Probably because it needed to be released back in the last crypto cycle. Now the performance is going to look weak vs. the 40 series/rdna3 cards and the drivers are still probably in need of some work.
They all don't have their ful lline-ups out, only saw 3 gigabyte boards up for sale, for example. And trust me Asus will put out the Apex at like $1500 or something ridiculous. The extreme is already 1K.
I've used both and I'd say these days they are about even. I don't have an account for nvidia (still download drivers the old school way) and both will occasionally break compatibility with certain games here and there. The feature sets are pretty similar so it's mostly just fanboys who would...
Eh just put the damn codes on there imo, which is funny because lots of those boards still have them. Other than a test bench set up I just can't see myself trying to look at the inside of my case when I can easily look at my monitor for temp/fan speed etc.
It's the pricing that initial reaction is so negative imo. The segmentation (esp. 4080 12gb) and clear old inventory pricing is rubbing lots of people he wrong way. Makes sense when you could get a 3080 10gb for less than 1k.
Scratch that, I read your post wrong and thought you were saying the 2080 and 2080 ti were the same price, yes the 2080 was priced pretty much exactly at the 1080 ti and was considered not a great buy at the time because of that.
I'm just using that chart and extrapolating based on that. It's very rough I'll give you that and I'm not buying anything until we get independent reviews but 1.5-2.0x raster would be my guess going from 3080 10gb -> 4080 16gb.
Again I fully admit that could be wrong/off.
Well it's a comparison to a 3090 ti. If you take the 3080 10gb (which most people have) and compare it to the 4080 16gb and lets assume you get nearly 2x raster performance, how is that not a significant performance increase?
I kinda doubt they will ever be held accountable. Every company likes to talk up their new book and try to make it look as good as they can. And with carefully worded stuff like "up to" they can still be technically right.
When were they ever the same price? IIRC the 2080 was ~800 and the ti ~1200. The cheapest ti I remember was $999 and they were the dual slot/low profile kind that weren't very good as they throttled a bunch or had to run the fans near 100%.
Since they had very small performance deltas between the 3080/3080 ti/3090 (and thus made everything beyond the 3080 10gb poor gaming value) they don't want to make that mistake again it seems. I think the 16gb will be nice if you keep you card for several more years.