Graphics card releases always generate a lot of hype, and the rumor mill usually starts spitting out content a year before they’re released. Well, the official word is on NVIDIA RTX 4000 Series Finally Available – Here are some important tips if you’re looking to upgrade.
GPU launches are always exciting
The launch of the RTX 3000 series was marred by bad timing and bad luck: global supply chain disruption, combined with a hot cryptocurrency market, drove up prices and Availability hurt. The 3000-series GPU at MSRP was hard to come by until nearly two years after its initial release.
Limited supplies and inflated prices made gamers stick to their GPUs longer than usual, and the general sentiment leading up to NVIDIA’s GTC release was “I’ll wait for the 4000 series release before I decide”.
The rumors didn’t do anything to hurt the hype either — a series of reasonably credible leaks have suggested NVIDIA’s Lovelace flagship, dubbed the RTX 4090, packs some serious punch. This means that lower-tier devices, such as the 4060, 4070, and 4080, are likely to wipe the floor with their 3000-class counterparts in real-world performance.
So, aside from the hype and rumors, what do we know for sure after the GTC Keynote?
Welcome to NVIDIA’s RTX 4090 and RTX 4080s
Leaks and rumors are one thing, but now we have some concrete numbers from NVIDIA. The RTX 4090 and 16GB 4080 are beasts — they’re 11.97 inches long, 5.4 inches wide and occupy three full slots in your bag.
What are the specifications of the RTX 4090?
We know for sure that the RTX 4090 will contain:
- GPU Memory: 24 GB of GDDR6X
- Koda cores: 16384
- FP32: 90+ TFLOPs
- TDP: 450 watts
- MSRP: $1,599
The RTX 4090 launched at $1,600. That’s $100 more than the RTX 3090, which debuted at $1,500, and $500 more than the running price of the 3,090 TB in September 2022. Given the performance jump, the extra $100 doesn’t hurt that much, especially if we consider that many They fear the RTX 4090 will end up priced at around $2000.
What are the specifications of the RTX 4080?
Two different RTX 4080 GPUs were released. Despite the name being shared, there are some fundamental differences between the two variants. They probably wouldn’t both be called 4080s in any other generation of cards.
- GPU Memory: 16 GB of GDDR6X
- Koda cores: 9728
- TDP: 320 watts
- MSRP: $1199
- GPU Memory: 12 GB of GDDR6X
- Koda cores: 7680
- TDP: 285 W
- MSRP: $899
The NVIDIA website doesn’t provide any physical dimensions for the 12GB 4080 and instead says it “varies by manufacturer”. This may mean that the Founders Edition will not be available.
The price is a noticeable jump from the RTX 3080 (10 GB), which originally sold for $699. The change could be a hard pill to swallow for a lot of gamers and push more people towards the futuristic RTX 4070.
Video memory is good but it’s not everything
Modern games can easily use up to 6 GB video memoryEspecially if you’re playing in 4K. When you look at GPU memory usage, it’s important to note that apps often reserve more memory than they actually use just to be safe.
This means that when you see a 3060 or 3080 with 12 GB of VRAM sitting there with 10 GB in use, you probably don’t have to worry – you have more space than you think.
The RTX 4090 has 24 GB of video memory, and the 4080 will be available in 12 or 16 GB. The real question: Do you really need it?
If you plan to play in 4K, then may be The 16GB version is worth the 4080 version, but it’s highly unlikely that any game will actually be able to take advantage of the 24GB available on the RTX 4090 in the near future. You’ll likely need the extra memory (and extra speed!) that the RTX 4090 packs in if you want to play at 8K.
If you are interested in the applications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML), such as Generate massive high-resolution images in stable propagation, the question becomes more complex. Both AI and ML benefit from massive amounts of VRAM, which makes the RTX 4090 even more attractive. However, you can get that much video memory in the 3090 Ti for at least $500 – it’ll be a little slower.
Ray Tracing improvements
Good lighting is an essential part of any game environment, and ray tracing lighting It has been hailed as the gold standard for years. The main obstacle? ray tracing lighting Computationally expensive. NVIDIA has developed special RT Cores that are optimized for performance A specific type of ray tracing account more efficiently.
Related: What is ray tracing?
NVIDIA has included proprietary ray tracing cores on its GPUs since the release of RTX 2000-series GPUs. The RTX 4000 series comes loaded with 3rd generation ray tracing cores, promising two to three times more performance than the previous generation.
If you’re interested in ray tracing, the RTX 4000 GPUs are a very promising upgrade from previous generations.
What’s new in Deep Learning Super Sampling 3 (DLSS 3)?
DLSS It is an AI rendering technology that allows some (any of the RTX cards) NVIDIA GPU’s to use AI to upgrade a frame rendered at a lower resolution to a higher resolution. The resulting performance gains can be enormous.
NVIDIA revealed DLSS 3 in its Keynote address and showed off a clip from DLSS 3 being used in Cyberpunk 2077. In their example, the normal frame rate was at 4K with full ray tracing in the low 20s – which Too slow for most people. DLSS 3 manages to push full framerates into the mid-80s, which goes from unpleasant play area to one that is perfectly acceptable to most people.
That’s nearly four times the frame rate per second with no noticeable impact on visual resolution. NVIDIA promotional materials indicate that some kind of FPS jump (two to four times) is expected with DLSS 3.
Should I buy a 4000 Series GPU?
It’s still early days, and there aren’t enough real-world samples to be sure, but it does seem likely that the 4000 Series will represent one of the biggest generation-to-generation leaps in performance we’ve seen.
If you’re willing to pay top dollar and still use a GTX 1000-series GPU, or even an RTX 2000-series card, upgrading today is a no-brainer. The RTX 4090 looks like an amazing piece of hardware for anyone trying to play 4K games at 144+ fps or 8K at 60 fps. Just keep in mind that it would be a waste if you weren’t in the UHD zone.
More budget-conscious buyers, especially those with 1080p or 1440p, will want to wait until NVIDIA unveils the RTX 4070 and RTX 4060 later in 2022 or early 2023. The specs on the 12GB RTX 4080 are close to what one might expect from the 4070. If previous generations of GPUs are any indication – there’s clearly something a bit different this time around. It remains to be seen how powerful the RTX 4070 and RTX 4060 are when compared to their bigger siblings.
Even with that caveat, improvements to NVIDIA’s Tensor Cores (which power DLSS 3) and Ray Tracing Cores ensure that all of the RTX 4000 GPUs will be compelling upgrades for every gamer out there, especially if you’re not already using a series card. RTX 3000.
Could you Read more about the RTX 4000 series GPUs On the NVIDIA website.