4080 was the worst perf/value card in the 4000 series so far, 1199 dollars is simply too much when 4090 is 1599.I don't disagree with most of what you say, but, the 4080Ti can easily fit in the mix by pricing at $1400. That's $200 over the 4080 and $200 less than the 4090. Will it sell at that price point? Hard to say, I don't think so. Will the 4080 drop in price? I hope so, but I'm not holding my breath. With Nvidia pricing the 4070 at $750, it's clear they don't have a handle on the consumer side of the market.
However the cheaper 4080s have hit ~1000 dollars several times now.
7900XTX also had better value than 7900XT on release, now 7900XT is cheaper than MSRP by 100-150 dollars.
The only reason why both Nvidia and AMD priced 4080 and 7900XT so close, was to get people to consider to flagship instead + Sell the remaining high-end cards from last generation, without giving them away for free.
4070 Ti = 699 dollars
4080 = 999 dollars
4080 Ti = 1299 dollars
4090 = 1599 dollars
4090 Ti = 1999 dollars
7900 XT = 699 dollars
7900 XTX = 899 dollars
Would be optimal. AMD and Nvidia can hire me if they need more help.