Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 and 4090: release date, price, technical sheet, all the info

With its graphics cards based on the Ada Lovelace architecture, Nvidia is taking a new step. Its GeForce RTX 4000 promise exceptional performance, even more oriented towards ray tracing, and featuring the new DLSS 3. The RTX 4080 and RTX 4090 have already been announced and should soon be joined by the RTX 4070 Ti, the old RTX 4080 12 Go.

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The generation of Nvidia GeForce RTX 3000 graphics cards will gradually give way to the new Nvidia GeForce RTX 4000, whose the first models are official. These GPUs are based on a new Ada Lovelace architecture, incorporate new technologies and have even more impressive technical specifications than their predecessors. Discover with us everything you need to know about the RTX 40 family.

What graphics cards are available?

As usual, Nvidia is not launching all of its GPUs at the same time, and is starting with the high-end segment. The manufacturer has officially introduced three models of graphics cards for the GeForce RTX 4000 series: the RTX 4090, the RTX 4080 16 GB and the RTX 4080 12 GB. But the brand has been heavily criticized for the nomenclature it has chosen, from many consumers do not understand why the RTX 4080 16 GB and RTX 4080 12 GB, which have very different characteristics and performance, have the same name. Nvidia then changed tack and decided not to not launch the RTX 4080 12 GB on the market.

To date, the series therefore only has two references. The Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 has been available since October 12, 2022. As for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080, it has been on the market since November 16, 2022. The RTX 4000 generation should experience less shortage concerns over the long term than that of RTX 3000, for which it was almost impossible to find a graphics card at its recommended price. The excitement around cryptocurrency mining has waned along with the value of cryptocurrencies and rising energy costs. In addition, production lines are starting to return to a more regular pace after the pandemic, despite lingering episodes of confinement in China. But we must still expect difficulties in getting used to the launch of GPUs, in particular regarding the GeForce RTX 4080.

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According to hallway noises, the RTX 4070 Ti would be presented on January 3, 2023. The first tests would be published the next day, January 4, for orders to open on January 5. But these dates have not yet been confirmed by Nvidia.

How much do the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4000s cost?

The GeForce RTX 4090 is Nvidia’s most powerful graphics card for consumers, and also the most expensive. In France, it is displayed at the price of 1949 euros minimum, for the Founder’s Edition (which is already out of stock on Nvidia’s official website). Custom versions from manufacturers Zotac and Gigabyte are also offered at this price, but also without stock. The other custom RTX 4090s are more expensive: count 2099.99 euros for a Zotac GAMING GeForce RTX 4090 Trinity, 2159.99 euros for a Gigabyte GeForce RTX 4090 GAMING OC 24G, 2189.99 euros for a Zotac GAMING GeForce RTX 4090 AMP Extreme AIRO and 2299.99 euros for an ASUS TUF-RTX4090-O24G-GAMING. But again, availability varies.

the price of the RTX 4080 starts at 1469 euros. But it may be difficult to find the graphics card at this price, you will probably have to turn to more expensive custom models to succeed in acquiring them. Asus, MSI, Zotac and Gigabyte have already formalized RTX 4080s marketed under their brand.

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The RTX 4070 Ti is expected to be the next generation graphics card to hit the market. Given that it takes the place of the canceled RTX 4080 12GB, we can anticipate a price starting from 1099 euros, the one that had been announced for the latter. But it is possible that Nvidia will lower the price of the GPU since if the RTX 4080 12 GB was canceled it was because the public felt that it had a performance/price/range ratio that was too unattractive.

The Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 technical sheet

The GeForce RTX 4090 has a GPU made up of 16,384 CUDA cores with a base clock frequency of 2.23 GHz, for 2.52 GHz in boost. It also counts on the presence of 24 GB GDDR6X of memory and a 384-bit interface. It is of course PCI Express Gen 4 compatible.

The graphics card supports rendering in 4K HDR at 120Hz, 8K HDR at 60Hz, and variable refresh rates via its HDMI 2.1a connector. Its three DisplayPort 1.4a inputs enable display up to 4K 12-bit HDR at 240Hz with DP 1.4a + DSC, up to 8K 12-bit HDR at 60Hz with DP 1.4a + DSC or HDMI 2.1 + DSC and up to to 8K HDR at 120Hz with dual DP 1.4a + DSC.

