NVIDIA GeForce RTX 40 series now official, better performance and more power hungry

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After months of anticipation, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 40 series have officially made its debut at GTC 2022. The RTX 40 series makes a couple of advancements from the RTX 30 series by using the new Ada Lovelace GPU based on a 4nm lithography from TSMC for better performance and more GDDR6X RAM. NVIDIA is raising the power ceiling of the cards for additional oomph with the flagship NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 reaching a 660W TGP.

NVIDIA will initially offer three cards: the GeForce RTX 4090, RTX 4080 16GB, and RTX 4080. The three will sport different models of Ada Lovelace GPU, GDDR6X VRAM, and a default TGP of 450W, 340W, and 285W, respectively.

TGP can be increased up to 660W, 5126W, and 366W, respectively, depending on the AIB and what kind of performance they are aiming for. NVIDIA says that despite the increase in power requirements, Ada GPUs can deliver twice the performance over Ampere at the same power level.

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The Ada architecture promises up to 3x ray tracing performance compared to last generation thanks to Shader Execution Reordering (SER) to improve execution efficiency and better utilize GPU resources. Performance and picture quality is further bolstered by DLSS 3 that can predict and generate new frames instead of just pixels.

NVIDIA GeForce 40 Series

Model NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 24GB NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 16GB NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 12GB
GPU AD102-300 AD103-300 AD104-400
Architecture Ada Lovelace
Manufacturing Process TSMC 4nm
Boost Clock 2520MHz 2505MHz 2610MHz
CUDA Cores 16,384 9,728 7,680
SM 128 76 60
RT Cores 144 84 60
Tenso Cores 576 336 240
Memory 24GB GDDR6X 16GB GDDR6X 12GB GDDR6X
Memory Bus Width 384-bit 256-bit 192-bit
Memory Speed 1008 GB/s 736 GB/s 504 GB/s
Default TGP 450W 340W 285W
Max TGP 660W 516W 366W

Price and Availability

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 is priced at USD 1,599 (PhP 92,000) and will retail starting October 12, 2022. The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 16GB will retail at USD 1,199 (PhP 69,000) while its 12GB version will be priced at USD 899 (PhP 52,000). Both RTX 4080 will hit store shelves starting November 2022.

NVIDIA has not announced any of the lower variants of the RTX 40 series like the RTX 4070 and RTX 4060. We expect that they will unveil them soon or sometime within Q4 2022.

No word yet about pricing in the Philippines. We should hear about local pricing and availability soon as the cards hit global shelves.