Nvidia is starting to unveil its lineup of next-gen GeForce RTX 40xx graphics cards – starting with the two most powerful SKUs, the RTX 4090 and 4080. Their 4nm GPU (TSMC) features an all-new architecture, dubbed Ada Lovelace.
The first card to hit the market on October 12, 2022, the GeForce RTX 4090, will pack a lot of latest-generation RAM. We can indeed count on 24 GB of GDDR6X memory. Its GPU offers no less than 16,384 CUDA cores, all for a base frequency of 2.23 GHz (boost to 2.52 GHz), 1,321 Tensor cores, 191 RT cores and 83 Shaders.
Nvidia Unveils RTX 4090 and 4080, Coming to Market October 12, 2022
All for a consumption equivalent to the RTX 3090 Ti. Nvidia recommends that you have a power supply of at least 850 W in your PC to power the card. The graphics card is, according to the manufacturer, between 2 and 4 times faster than the RTX 3090 Ti, the most powerful consumer Nvidia graphics card on the market.
The Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 is available in two VRAM variants. Here again we have ultra-fast GDDR6X RAM – a choice of 12 or 16 GB. Its GPU is a little below with 7,680 CUDA cores, a base frequency of 2.61 GHz (boost to 2.61 GHz), 639 Tensor cores, 92 RT cores, 40 Shaders and 700W power consumption.
Note that the RTX 4080 16 GB, however, has more than a few gigabytes of additional RAM. Its chip is also an intermediate model, with 9,728 CUDA cores, 780 Tensor cores, 113 RT cores, 49 Shaders and a consumption of 750 W.
All three cards feature DLSS 3 AI-powered upsampling technology that is compatible right out of the box with over 35 games and apps. These cards also feature a new version of ShadowPlay that allows gameplay to be captured in up to 8K at 60 fps with HDR. The cards embed NVENC technology with AV1 codec support for more stable streams.
The first RTX 4090s hit stores on October 12 with a recommended price of $1,599. The significantly cheaper RTX 4080 will be available in November starting at $899 for the 12GB model if the cards don’t cause as severe a demand shock as when the RTX 30xx released (cards have long been unobtainable at Nvidia’s recommended prices ). The 16GB variant starts at $1,199.