Nvidia’s RTX 4090 graphics card is about to go on sale, and the latest spill around the GPU makes it look impressive on a number of fronts, including the launch stock volume.
This is all from a well-known YouTube-based leaker Moore’s law is dead (opens in new tab) (MLID), which first claims to have news from multiple sources on how much main GPU stock will be on shelves next Wednesday (October 12). As always, apply liberal flavor to what is essentially informed speculation here.
Anyway, the summary of sentiment conveyed is that there will be plenty of Lovelace flagship graphics card units, at least with major retailers (in the US), and even medium to smaller establishments should get a decent amount of stock in the first week. The RTX 4090 is apparently going to be a ‘very large’ release and compared to the Ampere, Nvidia will have around four to five times the volume of early flagship GPUs. Yes, so much.
MLID also shared information on the performance of the RTX 4090, gleaned from chats with reviewers, though the leaker obviously doesn’t go into detail. What it tells us is that generally the RTX 4090 is about 80% faster than the RTX 3090, but in some scenarios it’s faster than that; this is raster performance, i.e. standard graphics (not ray-traced). For ray tracing, expect higher gains, usually twice as fast as the RTX 3090.
The other main piece of positive spillover here is on the power front, with the claim that the RTX 4090 is much more stable and less prone to the sometimes heavy power spikes that high-end Ampere GPUs exhibit. The theory is that left at default levels (no overclocking), an RTX 4090 can probably be swapped directly into a PC with an RTX 3090 Ti with no issues, or even many RTX 3090 systems (take this with an extra spoon of skepticism, though). ).
Analysis: Reason for some optimism (but what about stocks outside the US?)
All of this is pretty exciting news for those with enough money to shell out for an RTX 4090. Talking about much better performance per Watt will go down well, remembering that this is Ampere-related. Let’s not kid ourselves that the RTX 4090 isn’t going to consume a lot of power, because we know for sure that it is, like a 450W TGP graphics card – before we consider what it might increase when pressed (but this will be less extreme power consumption spikes than than Ampere, according to MLID sources).
The shared performance numbers underline a previous leak, although they are a little more positive. We’ve previously heard that the RTX 4090 was almost, but not quite, 80% faster than its predecessor. So it looks like the GPU is sure to be 80% faster, which is, let’s face it, still a big gain, and faster than that in some cases, probably coming close to doubling performance, a feat Nvidia promised with rasterization. – but only with certain games. Of course, it’s not uncommon for a company to paint a new product in its most positive light; that’s just how marketing works.
As for stock levels, it’s interesting to know that theoretically there will be such a good amount of units available right off the bat. The RTX 4090 might not sell out on day one, apparently, that’s entry volume, and that’s definitely unusual for a GPU launch these days (the total cost of the flagship, of course, will limit the target audience ).
This is the US market now, so other regions like Europe might not be the same, and MLID notes that, as is often the case, it may take a week or so after launch before stock for the RTX 4090 arrives. outside the United States. MLID further points out that because third-party RTX 4090 cards are so big and beefy, the Founders Edition is more likely to fit into any PC case could mean there’s heavier demand for the Nvidia card – so this can be sell out fast on the first day.
We’ll see, but it’s certainly interesting that such a niche card – given the RTX 4090’s price – is released in such quantities, if that rumor is right, of course. If true, all that remains to be seen is what kind of demand Nvidia will attract in what is becoming a tougher climate for consumers as the weeks go by.