Our first OC model outside the MSRP RTX 4080 SUPER GPUs that we’ve reviewed so far is the Gigabyte RTX 4080 SUPER AERO OC. The AERO variant has been one of the best-looking cooling designs we’ve taken a look at in the form of the RTX 4070 Ti AERO OC. Let’s see if the RTX 4080 SUPER AERO OC variant offers an edge over the rest of the RTX 4080 GPUs.
Nvidia RTX 40 SERIES SPECS
|RTX 40 SERIES SPECS
|RTX 4080 SUPER
|RTX 4070 Ti SUPER
|RTX 4070 Ti
|RTX 4070 SUPER
|Boost Clock (GHz)
|Base Clock (GHz)
|Total Graphics Power
|Min Required PSU
Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 SUPER
The RTX 4080 SUPER despite being the most powerful in the RTX 40 SUPER series, actually has the least improvements over its non-super counterpart. Compared to the RTX 4070 Ti SUPER’s and RTX 4070 SUPER’s 10% and 20% core count increase over their non-super counterparts, the RTX 4080 SUPER only has a 5% increase over the RTX 4080. However, the RTX 4080 SUPER sports the largest “discount” over its non-super counterpart at an 18% discount compared to the RTX 4070 Ti SUPER’s 12.4% discount.
Gigabyte RTX 4080 SUPER AERO OC – Unboxing and Overview
The Gigabyte RTX 4080 AERO OC sports the same packaging we’ve seen with the Gigabyte RTX 4070 Ti AERO OC graphics card. It’s one of the cleanest GPU box with a dominantly white theme.
Apart from the typical quick start guide and 12VHPWR adapter, Gigabyte includes a GPU holder inside the box. The GPU holder is not a tool-less design unlike other anti-sag GPU holders we’ve seen. Instead, you have to screw the two parts together and install it via the PCI-E slot.
The Gigabyte RTX 4080 SUPER AERO OC particularly the AERO shroud is still one of the cleanest cooler designsin the market, next to the Founders Edition cards. The AERO OC uses Gigabyte’s WINDFORCE cooling system featuring three 110mm fans.
Moving to the side, you could see the AERO logo which changes color depending on how light is shine through its sides. There’s a clear
Like the Gigabyte RTX 4070 SUPER Gaming OC and Gigabyte RTX 4070 Ti SUPER Eagle OC, the higher end AERO model also has the LED power indicator and dual-BIOS switch. The BIOS switch is set to OC by default and it’s the profile we’ll be using throughout our testing.
There’s a full coverage metal backplate installed on the Gigabyte RTX 4080 SUPER AERO OC. It also has a cutout where the PCB ends but it’s one of the smallest ones we’ve seen so far especially considering the size of the Gigabyte RTX 4080 SUPER AERO OC.
You could see how large of the GPU the Gigabyte RTX 4080 SUPER AERO OC is. Measuring at 342 x 150 x 75 mm, the RTX 4080 SUPER AERO OC is one of the largest RTX 40 series cards even beating out the RTX 4090 Founders Edition GPU. Next to the Gigabyte RTX 4070 Ti AERO OC though, the larger size doesn’t make the AERO cooler look better.
The AERO logo lights up and supports Gigabyte’s RGB can be controlled via the Gigabyte Control Center.
Benchmark Setup and Test Methodology
Gadget Pilipinas’ testing philosophy is to provide detail-oriented results as accurately as possible so that our readers can replicate our tests given that these conditions are met. Different benchmarking apps and sequences are used depending on the component or device being tested.
