Gaming enthusiasts worldwide are tingling with excitement after Nvidia announced that we are less than a month away from seeing its latest GPU in the public domain. Rumours of Nvidia creating the RTX 4090 have circulated around technology websites and gaming forums for months. Those rumours are now proven true, with October 12 being the release date of the new enthusiast-level graphics cards.
The RTX 4090 launches two years after the RTX 3090 hit the shelves, and it is fair to say its specifications and performance blow the current flagship graphics card out of the water. Nvidia claims the RTX 4090 should be at least twice as fast but up to four times as fast as the RTX 3090. While that leap in performance is not needed by people enjoying themselves at the Mybookie online sports betting site, those involved in video editing or who love nothing more than playing AAA gaming titles with the highest resolution graphics will be tripping over themselves to get their hands on the next-gen of Nvidia GPUs.
Nvidia CEP Jensen Huang Introduces the Next-Gen GPUs
Jensen Huang, the Chief Operating Officer of Nvidia, spoke at the GeForce Beyond: Special Broadcast at GTC. Here, he introduced the world to the new RTX 4090.
“The age of RTX ray tracing and neural rendering is in full stream, and our new Ada Lovelace architecture takes it to the next level. Ada provides a quantum leap for gamers and paves the way for creators of fully simulated worlds. With up to 4x the performance of the previous generation, Ada is setting a new standard for the industry.”
Huang is not wrong because the specifications for the RTX 4090 are quite staggering. First, there are 76 billion transistors, up from 28.3 billion in the RTX 3090. The RTX 4090 boasts 16,384 CUDA cores, up from 10,752 of the previous-gen model. On paper, at least, the next-gen of Nvidia GPUs stand head and shoulders above anything else on the market. Their rivals over at AMD have some serious catching up to do, especially as their current flagship models are not a patch on the GeForce 30 series cards.
New Cards Come With DLSS 3
Nvidia users are fans of the DLSS feature the company’s cards have as standard. DLSS stands for Deep Learning Super Sampling and is technology that uses artificial intelligence to render games at a lower native resolution but then upscales them to your display’s resolution. DLSS makes it possible to experience frame rates you would find at a lower resolution but much higher fidelity.
The RTX 4090 comes with DLSS 3, the latest version of Nvidia’s fantastic technology. Nvidia showed a video of Cyberpunk 2077, a game that is notorious for being graphically demanding even with the best GPUs around. The video shows the game running at 4K resolution and at approximately 22 frames per second. However, with DLSS 3 activated, the same section of the game runs at more than 100 frames per second. Be aware, not all current games support the new version of DLSS.
Nvidia also showcased a new RTX version of the puzzle game classic, Portal. The company created a mod using the “RTX Remaster” feature, and it is fair to say the results are incredible. The original Portal footage looks superb, but the RTC Remaster version is something else, with textures featuring unparalleled detail and real-time ray tracing lighting effects across the board. Gamers are in for a real treat if this is the level of detail developers can create with the new cards.
The RTX 4090 hits the shelves on October 12, priced at $1,599. Two versions of the RTX 4080 are available from November, priced at $1,199 and $899, respectively.