It's a given that Nvidia's future Lovelace graphics cards will be more powerful than its current Ampere counterparts, but as the RTX 4000 release date approaches, more information about how much more powerful they'll emerge. New leaks imply that the GeForce RTX 4090 will outperform the company's current top GPU, the RTX 3090, by a generation.
RTX 4090 cards using the entire AD102 GPU die will enhance frame rates in standard rasterization videogames by 80-110 percent over the RTX 3090, according to sources close to Moore's Law Is Dead (MLID). Ray-tracing performance should also "at least double," however MLID cannot provide specific figures.
However, Nvidia may increase the RTX 4090's TDP to an uncomfortably high 450-600W to build the best graphics card in their Lovelace series. So, if you get your hands on team green's soon-to-be most powerful pixel pusher, don't be surprised if you need to upgrade your gaming PC with an expensive power supply.
MLID also reports that Nvidia has upgraded the memory controllers for the RTX 4000 and appears to be developing them to enable GDDR7 VRAM, despite Micron's failure to finalize the memory specification.
Nvidia appears to be preparing some severe competition for RDNA 3 AMD Radeon and Intel Arc Alchemist graphics cards, with RTX 4000 cards sporting up to 71 percent more CUDA cores and a larger L2 cache. We can't wait to watch all three manufacturers go head-to-head later this year for GPU supremacy.
Online specifications for a forthcoming Nvidia GPU have surfaced, presumably providing an early look at the RTX 4090. It's been about a year since Nvidia initially unveiled the RTX 30 series, and some fans are already anticipating the next generation of Nvidia graphics cards. Even though all of the current RTX 30 GPUs are still excellently in 2021, some folks are still attempting to figure out what's next.
On the other hand, others aren't considering next-generation GPUs. Why? The RTX 30 cards continue to have a lot to offer, but buying one is still a big deal. Many gamers have been unable to get an RTX 30 at a full retail price due to chip shortages, scalpers, and cryptocurrency miners. It may be tough to support new GPUs, but nothing in the computing world moves at a snail's pace.
They have released the specifications for Nvidia's 'AD102' GPU. 3DCenter.org recently provided a spec dump for the AD102 GPU, as reported by TweakTown, based on reports from two prolific leakers — @kopite7kimi and @greymon55. The AD102 will be the successor to the RTX 3090, or some have begun to refer to it as the RTX 4090. Nvidia has confirmed none of the specs listed below, but they align with past rumors and should indicate what to expect later this year.
A new GPU architecture based on Nvidia's Ada Lovelace idea lies at the RTX 4090. Using a new 5nm production process, Ada Lovelace will replace the present Ampere design, resulting in improved performance and efficiency than earlier cards. Other features include 18,432 CUDA cores, a GPU clock speed of 2.2GHz, and 24Gbps GDDR6X memory. The RTX 4090 should have an overall performance of 81 teraflops, making it an absolute beast of a GPU.
All of those stats are remarkable enough on their own, but when compared to the RTX 3090, things get crazy. That card boasts 10,496 CUDA cores, a 1.40GHz base clock, 19.5Gbps GDDR6X memory, and 35.5 teraflops. If the rumored specifications are accurate, the RTX 4090 might perform more than 100% over the 3090. This power would imply a huge card with high power consumption, but many gamers will undoubtedly accept the compromise with the stats being touted here.
The most significant disadvantage is having to wait for all of this power to be delivered. The RTX 4090 isn't expected to ship until Q4 2022, so there's still a long way before any of this happens. Given the factors above, this is probably for the best, but the RTX 4090 could turn the PC gaming world on its head when it launches.