|Intel Core i9 14900K
|ASUS ROG RYUJIN II 360mm V2 – Noctua NT-H2 Thermal Paste
|ASUS ROG Strix Z790-E Gaming
|Kingston Fury Beast RGB 32GB(2x16GB) 6000 MHz DDR5
|Gigabyte RTX 4070 Ti AERO | Inno3D RTX 4070 SUPER Twin X2 | RTX 4070 SUPER FE | RTX 4070 FE | 551.22 driver | AMD RX 7800 XT
|Kingston Renegade 2TB PCI-E Gen4 NVMe SSDD
|FSP HYDRO GT PRO 1000W Gold ATX 3.0
|Windows 11 Pro Build 22H2
We use CapFrameX 1.7.2 Beta as our primary FPS capture and analysis tool for all our gaming benchmarks. The latest build version of Windows 11 Pro and WHQL-certified drivers are used for our benchmarks. Readings such as temperatures and power draws are recorded using HWINFO64, and other relevant software for cross-checking.
For more information read our Benchmark Methodology article.
Gigabyte RTX 4080 SUPER AERO OC Synthetic and Productivity Benchmarks
3DMark Firestrike and TimeSpy
3DMark is the go-to benchmark for gamers because of the ability to share and compare results online. We test GPUs both in DX11 Firestike and DX12 Timespy to get a gauge of the performance.
Blender is a widely used, free, open-source 3D creation suite. It supports the whole 3D pipeline process from modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, and even motion tracking. Blender has become a standard for CPU benchmarks with the BMW27 and Classroom Scene most used. This prompted the company to release Blender Open Data Benchmark in 2018, a benchmark-specific version allowing users to run a preset benchmark and share the results online like 3DMark.
V-Ray Benchmark is a stand-alone version of V-Ray developed by Chaos Group. It is designed to test the CPU and GPU by rendering sample scenes at a fixed amount of time. V-Ray is a plug-in mostly utilized by 3D computer graphics software applications mainly for industrial design, product design, architecture, film, and video game production. V-Ray is not limited to 64-threads as it supports multi and mega-threading.
Geekbench is a multi-platform benchmark used to gauge CPU performance and compare them across Windows, Mac, and Mobile. Geekbench 6 is the latest version and test are done in both OpenCL and Vulkan to gauge a CPU’s compute performance.
Maxon’s Cinebench benchmark is one of the most iconic benchmark applications used by reviewers and enthusiasts. The latest Cinebench 2024 now supports GPU rendering benchmarks which is why added Cinebench 2024 in our GPU benchmark suite.
Gigabyte RTX 4080 SUPER AERO OC Gaming Benchmarks
Returnal is one of the most technologically advanced game since the launch of Cyberpunk 2077. Released last April 2021 on PS5 and February 2023 on PC, it uses Unreal Engine 4 and supports multiple technologies such as Ray Tracing, DLSS, VSR, and FSR.
CounterStrike 2 or CS2 is a the successor to the now retired CSGO and now uses the Source 2 Engine – the same engine used on DOTA 2. CS2 is a great FPS game to test out CPU performance. Our benchmark process uses a the replay function of the game.
Dota 2 is a good repesentation among F2P titles especially MOBAs and RTS as it lands on the demanding side of the spectrum. Its gameplay and quality of life updates are far more frequently than most F2P titles thanks to its vast popularity. Our benchmark sequence is based on a replay of OG vs. Gaimin Gladiators in the ESL ONE Berlin Major Finals Game 4 from the team fight that happened from 23:00 to 24:00.
SPIDER-MAN: MILES MORALES
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales is developed by Insomniac Games and published by Sony is one of the most popular PC port titles last 2022. It’s one of the few modern game titles that support upscaling technologies FSR, DLSS, and XeSS making it a great title to use for benchmarks.
F1 23 is the official video game of the 2023 Formula One and Formula 2 championships developed by Codemasters. F1 2023 is the sixteenth installment in the franchise and uses the Ego Engine 4.0. F1 233 is a good representation of racing games thanks to its realistic graphics and fairly demanding spec requirements as well as support for Ray Tracing and the latest upscaling technologies such as DLSS, XeSS, and FSR.
