FP staffSeptember 21, 2022 17:43:08 IST
Nvidia has announced the next generation of its graphics cards and has also launched three new cards based on its next generation of graphics architecture. the new RTX 40 series it’s officially here and starts at $ 899 or Rs 72,000 converted.
At the top of the stack is the new RTX 4090. This huge new GPU features 16384 CUDA cores with boost clocks reaching up to 2.52 GHz. The card comes with 24 GB of GDDR6X memory and a 384-bit memory interface. Nvidia claims to be 2-4 times faster than the RTX 3090 Ti. The RTX 4090 is rated at 450W and works with a single 16-pin PCIe Gen 5 cable or 3 8-pin PCIe cables. It is priced at $ 1599 or Rs 1.28,000 converted and will be available starting October 12th.
Next, we have the RTX 4080, available in two variants. The more premium variant features 9728 CUDA cores and a 2.51 GHz boost clock. It has 16 GB of GDDR6X memory with a 256-bit interface. Nvidia claims to be 2-4 times faster than the RTX 3080 Ti.
Then there is also a second variant with 12 GB of GDDR6X memory and a 192-bit memory interface. This version has 7680 CUDA cores and a 2.61 GHz boost clock.
The 16GB model is rated at 320W and the 12GB model is 285W. They are priced at $ 1199 or Rs 96,000 converted and $ 899 or Rs 72,000 converted respectively and will be available in November.
The heart of these new graphics cards is the new GPU. Based on Nvidia’s new TSMC 4nm Ada Lovelace architecture, the new GPU features third generation RT cores, fourth generation Tensor Core, and support for new features such as DLSS 3 and AV1 encoder.
Compared to the 40 TFLOP shaders of the RTX 3090 Ti, the RTX 4090 has 83 TFLOPS. Thanks to the new Shader Execution Reordering, shader performance is said to improve by 2x and game frame rates by 25%. Nvidia also claims that RT performance on the RTX 4090 is around 191 TFLOPS while the RTX 3090 Ti was capable of reaching 78 TFLOPS. The new 4th generation Tensor cores are said to have 5x throughput on the RTX 4090.
One of the most impactful features announced was DLSS 3, which will be exclusive to the 40 series graphics cards. The new version uses an optical flow accelerator and sequential frame data to create new frames on the GPU itself (rather than on the game) to improve frame rates up to 4x. This method also avoids CPU bottlenecks that affect traditional image upsampling and reconstruction methods as frame rates increase.
The new 40 series models will replace the 3090 series of cards but will join the existing 3060, 3070 and 3080 series of cards, which will continue to be sold until at least 2023. The lower variants of the 40 series, such as the 4060 and 4070 will be much cheaper but will significantly improve over existing 30 series cards.
Nvidia will sell its Founders Edition cards for the 16GB RTX 4090 and RTX 4080, along with AIB partner models, such as Asus, Colorful, Gainward, Galaxy, Gigabyte, Inno3D, MSI, Palit, PNY and Zotac. Most of these cards feature a 3-4 slot design along with robust power requirements. The cards will have HDMI 2.1 and DisplayPort 1.4 connectivity.