NVIDIA’s $1,599 GeForce RTX 4090 arrives on October twelfth


Following months of anticipation and controversy amongst its add-in board companions, NVIDIA’s 40 Sequence GPUs are lastly right here. The corporate unveiled the GeForce RTX 4090 and GeForce RTX 4080 in the present day at its GTC 2022 keynote. Taking full benefit of its new “Ada Lovelace” structure, NVIDIA says the 2 GPUs supply considerably higher ray tracing efficiency. The corporate labored with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Firm (TSMC) to co-develop a brand new “4N” fabrication course of that NVIDIA says is as much as two instances extra energy environment friendly than the 8nm course of it used for its 30 Sequence playing cards. 

Ray tracing efficiency is considerably improved due to Ada Lovelace that includes NVIDIA’s new third-generation RT Cores, and the inclusion of a brand new rendering approach known as Shader Execution Reordering and DLSS 3.0. In some video games, NVIDIA mentioned you may anticipate two to a few instances higher ray tracing efficiency than what was doable with its Ampere GPUs. The corporate demoed Cyberpunk 2077 working at a close to constant 100 frames per second with the entire sport’s ray tracing options set to max. NVIDIA mentioned rasterization efficiency is as much as two instances quicker due to the brand new structure.  

The primary of NVIDIA’s new Ada Lovelace GPUs will arrive subsequent month when the GeForce RTX 4090 goes on on the market for $1,599 on October twelfth. With 24GB of GDDR6X reminiscence, NVIDIA claims its newest flagship is 2 to 4 instances quicker than the 3090 Ti whereas consuming the identical quantity of energy. Good factor too as a result of it is beginning at $100 greater than its predecessor. Within the RTX 4090, NVIDIA has managed to suit 16,384 CUDA Cores clocked at a base velocity of two.23GHz.   

Alongside the 4090, NVIDIA will supply two completely different variants of the RTX 4080. The bottom mannequin, beginning at $899, options 12GB of GDDR6X reminiscence, whereas the 16GB model will set you again a cool $1,199. Each configurations will arrive someday in November. Nonetheless, NVIDIA will solely promote a Founders Version mannequin of the costlier mannequin. For the 12GB model, you will have to look to the corporate’s companions, which can make it onerous to seek out fashions that really begin at $899.  


By way of efficiency, the 16GB 4080 options 9,728 Cuda Cores and a base clock of two.21GHz, with a most enhance clock of two.51GHz. In the meantime, the 12GB mannequin contains a extra modest 7,680 CUDA Cores however 100MHz quicker base and enhance clocks. Fortunately, you most likely will not have to improve your energy provide when you plan to improve from a 3070 or 3080, with NVIDIA recommending a 700-watt PSU for the 12GB variant and a 750-watt energy provide for its extra highly effective sibling. Nonetheless, must you determine to purchase a brand new PSU, you will wish to wait till extra ATX 3.0 PSUs arrive later this yr. That is as a result of at the very least the Founders Version fashions will assist the brand new PCIe Gen-5 16-pin connector normal. That mentioned, NVIDIA will even embrace an 8-pin adapter for individuals who do not wish to rewire their system.    

NVIDIA’s 40 Sequence GPUs arrive at a tough time for the corporate. For a lot of the pandemic, it was unimaginable to purchase the most recent GeForce GPUs at MSRP on account of demand from each players and crypto miners. That each one modified in current months because of the current crypto crash and Ethereum’s much-anticipated swap to proof-of-stake minting. On account of these occasions, the used market was flooded with 30 Sequence GPUs, making it practically unimaginable for the corporate’s AIB companions and retailers to promote new video playing cards at MSRP.

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