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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 preorders and where to find stock – live report


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Hello everyone, and welcome to our live blog for the launch and rollout of NVIDIA’s highly-anticipated RTX 4080 GPU! While it’s quite expensive compared to previous generations of 80-series cards, the 4080 nevertheless represents one of the best GPUs money can buy if you’re in need of something for high-performance 4K gaming, streaming, editing and content creation, or intensive productivity work. Positioned about $400 below the RTX 4090’s MSRP, the 4080 will be a great choice for people that want top-notch GPU horsepower but can live without having the absolute best of the best.

Now that GPU supply chain issues have finally begun to subside, getting your hands on an RTX 4080 should hopefully be easier than it was to purchase a 30-series GPU. We anticipate that the card will sell out worldwide on launch day, but if the rollout works out like the 4090’s did, stock will be available for a good portion of the day. Additionally, you can expect multiple waves of fresh cards that will replenish digital shelves throughout the next week, along with a variety of pre-built systems that will pair the 4080 with other top components like Intel’s 13th Gen “Raptor Lake” CPUs and speedy modules of the best DDR5 RAM on the market.

Even if you’re not planning on getting a 40-series GPU, it’s an exciting time to be a PC gamer. That’s because cards from the previous 30-series generation have seen big price drops, giving budget and mid-range gamers an opportunity to pick up a quality GPU for a great price. While the 3070, 3080, and 3090 fall short of what the 4080 and 4090 are capable of, they’re still fantastic cards in their own right, and offer amazing value. I’ve been daily driving a beautiful 180Hz 3440×1440 ultrawide monitor with a RTX 3070 and i5-12600K-powered rig for the better part of two years now, and even when playing games at the highest settings, the experience has been excellent.

Ultimately, whether you’re looking to snag a 4080 or take advantage of lower 30-series prices, we’ll have plenty of useful updates and links for you during our extensive coverage of the new GPU’s launch. Here’s to high supply, high frame rates, and great deals. — Brendan Lowry, Windows Central Contributor

What is the RTX 4080’s price and MSRP?

While it’s less expensive than the RTX 4090’s eye-watering $1,599 MSRP, the price of the RTX 4080 is still quite high. At $1,199, the new card is nearly twice as expensive as the last generation RTX 3080, so don’t expect to get your hands on one if you’re on a tight budget. For the people that can afford it, though, the RTX 4080 offers some of the best gaming and productivity GPU performance available in a PC, making it an attractive choice for high-end gaming, streaming, content creation, and other creative applications.

Keep in mind that while the $1,119 MSRP is the baseline price for the 4080, some versions of the GPU manufactured by NVIDIA’s partners like ZOTAC, MSI, and GIGABYTE will have higher prices due to their custom cooling designs and other bonus features like RGB lighting and mini displays. 

Should you buy an older graphics card instead of a 4080?

It’s not a bad idea at all, especially given the 40 series has been released at higher prices than last year’s models. We have seen various 30 series cards lately at much more reasonable prices now that scalpers have lost interest. You should 100% avoid preowned units appearing on auction sites and the like though as they could be ex-crypto farm models that have been thrashed pretty hard over the last year or so.

Check out JD’s guide on the latest graphics card deals instead and see if you can bag yourself a bargain today.

Is the RTX 4080 12GB version still being released?

No, Nvidia officially canceled it last month after the initial reveal. Things are now much simpler as the RTX 4080 will only come in a 16GB model. Much of this was due to the backlash from the gaming community that saw a 12GB  model as much less powerful and more in line with what would be expected from a 70-series card. As things stand though, an RTX 4070 has not been announced, but perhaps the canceled RTX 4080 12GB model might end up coming back early next year as a 4070 card.

What time does the RTX 4080 go on sale?

Expect to see retailer listings for the RTX 4080 to go live around 6am ET, 9am ET and 2pm GMT on November 16 2022. 

Some of the listings are online already, but you’re unable to add them to your basket. But once these times roll around expect to see those greyed out buttons pop and you’ll be able to buy one if you’re quick enough. refreshing your screen will help after these times too. 

Where can I find RTX 4080 preorders?

In the US, the first places to check are going to be Best Buy and Newegg as those stores have listings online right now ready to go once preorders officially begin. We’ve linked to those listing pages above. B&H Photo will likely get listings online on the day. 

Amazon, despite being the biggest store in the world is oddly slow with graphics card launches and we didn’t see it get involved with the 4090 launch last month. Worth checking for sure, but we’re not optimistic. Likewise with Walmart, as we’ve only seen a few overpriced third-party sellers put GPU units online in the past.

In the UK, Overclockers, Scan, Ebuyer, and Novatech all have various SKUs ready right now. Amazon and Currys have nothing showing in advance. We don’t expect to see much movement from Amazon once everyone else goes live, but Currys has stocked other GPUs in the past, so might be worth a look.  

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