On October 12, NVIDIA’s new generation of graphics cards was introduced to the market, specifically we are talking about the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090.
Based on the new Ada Lovelace architecture, the American company’s latest series of video cards promises top-notch gaming experiences thanks to TSMC’s 5-nanometer 4N processor with 76 billion transistors; a leap forward from the 28 billion transistors of the previous version.
Learn more about release dates, prices, and features of what appears to be the most advanced of today’s top video cards.
TSMC’s 4N processor-based Ada Lovelace microarchitecture represents a solid leap forward over 8nm Ampere (Samsung) chips; this translates into an immediate technical advantage: more performance for lower power consumption.
According to NVIDIA’s statement, the GeForce RTX 4090 has a base clock of 2230 MHz with a boost to 2250 MHz.
24 GB GDDR6X memory with speeds reaching 21 Gbps.
1008 GB bandwidth and 96 MB L2 Cache and 16384 CUDA Cores.
The whole requires 450W for maximum performance use.
100 W more than the previous version, the GeForce RTX 3090 presented two years ago, which had 10496 CUDA cores and 6 MB of L2 cache.
The cooling system appears to be the same as that of the RTX 3090.
Market release dates
According to as-yet unconfirmed rumors NVIDIA’s flagship GeForce RTX 4090 Ti graphics card, also called “The Beast,” will be even more performance and powerful, however further details will be provided along with a possible 2023 launch date.
While the rest of the series, namely RTX 4080 (16GB), RTX 4070 and RTX 4060 will be unveiled in November.
Instead, the 12GB RTX 4080 production, believed by some to be the “real” RTX 4070, has been canceled.
Once tested on the gaming field, the superiority of the GeForce RTX 4090 over predecessors and rivals in graphics processing immediately emerges.
In Warhammer 3 at 1440p it is 40% faster than the RTX 3090 Ti.
A similar result is achieved in Tomb Raider in 4K.
While in Dying Light 2 Stay Human, the RTX 4090 is 117% faster than the RTX 3090 and even 150% faster with DLSS3 settings enabled (more on this in the next section).
It is not only gamers who benefit from the impressive performance of this GPU; in fact, run times for 3D rendering and video editing are virtually cut in half with RTX 4090.
DLSS3 is not only the successor series to DLSS2 but a marked step forward in that the new version adds to the features of the previous one to increase FPS even more.
With the so-called “Optical Flow Accelerator,” a new part of RTX GPUs, and adding Optical Multi Frame Generation, NVIDIA brings into play staggering FPS increases.
In a nutshell, RTX 4000 GPUs can generate new frames based on “assumptions,” artificially increasing FPS and improving the gamer experience.
Note that DLSS 3 will not be available for the RTX 3000 and 2000 boards because they do not have this optical flow accelerator.
However, some have pointed out a possible side effect that can be seen in a game such as Cyberpunk 2077, in which, with DLSS 3 enabled, FPS reaches 112.
This kind of frame rate should result in a substantially smoother experience than 62 FPS.
However, because these additional FPS are generated with DLSS 3, the feeling of responsiveness/latency is as if you were playing at 62 FPS.
It should be added that this is not a real shortcoming, as the gaming experience is not harmed in any way, just think of the 40 FPS of the RTX 3080, which defends itself more than well in the workloads presented above.
The decision to end with EVGA and have TSMC produce the processors can be attributed in part to the price increase.
Indiscretions about NVIDIA’s market strategies point out that the company is probably trying to run out of stock of the RTX 3000 series before lowering the prices of the newer 4000 series.
Here are the prices in the U.S. market:
RTX 4060 – $330 (not confirmed)
RTX 4070 – $500 (not confirmed)
RTX 4080 12 GB – $899 (canceled)
RTX 4080 16 GB – $ 1199
RTX 4090 – $1599
For the European market things will be even worse with prices for RTX 4090 ranging from €1999 to €2569 depending on the retailer.
Right now, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 is the most powerful and high-performance video card on the market.
Cutting-edge technology and advanced architecture ensure ultra-high performance for a smooth gaming experience and halved rendering times.
The price is high, but it seems proportionate to how much NVIDIA has to put on the market.
It remains to be seen what AMD will offer with the new RDNA3 series due out in November.