Nvidia's RTX 4000 graphics cards could arrive later than expected, at least according to the latest speculation from a major hardware leaker on YouTube, who also discussed the alleged size of the RTX 4090 Ti GPU (based on previous leaks).

All of this was conveyed in Moore's latest Law is Dead video (opens in a new tab), which finds that despite some rumors surrounding the flagship Nvidia Lovelace GPU weighing in like a four-slot monster, still it could be three slots. adventure.

You may recall that we've seen leaked photos before (spread through the Chiphell forums) purportedly showing parts of the RTX 4090 Ti, indicating that it was a monster GPU.

Now these images looked pretty convincing at first glance, although we obviously have to be careful about whether a leak is genuine and indeed Moore's Law Is Dead (MLID) points out that there are some suspicious elements in the images, and certainly we cannot exclude counterfeiting.

Anyway, regarding these recent photos, the other possibility raised by MLID is that they could show an early Ampere generation engineering sample cooler, possibly drafted as a solution for a prototype next-generation Lovelace card. And indeed, speculative rendered mockups based on the leaked images, provided to MLID, show that it looks almost the same as an RTX 3090 cooler.

Would Nvidia keep the same Ampere cooler for Lovelace? Well, it certainly can, because it worked well and was well thought out, and keeping a reliable design for a second generation of graphics cards makes sense (and has happened in the past).

MLID is also using these newly simulated renders to claim that while rumors point to a four-slot RTX 4090 Ti, a three-slot solution, or perhaps a slightly larger one, perhaps 3,25 slots, could work for a card. 600 W graph (assumed power for the 4090 Ti today). MLID demonstrates that the renderings make it appear that the latter might be a more likely solution than four slots, and theorizes that 3,25 slots would give enough room to enlarge the heatsink by 10% to 20%, and with settings of design, this could work for a 600W GPU.

While it's still possible that the leaked photos show an engineering sample 4090 Ti with a makeshift cooler (borrowed from Ampere, as we mentioned before), and the final design could be a steal: four slots (with more differences).

This leads to more speculation from MLID about the timing of Lovelace's release - the leaker notes that the Ampere cooler was leaked a few months before the RTX 3090 surfaced, so given the timing of this Lovelace cooler leak, we're hoping that the final version arrives maybe in August. . In fact, this date has been rumored lately, but MLID has heard from sources that Nvidia's partners (graphics card manufacturers) don't expect any real numbers of Lovelace cards to float until 'in October'.

And if that turns out to be the case, it suggests that those leaked images of the purported 4090 Ti we saw back in May are more likely to be a sample card, one that may not be as close to Lovelace's final flagship design as we'll actually get ( in October, if current rumors are correct). This is all speculation, of course, but generally speaking, the sponsor seems pretty confident from the sources cited here.

Analysis: Lots of noise from the rumor mill (and maybe those fans too)

That doesn't mean we can't get anything until October, of course; it's just the month that MLID believes (and it's just a belief) that Nvidia's next-gen GPUs will be available at the appropriate volume.

We could see a reveal, or even multiple teases, before then, that's actually what we'd expect. But the other key piece of the puzzle here is that MLID points out that sources have said that Nvidia is overstocking the RTX 3000 and, as we've noted before, any Lovelace announcement could have gamers waiting for the RTX 4000, interfering. with Ampere GPU sales. And with a lot of stock available, Nvidia doesn't want that to happen...

So we're guessing we won't get a reveal until launch, or the other scenario could be that Nvidia's RTX 3000 models really start to drop, as retailers kick into gear to try to move this glut. stocks and therefore sales are faster and in this case we may see an earlier presentation. All of this points to RTX 3000 GPU prices falling faster, and in fact we're already starting to see more and more evidence of this; all good news for the average consumer.

As for whether the RTX 4090 Ti will be four or three slots (or some sort of compromise of three and a bit), we think it's too early to say. Either way, expect a beefy card, though MLID theorizes that Nvidia may not even be sure to push for 600W for the 4090 Ti yet (might depend on where RDNA 3 performance seems to be landing and how competitive it needs to be). the green team) compared).

All we'll say is that if the 4090 Ti turns out to be three slots or so, and some 600W, then it might be possible to keep that GPU cool as stated above, but we're concerned that fan noise could result.

So not only could such an RTX 4090 Ti turn your PC into a tiny heatsink, but under full load it could also look like a plane coming out of a hangar, and with that probably huge size of the plate, whether it's really big or really, really big: when it all adds up, you have to wonder what such an impractical proposition could turn out to be.

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