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Nvidia RTX 4090 pricing and review (2022)

Nvidia RTX 4090 pricing and review (2022): The GeForce RTX 4090 has a starting price of $1,599. This makes it $100 more expensive than the GeForce RTX 3090 was at launch, although notably $400 cheaper than the $1,999 RTX 3090 Ti, which is the card Nvidia is comparing the performance of these new models too.

Nvidia’s RTX 4090 is the new flagship of a new generation of Nvidia graphics cards based on its Ada Lovelace architecture. It brings with it new technologies, new enhancements, and a big uplift in general GPU performance. It’s looking to support the next generation of games with big improvements to ray tracing and deep learning super sampling (DLSS) performance in particular.

The Nvidia RTX 4090 features AD102-300 GPU with 16384 CUDA cores and a boost clock up to 2520 MHz. This means it is up to 4x faster than its predecessor RTX 3090. It will come equipped with 24GB of GDDR6X memory and a default TDP of 450W. The boost clock speed for the card is rated at 2.52 GHz for the GPU and 21 Gbps for the GDDR6X memory, delivering up to 1 TB/s of bandwidth.

Nvidia RTX 4090 has dual AV1 encoders supporting up to 8K 60 FPS recordings when game streaming. The flagship desktop GPU will be available on October 12 with multiple designs from its board partners like ZOTAC, Inno3D, Colorful, Gigabyte, MSI, ASUS, etc.

  • RTX 4090 release date: October 12, 2022
  • RTX 4090 Price: $1,599
  • Built on Nvidia’s Ada Lovelace architecture and using TSMC’s N4 process
  • Nvidia claims the RTX 4090 offers 2–4x performance of the RTX 3090 Ti
  • Features 16,384 CUDA Cores and 24GB of GDDR6X VRAM

Nvidia RTX 4090 specs

The GeForce RTX 4090 uses Nvidia’s new Ada Lovelace architecture and boasts support for the new 3rd generation Ray tracing cores(opens in new tab), 4th generation Tensor cores, and DLSS 3. Nvidia has stuck with the PCIe 4.0 interface for this generation and the card support Resizable BAR, Microsoft DirectX 12 Ultimate, and Vulkan RT API.

Nvidia will be producing Founder Editions of the GeForce RTX 4090, although third parties will also be producing their own versions with their own cooling solutions. Such cards can be factory overclocking too, although the difference this makes in-game can be slight. 

The GeForce RTX 4090 boasts an incredible 76.3 billion transistors, making it a significantly beefier chip than the existing Ampere GPUs, which rolled in at 28.3 billion.

RTX 3090 TiRTX 4090
GPUGA102-350-A1AD102-300
CUDA Cores10,75216,384
Base Clock1,560MHz2,230MHz
Boost Clock1,860MHz2,520MHz
Memory Bus384-bit384-bit
Memory Type24GB GDDR6X24GB GDDR6X
Memory Speed21Gbps21Gbps
Graphics Card Power (W)450W450W
Required System power (W)850W850W
Launch Price$1,999$1,599

The power requirements for the 4090 have increased, as expected, though not to the extent that some rumors suggested. At 450W, it’s 100W more than the RTX 3090 but the same as the RTX 3090 Ti.

Nvidia also confirmed that the Lovelace GPU will benefit from new-generation RT and tensor cores. It has yet to explicitly confirm the number of either, but one graph did suggest that it had massively increased the number of both on the RTX 4090.

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