Nvidia’s RTX 4090 could be even faster than we anticipated, at least if a new rumor is true – and we also hear more about why Nvidia’s release plans may have changed recently (again, going down the GPU vine, so keep cautious around all this information).
The news surrounding the potential performance of Nvidia’s Lovelace flagship graphics card comes from the well-known hardware leaker ‘kopite7kimi’, who believes that the RTX 4090’s final load could be 16,384 CUDA cores instead of 16,128 as previously believed. That would represent 2 extra streaming multiprocessors for a total of 128.
The final specification might be 16384 instead of 16128. A slight difference.June 12, 2022
That’s a relatively small increase in core count, but not negligible, giving the RTX 4090 a bit more raw in theory – bearing in mind that this graphics card should already be a huge leap in performance compared to its predecessor, the RTX 3090.
Another interesting point to note on Nvidia’s next-gen GPUs comes via YouTube leaker RedGamingTech (opens in new tab)who saw the above tweet and commented on the supposed release schedule of the RTX 4090 (and other Lovelace cards).
Of course, we’ve heard a lot of rumors about the RTX 4090’s release dates, and RedGamingTech says their sources now agree that the latest speculation is correct in terms of a September release for the Lovelace flagship, followed by October and November for the RTX 4080. and 4070, respectively.
Why the apparent delay? RedGamingTech’s best guess, based on the most reliable source the YouTuber accesses, is that it’s not about the RTX 4000 cards not being ready to use – but another case of Nvidia putting on the brakes to give it more time to sell through inventory. existing RTX 3000 GPU.
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We’ve always thought that an August release for the RTX 4090 – one of the latest rumors to gain traction – seemed like an overly optimistic scenario, and that September seemed more realistic as a (for sale) release date. To us, it seems plausible enough that Nvidia wants to hold back to help clean up existing GPU inventory, particularly since cryptocurrency demand could be a factor in the equation here.
Of course, if that’s true, then the supposed mid-July reveal for the RTX 4000 shouldn’t happen either, as even teasing the performance of the Lovelace cards is likely to make some gamers think before they commit to buying, especially in the case of an expensive high-end GPU – if they can see what’s just around the corner.
Especially if what’s around that curve is an RTX 4090 that’s a little beefier than the rumors indicated earlier, as theorized by kopite7kimi. Previously, the renowned Twitter leaker guessed – and of course, we’re very much in speculative territory here – that the RTX 4090 could be twice as powerful compared to the RTX 3090, or most than that. This new CUDA core count leak is another hint that we can expect better than double the performance.
Another positive news that has emerged for those eagerly awaiting Nvidia’s RTX 4090 – whenever it comes along – is that RedGamingTech has also underlined that we’re reportedly still looking at 450W power usage as most recently theorized, not some of the more worrisome numbers. much higher TDP ratings than have been reported in previous leaks (like 600W).
Of course, it still looks like AMD’s strongest line of attack in the high-end GPU war will be power efficiency, as Team Red recently announced how much progress has been made with the RDNA 3 graphics cards in terms of better performance – per-watt – with a promised 50% or more increase above RDNA 2.
With rising energy costs and concerns about thermals and cooling – and the potential need to upgrade the power supply, even for really power-hungry GPUs – we shouldn’t underestimate the importance of this battle for efficiency. But if Nvidia is really going to throw the gauntlet for raw, rampant framerate power, it’s obviously imperative that AMD doesn’t seem too far off the pace when it comes to gaming benchmarks…