TECH PREVIEW – During the GeForce Beyond presentation, the Green team, officially unveiled a new GPU, the next version of DLSS, and the long-awaited RTX 40xx graphics cards, which we also learned a lot of details about. The latter has been given a special trailer, and below, you can watch the NVIDIA Racer RTX power demo, a tech demo that lasts over three and a half minutes. In a nutshell: there will be two RTX 4080 cards, but the really brutal performance will be delivered by the RTX 4090, which will, of course, come at a hefty price.
Each RTX 40xx card uses NVIDAI’s brand new Ada Lovelace architecture. Named after an English mathematician and writer, it’s responsible for making ray tracing (third-generation RTX cores) even more realistic and providing machine learning-based DLSS 3 (descaling, image and speed enhancement) technology. The Racer RTX tech demo, is also designed to showcase this and the power of PhysX: the demo is powered by a single Ada Lovelace GPU, built from 76 billion transistors, and is made using TSMC’s 4nm manufacturing technology. The Racer RTX will be available to try out with the new graphics cards in November. NVIDIA has also used Microsoft Flight Simulator and Cyberpunk 2077 to demonstrate how DLSS 3 doubles frame rate and how next-generation ray tracing works: you can see demos of these below. With over 35 games getting DLSS3 support starting in October, you’ll have plenty of time to try out the brand-new cards.
So far, we’ve only heard about the potential best graphics cards for desktops, but we expect GPUs to make their way into top-of-the-line gaming laptops eventually and as part of Nvidia’s GeForce Now streaming service. They’ll probably all be released at different times, but they’ll all benefit from technologies like Nvidia DLSS 3.0 and Nvidia Reflex.
As high performance as RTX 4000 GPUs will undoubtedly deliver, these next-generation graphics cards could face stiff competition from AMD RDNA 3 and Intel Arc Alchemist. Fortunately, we’ve already seen some of the RTX 4090 and RTX 4080, and we won’t have to wait much longer to see how the RTX 4070 and RTX 4060 stack up against their rivals.
Here’s everything we know about the Nvidia RTX 4000 GPUs:
Nvidia RTX 4000 release date
The Nvidia RTX 4090 and RTX 4080 GPUs are now official, but the RTX 4070 and 4060 did not appear at the same GTC launch event. The first RTX 4000 release date rolls in on October 12, when the RTX 4090 hits store shelves, while you’ll have to wait until November for either of the RTX 4080 graphics cards – yes, there are multiple specifications – to arrive.
It’s conceivable that an RTX 4090 Ti could show up after Halloween, but that seems unlikely as Nvidia keeps quiet about its entry- and mid-range graphics cards. The various RTX 4000 model names are already listed as EEC trademarks, which doesn’t guarantee an ETA, but it does confirm claims that they will show up within a few months.
Nvidia RTX 4000 Pepper Prices
Nvidia is pricing the RTX 4000 series much higher than the RTX 3000 series.
The flagship Nvidia RTX 4080 is available in two variants: the 12GB version is priced at $899 (about 362,000 HUF), and the 16GB model is priced at $1199 (about 483,000 HUF). Although not available at MSRP at launch due to chip shortages and shipping restrictions, the RTX 3080 debuted at USD 699 for 10GB and USD 1249 for 12GB – the latter was quickly overtaken by the 12GB RTX 3080 Ti, which cost USD 1199.
Looking toward the eager entrant, the RTX 4090 is priced at $1599 (about $644k). That’s just a little more than the RTX 3090, which landed with an MSRP of $1499.
The RTX 4060 and RTX 4070 are still unofficial, so we can only speculate how much they’ll cost based on the flagship models. We expect the RTX 4070 to come in at around USD 549-699, while the RTX 4060 could be around the USD 349-500 mark.
Nvidia RTX 4000 specification rumours
Nvidia RTX 4000 specs are a bit confusing, as the green team likes to release multiple models under the same name.
In a broader sense, all RTX 4000 GPUs run on the new Ada Lovelace architecture, which develops the RTX processors and neural rendering engines. They also support the new and improved DLSS 3.0 upscaling, which does not work on older RTX GPUs.
This time around, we get two GeForce RTX 4080 graphics cards, one with 12 GB of GDDR6X VRAM and the other with 16 GB. That’s a good starting point, as games like Far Cry 6 with less than 12GB have some issues with higher resolutions and settings (ray tracing, for example), but AMD Radeon GPUs have been clocked at 16GB since the launch of their RTX 3000 rivals.
According to Nvidia, the RTX 4080 on RacerX boasts two to four times the speed of the RTX 3080 Ti, but it undoubtedly depends on which model you choose. It’s worth noting that Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang isn’t positioning these as a replacement for the RTX 3000 series but rather as a complementary line of products for enthusiasts to complement it.
The RTX 4090 uses a whopping 24GB of GDDR6X VRAM, which puts it at the forefront of the battle for Ada Lovelace. It’s expected to eat much power, so Nvidia recommends an 850W power supply.
Control with 160 FPS
According to the reliable leaker Kopite7kimi, an Nvidia RTX 4090 Ti could be in the works, using a “full fat” version of the AD102 GPU. While the insider clarifies that it’s unclear if it will be an actual product, the beefed-up graphics card could come with 46GB of GDDR6 VRAM while requiring two 16-pin power connectors.
Claims regarding the full-fat AD102 GPU performance have also surfaced on the net, with insiders claiming that the Nvidia RTX 4090 Ti can run Control at 4K 160fps with DLSS and ray tracing enabled.
Further leaks point towards improved AD104 specs, as the RTX 4070 apparently packs RTX 3090 Ti level performance. It also has faster clock speeds than the RTX 4090, making it an excellent mid-range option.
Nvidia RTX 4000 benchmark speculations
So far, no Nvidia RTX 4000 benchmarks have seen the light of day, but that hasn’t stopped the leakers from sharing information on potential performance. Some claim that the GeForce RTX 4090 could double the performance of the RTX 3090 in both standard rasterization and ray tracing. As for compute performance, the rumor mill suggests that the RTX 4090 could hit the 100 teraflops ceiling, meaning it could surpass the capabilities of the RTX 3090 Ti.
However, increasing performance requires increasing power consumption. That’s where the new PCIe Gen 5 interface comes in, first seen on an RTX 3090 at Intel’s Innovation Event. It can deliver up to a staggering 600W of power to a graphics card while being much more compact and less cumbersome than the more familiar PCIe 8-pin power connectors.
We expect official third-party benchmarks to accompany the RTX 4090 on October 12.
Source : PCGamesN