Colorful GeForce RTX 4080 Ultra White OC Review

Introduction

Colorful GeForce RTX 4080 Ultra White OC is the company’s premium custom-design air-cooled GeForce RTX 4080 “Ada” graphics card, positioned just a notch below the RTX 4090. The new RTX 4080 has many of the same design goals as the RTX 4090 , to rip through any AAA games at 4K Ultra HD native resolution, with maxed out settings, including ray tracing. It’s being offered at a more acceptable price of $1,200 (starting NVIDIA MSRP), which should put custom-designs such as the Colorful Ultra White OC at a decent price-premium. This particular card that we’re reviewing today costs $1,250, which is beyond decent for the kind of value-addition on offer.

The GeForce RTX 4080 launching today was originally meant to be the RTX 4080 16 GB, launching alongside a more affordable $900 RTX 4080 12 GB, but NVIDIA pulled the plug on the 12 GB SKU for branding reasons. Hence today’s launch is simply called the RTX 4080. NVIDIA didn’t cut this SKU down from the large 76 billion-transistor AD102 silicon, nor did it base it on the smaller AD104, but developed a new in-between silicon called the AD103, with just the right number of streaming multiprocessors at a much lower transistor-count of 45 billion, helping it lower manufacturing costs. Also helping in this regard, is the narrower 256-bit GDDR6X memory interface to drive the 16 GB memory, which seems like a downgrade to the RTX 3080 with its 320-bit interface, but NVIDIA has tried to make up the shortfall by increasing memory speeds to 22.4 Gbps, and leveraging architectural advancements, such as larger on-die caches.

The RTX 4080 is endowed with 9,728 CUDA cores across 76 streaming multiprocessors; and armed with 304 of the 4th generation Tensor cores to accelerate AI; and 76 of the 3rd generation RT cores; besides 304 TMUs and 112 ROPs—comparable numbers to the RTX 3080 Ti, but generationally more advanced. The GPU has a boost frequency of 2.50 GHz, which Colorful has overclocked to 2.60 GHz, a fantastic uplift for just $50 more.

The Colorful RTX 4080 Ultra White OC gets its name from a striking new board design with matte-white making up the cooler shroud, backplate, and fans, with vibrant holographic color elements along the cooler shroud. This is one of those close-to-baseline cards gamers would want to buy to just install and play, it gives you everything an RTX 4080 should, and some more.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Market Segment Analysis
PriceCoresROPsCore
Clock
Boost
Clock
Memory
Clock
GPUtransistorsMemory
RTX 2080$3802944641515MHz1710MHz1750MHzTU10413600M8 GB, GDDR6, 256 bit
RTX 3060 Ti$4104864801410MHz1665MHz1750MHzGA10417400M8 GB, GDDR6, 256 bit
RX6700XT$3602560642424MHz2581MHz2000MHzNavi 2217200M12 GB, GDDR6, 192 bit
RX6750XT$4702560642495MHz2600MHz2250MHzNavi 2217200M12 GB, GDDR6, 192 bit
RTX 2080 Ti$6004352881350MHz1545MHz1750MHzTU10218600M11 GB, GDDR6, 352 bit
RTX 3070$5005888961500MHz1725MHz1750MHzGA10417400M8 GB, GDDR6, 256 bit
RTX 3070 Ti$6006144961575MHz1770MHz1188MHzGA10417400M8 GB, GDDR6X, 256-bit
RX6800$5803840961815MHz2105MHz2000MHzNavi 2126800M16 GB, GDDR6, 256 bit
RX6800XT$53046081282015MHz2250MHz2000MHzNavi 2126800M16 GB, GDDR6, 256 bit
RTX 3080$6608704961440MHz1710MHz1188MHzGA10228000M10 GB, GDDR6X, 320 bit
RTX 3080Ti$950102401121365MHz1665MHz1188MHzGA10228000M12 GB, GDDR6X, 384 bit
RX6900XT$65051201282015MHz2250MHz2000MHzNavi 2126800M16 GB, GDDR6, 256 bit
RX6950XT$80051201282100MHz2310MHz2250MHzNavi 2126800M16 GB, GDDR6, 256 bit
RTX 3090$900104961121395MHz1695MHz1219MHzGA10228000M24 GB, GDDR6X, 384 bit
RX7900XT$90053761922000MHz2400MHz2500MHzNavi 3158000M20 GB, GDDR6, 320 bit
RTX 3090 Ti$1400107521121560MHz1950MHz1313MHzGA10228000M24 GB, GDDR6X, 384 bit
RX 7900XTX$100061441922300MHz2505MHz2500MHzNavi 3158000M24 GB, GDDR6, 384 bit
RTX 4080$120097281122205MHz2505MHz1400MHzAD10345900M16 GB, GDDR6X, 256-bit
Colorful RTX 4080
UltraWOC
$125097281122205MHz2610MHz1400MHzAD10345900M16 GB, GDDR6X, 256-bit
RTX 4090$2400163841762235MHz2520MHz1313MHzAD10276300M24 GB, GDDR6X, 384 bit