Nvidia has released its next-generation GPUs, the RTX 4090 and RTX 4080. These new cards are intended to take advantage of the company’s new ray tracing technology to achieve higher performance than previous models. To compare these new GPUs to their predecessors, we have considered the RTX 3000 series and their performance improvements over the previous RTX 2000 series.
The RTX 4090 was released on October 12th at a price of $1599, which is $100 more expensive than its predecessor, the RTX 3090. The RTX 4080 is planned for November of 2022 and it originally had two versions—a 12GB and 16GB model.
Bear in mind that NVIDIA might be taking a slower approach for the release of the RTX 4000 series to try and sell the excess stock of RTX 3000 GPUs. By 2024, they believe they will have Ampere Next ready, which is supposedly the RTX 5000 series.
Here are the price tags:
- RTX 4060 – $330 (not confirmed)
- RTX 4070 – $500 (not confirmed)
- RTX 4080 12GB – $899 (cancelled)
- RTX 4080 16GB – $1199
- RTX 4090 – $1599
The RTX 4090 is $100 more expensive than the RTX 3090. A Gigabyte GeForce RTX 4090 Gaming OC was spotted on Newegg for $1,699. So, about $100 over MSRP; the lowest-priced Gaming X Tri variant is at MSRP. For Europe, though, pricing news is even worse: The lowest-priced RTX 4090 is around 1999 EUR and goes up to 2569 EUR (depending on the retailer), while the Gaming X Tri variant is at MSRP in Europe.
The Ada Lovelace microarchitecture will be built on TSMC’s 4N process, a solid leap from the 8nm Ampere (Samsung) chips. This will result in two significant benefits: more performance for less power.
RTX 4000 Series (vs. RTX 3090) specification comparison table:
|Specifications||RTX 3090||RTX 4090 Ti (The Beast)||RTX 4090|
|Process||Samsung 8nm||TSMC 5nm||TSMC 5nm|
|Base Clock Speed||1395 MHz||?||2230 MHz|
|Boost Clock Speed||1695 MHz||?||2520 MHz|
|Memory||24GB GDDR6X||48GB GDDR6X||24GB GDDR6X|
|Bandwidth||936.2 GB/s||?||1008 GB/s|
|Total Board Power||350W||800W?||450W|
RTX 4090 Ti/The Beast
The leaks on NVIDIA’s “true” flagship are vague. According to reports from the company’s partners, the chip in question is a new version of the Titan X and will be known as the AD102. The AD102 will have 12,432 CUDA cores and 48GB of GDDR6X memory running at 24 Gbps. It will also have over one terabyte of bandwidth, which is significantly more than that of a standard Titan X.
The GeForce RTX 4090 has 16384 CUDA cores, compared to 10496 on the GeForce RTX 3090. This means about a 50% increase in CUDA and boosts up to 2520 MHz, which is quite higher than the 3090. NVIDIA has also increased the TDP rating from 375W to 450W: 100W more than its predecessor.
Because of that high TDP, NVIDIA introduced a new 600W connector called 12VHPWR. However, several users on Reddit reported that the connector burned while gaming. Although, the solution for this problem have already been addressed by NVIDIA and a couple third party manufacturers like CORSAIR have already made custom cables to solve this issue.
Should you Buy RTX 4000 Series?
Considering the RTX 4090’s price, it makes a poor choice for gaming. However, provided that several cheaper and more efficient designs can game pretty well, purchasing the 4090 becomes an unappealing decision.
With its price of $1,600, the 4090 is a great video card and can handle basically any game you throw at it. Anyone who has the budget and is willing to splurge on such an expensive item should go for it.
Deciding which GPU is optimal for you and your use case can be a strenuous and time-consuming task.
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