ASSASSIN’S CREED: MIRAGE
Assassin’s Creed Mirage is the latest Assassin’s Creed game from Ubisoft making it the thirteenth major installment in the franchise. It uses the AnvilNext 2.0 game engine and is the very first AC game to support the latest upscaling technology such as XeSS, FSR, and DLSS.
Cyberpunk 2077 is arguably the most hyped game of 2020. Developed by CD Projekt Red, the dystopian open-world, action-adventure RPG sports is one of the most demanding titles to date. Cyberpunk 2077 also supports three Ray Tracing settings as well as DLSS which makes the game a great tool to measure Ray tracing performance for both AMD and Nvidia graphics cards.
CALL OF DUTY MODERN WARFARE
The latest installment in the Call of Duty franchise is a sequel to the much-loved Modern Warfare game that launched in 2019. Call of Duty Modern Warfare II is one of the most demanding titles to date, pushing the latest hardware from Intel, AMD, and Nvidia. CODMW2 is one of the few games that comes with the DLSS feature without Ray Tracing.
Far Cry 6
FarCry 6 is an FPS game published by Ubisoft and uses the Dunia engine. It heavily relies on and takes advantage of DirectX 12 to render a realistic environment that makes it taxing to both the CPU and GPU. It’s also the first game of the franchise to support Ray Tracing.
Rainbow Six Siege
Rainbow Six Seige is one of the few popular AAA games that’s still popular in 2021 due to its competitive gameplay mechanics. R6S uses the AnvilNext game engine, which the game’s publisher, Ubisoft, developed. As of writing, Rainbow Six Siege is currently the most popular Tom Clancy title beating out Wildlands, Breakpoint, and even Division 2.
Shadow of The Tomb Raider
Shadow of The Tomb Raider or SOTR is the latest installment of the Lara Croft Tomb Raider franchise. Developed by Square Enix, SOTR uses the Foundation engine and is further enhanced by Eidos Montreal. SOTR is also one of the first games to come out with Ray Tracing and DLSS support.
Metro Exodus is the third Metro game trilogy based on Dmitry Glukhovsky’s novels. The game is a first-person shooter with survival horror and stealth elements. The post-apocalyptic game uses 4A Engine by 4A games. Released last 2019, Metro Exodus remains to be one of the most graphically pleasing and demanding games that’s popular to date.
HORIZON ZERO DAWN
Horizon Zero Dawn is one of the most popular console-port RPG developed by Guerilla Games and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment. Horizon Zero Dawn is a multi-award-winning action RPG, and its popularity resulted in an exclusive Complete Edition game bundle on Steam.
Gigabyte RTX 4080 SUPER AERO OC Temperatures and Power Draw
You could see the behemoth 3.75-slot WINDFORCE cooler at work as the Gigabyte RTX 4080 SUPER AERO OC only peaked at a mere 65.7°C during our testing making it one of the coolest RTX 4080 SUPER GPU in our test suite.
GPU Power draw is what’s expected at 319.061 given the 320W TGP rating.
Performance Summary Conclusion
The Gigabyte RTX 4080 SUPER AERO OC is a clean and refreshing take on the gamer-y design we’ve seen from brands. Aimed at “professionals,” the GIgabyte RTX 4080 SUPER AERO sports your typical gamer-grade features which reinforces its overall build quality and reliability. Despite being an OC model it does indeed score lower framerates but has a higher 1% FPS meaning a more stable gameplay experience.
The only barrier to entry apart from the Php 3,490 premium over the Php 69,300 price tag is its very large form factor. So, if those two aren’t an issue then the Gigabyte RTX 4080 SUPER AERO OC is one of the best GPUs to get especially if you’re leaning more towards build quality, cooling performance, and reliability.
Grant is a Financial Management graduate from UST. His passion for gadgets and tech crossed him over in the industry where he could apply his knowledge as an enthusiast and in-depth analytic skills as a Finance Major. His passion allows him to earn at the same time help Gadget Pilipinas' readers in making smart, value-based decisions and purchases with his reviews and guides.