The RTX 4090 consumes up to 450W and requires at least 850W of power to operate safely and at full power. Of course, some of this data may vary by graphics card model, with the information quoted taking the Founder’s Edition as an example.

RTX 4090 benchmark
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As far as performance is concerned, Nvidia promises a real leap forward with this generation thanks to the combination of even more advanced hardware and the integration of new technologies inherent in the Ada Lovelace architecture. According to Nvidia’s communication, an RTX 4090 performs almost twice as well as an RTX 3090 Ti in 4K quality and with DLSS Performance mode in Super Resolution on Flight Simulator, and more than twice as well on Warhammer 40,000: Darktide. The result is even more impressive on Cyberpunk 2077 in maximum ray tracing mode, which would run four times better on an RTX 4090 than an RTX 3090 Ti thanks to ray tracing improvements.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 spec sheet

The GeForce RTX 4080 has 9728 Nvidia CUDA cores, for a clock frequency of 2.21 GHz that can go up to 2.51 GHz in boost. We also benefit from 16 GB of GDDR6X memory and a 256-bit bus size. PCI Express Gen 4 is included and the display capabilities of the connectors are the same as those of the RTX 4090.

The RTX 4080 can consume up to 320W and requires a computer with at least a 750W power supply to avoid unpleasant surprises.

RTX 4080 benchmark
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Still according to Nvidia measurements and for a 4K definition, in DLSS Performance mode in Super Resolution, an RTX 4080 would enjoy almost twice the performance of an RTX 3080 Ti on Flight Simulator and Warhammer 40,000: Darktide. For Cyberpunk 2077 in maximum ray tracing mode, the RTX 4080 delivers more than three times the performance of the already excellent RTX 3080 Ti.

The already known Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Ti?

Nvidia has not yet presented its RTX 4070 Ti and has never even mentioned it yet, but the graphics card should have the same technical characteristics as the late RTX 4080 12 GB, whose release has been canceled, but which should resume service under this name of RTX 4070 Ti.

The graphics card has 7680 CUDA cores, a clock frequency of 2.31 GHz (up to 2.61 GHz in boost), 12 GB of GDDR6X RAM, and a 192-bit memory bus. It develops 639 tensor-TFLOPs, 92 ray tracing-TFLOPs and 40 shader-TFLOPS. It requires a power supply of at least 700 W.

It is of course possible that Nvidia revises the data sheet of the product before its release.

GPU architecture Ada Lovelace: what’s new?

After the Turing architecture based on 12 nm engraving using TSMC’s FinFET process, introduced with the first RTX graphics cards (20 series), the Ampere architecture took over for the RTX 30 GPUs, based on a finesse of 8 nm etching developed by Samsung. The infidelity to TSMC did not last very long since Nvidia resumed business with the Taiwanese supplier for its Ada Lovelace architecture, which adopted a 4nm TSMC etching. This would make it possible to benefit from twice the energy efficiency of Ampere, that is to say that the GPUs can, for example, offer twice the performance for the same consumption, or offer the same performance when needed. half the energy.

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Along with the Ada Lovelace architecture, also comes the DLSS 3.0, an evolution of Nvidia’s renowned upscaling technology. This new version of DLSS, which allows us to remember to significantly increase in-game performance by calculating a lower native definition, then performing an upgrade to the target definition by artificial intelligence, is for the moment exclusive to the RTX 40. The DLSS 3 is indeed powered by the new fourth-generation Tensor cores and the Ada Lovelace architecture’s optical flow accelerator. By predicting the geometry and movement of a scene, DLSS 3 reconstructs seven-eighths of the total pixels displayed, resulting in a substantial gain in in-game frames per second.

Ada Lovelace also integrates the function of Shader Execution Reordering (SER). This technology makes better use of GPU resources by reorganizing shading workloads, improving efficiency and potentially tripling ray tracing performance, as well as increasing in-game framerate by up to 25%.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 and 4090: release date, price, technical sheet, all the info