufacturers at Micro Center, so check out our GPU section to browse the options.
Micro Center Editor-in-Chief Dan Ackerman is a veteran tech reporter and has served as Editor-in-Chief of Gizmodo and Editorial Director at CNET. He's been testing and reviewing laptops and other consumer tech for almost 20 years and is the author of The Tetris Effect, a Cold War history of the world's most influential video game. Contact Dan at [email protected].
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4080 Super is the way to go!
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