Nvidia's RTX 4090 could be even faster than expected, at least if a new rumor turns out to be true, and we've also heard more about why Nvidia's release plans might have changed recently (yet another). GPU I came, so be careful with all that information).

The new information on the potential performance of Nvidia's flagship Lovelace graphics card comes from well-known hardware leaker "kopite7kimi", who estimates that the final loadout of the RTX 4090 could be 16 CUDA cores instead of the 384 that was reported. previously believed. This would represent 16 additional streaming multiprocessors for a total of 128.

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It's a relatively small increase in core count, but not an insignificant one, giving the RTX 4090 a bit more raw grunt on paper, reminding that this graphics card should already be a huge leap forward in performance compared to its predecessor. , the RTX. 3090.

Another interesting point to note about Nvidia's upcoming next-gen GPUs comes from YouTube leaker RedGamingTech (opens in a new tab), who saw the above tweet and also touched on the alleged RTX 4090 release schedule (and other Lovelace cards).

Of course, we've heard a lot of rumors about the RTX 4090 release dates, and RedGamingTech says its sources now agree that the latest speculation is correct in terms of Lovelace's flagship launching in September, followed by October and November for the RTX 4080. and 4070 respectively.

Why this apparent delay? RedGamingTech's best guess, based on the most reliable source YouTuber relies on, is that these aren't RTX 4000 cards that aren't ready to go, but rather a braking case from Nvidia to give more time to sell to through existing RTX 3000 GPU inventory.

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We always thought that the August release of the RTX 4090, one of the most recent rumors to gain traction, seemed like an overly optimistic scenario, and that September seemed more realistic as a (on-sale) release date. To us, it seems quite plausible that Nvidia might want to hold back to help clear existing GPU inventory, especially since declining demand for crypto can be factored in here.

Of course, if that's true, then the supposed RTX 4000 reveal in mid-July probably won't happen either, as even teasing the performance of Lovelace cards is likely to make some gamers think twice before committing to buy, especially in the case. of an expensive high-end GPU, if you can see what's around the corner.

Especially if what's right on that curve is an RTX 4090 which is a bit beefier than the rumors mentioned above, according to kopite7kimi's theory. Previously, the famous Twitter leaker guessed, and of course we are very speculative here, that the RTX 4090 could be twice as powerful as the RTX 3090, or even more. This new CUDA core count leak is another hint that we can expect more than double the performance, then.

Another piece of positive news that has surfaced for those waiting for Nvidia's RTX 4090, whenever it comes, is that RedGamingTech has also pointed out that we're still seeing 450W power consumption as most recently theorized, and not one of the most concerning. . . Much higher TDP figures than have floated in previous leaks (such as 600W).

Of course, it still looks like AMD's strongest line of attack in the next-gen GPU wars will be power efficiency, as Team Red recently announced the advances made with RDNA 3 graphics cards in terms of power efficiency and performance improvement. performance. -per watt – with a promised increase of 50% or more over RDNA 2.

With rising power costs and concerns over temperature and cooling, and the potential need for power supply upgrades, even for truly power-hungry GPUs, we shouldn't underestimate how important this battle can be. for efficiency. But if Nvidia is really going to throw down the gauntlet for raw, galloping framerate power, it's obviously imperative that AMD doesn't appear too far off the pace when it comes to gaming benchmarks...

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