Creatives will benefit from this top graphics card, if they can find one

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With the release of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080, content creators are wondering whether it’s worth investing in the powerful graphics card

Now, Puget Systems has performed a series of benchmark tests to see how well the GPU performs across a range of content creation software, including Adobe Premiere Pro, DaVinci Resolve, and After Effects

And the results may surprise you. 

Performance boosts

In reviewing performance, the team compared the latest offering from Nvidia against the existing RTX 3000 series line-up alongside the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and rival AMD Radeon RX 6900XT

Kicking off with DaVinci Resolve - our top choice for best free video editing software - Puget Systems noted that “the four main areas the GPU is used for are processing GPU effects, debayering (and optionally decoding) RAW media, and H.264/HEVC decoding/encoding.” 

Overall, it was found to offer a 10% performance boost compared to the RTX 3080 Ti, while remaining roughly the same as the RTX 3090 Ti. However, this also took into account CPU-based tasks, as well. On strictly graphics-driven tasks, like OpenFX, DaVinci Resolve performed 18% faster against the 3080 Ti, and was again found to be about on par with the 3090 Ti. 

When it came to Premiere Pro, the video editing software proved just 5% faster than its predecessor overall - and around 7% faster than the RTX 3080 Ti for GPU-accelerated effects. The testing team also suggested that, by using GPU-led plugins for noise reduction and the like, users may find even more performance gains.

In testing Adobe’s VFX software, benchmarking showed similar scores across Nvidia’s RTX 30 and RTX 40 series. Although it’s worth noting that this is down to the fact that After Effects (and many After Effects alternatives) are bottlenecked by the CPU

Game development and 3D modeling and rendering software was also placed under the microscope. 

Running Unreal Engine, the RTX 4080 saw nearly a 70% jump in framerates against the RTX 3080 (and just over 40% compared to the RTX 3080 Ti. Increased performance against older graphics was also witnessed in V-Ray (75% faster), OctaneRender (67% faster), Maxon Redshift (60% faster), and Blender (80% faster). However, in each of these tests, the meatier RTX 4090 beat the RTX 4080 by some margin - to the surprise of precisely no-one. 

So far, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 has proved as popular as it is difficult to find in-store. If you’re looking to upgrade your GPU, we’re running live stock updates in our guide Where to buy Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 and checking out the best Black Friday graphics card deals.

Steve Clark
B2B Editor - Creative & Hardware

Steve is TechRadar Pro’s B2B Editor for Creative & Hardware. He explores the apps and devices for individuals and organizations that thrive on design and innovation. A former journalist at Web User magazine, he's covered software and hardware news, reviews, features, and guides. He's previously worked on content for Microsoft, Sony, and countless SaaS & product design firms. Once upon a time, he wrote commercials and movie trailers. Relentless champion of the Oxford comma.