Nvidia RTX 4000 – release date rumours, price, specs, and benchmarks

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Nvidia RTX 4000 graphics cards are set to replace the current-gen GeForce RTX 3000 GPUs, and whispers suggest the green team could skip ahead and release an RTX 5000 series. Confusing, right? Well, to help you navigate the convoluted waters of PC gaming, we’ve compiled everything you need to know about the green team’s next-generation tech.

As much as the raw performance of team green’s RTX GPUs make them attractive to anyone looking to upgrade their gaming PC, it’s features like Nvidia Reflex and Nvidia DLSS that elevate the graphics cards above their Intel Arc Alchemist and AMD RDNA 3 competition. RTX 4000 cards will likely come armed with the same technologies, if not even more.

However, Nvidia isn’t content with simply cornering the desktop GPU market and has its sights set on the cloud too. The company’s Nvidia GeForce Now service currently provides up to RTX 3080 levels of performance to all manner of devices, such as low-spec PCs and smartphones (and not-so-smart-phones), via cloud streaming. Team green will undoubtedly update GeForce Now with RTX 4000 graphics cards at some point after their release to the public.

Here’s everything we know about the Nvidia RTX 4000 GPUs:

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Nvidia RTX 4000 release date speculation

Nvidia hasn’t yet announced an official release date, but there are rumours swirling and plenty of past trends we can use to speculate.

For the past decade, Nvidia has released a new consumer-grade microarchitecture every two years. Given that RTX 3000 Ampere graphics cards were released in 2020, it’s a safe bet that the company will release its new RTX 4000 GPUs this year.

Rumours suggest the RTX 4090, RTX 4080, and RTX 4070 next-gen graphics cards will arrive mid-July. It’s not yet confirmed when team green plans to release less powerful and less expensive RTX 4000 GPUs, like the RTX 4060 and RTX 4050 Ti, but this is very likely more a case of when rather than if. Whichever graphics card you decide to pick up, there should hopefully be plenty of stock available to buy, with Nvidia reportedly spending around $10 billion to secure RTX 4000 components from TSMC’s fabrication nodes.

Nvidia RTX 4000 price

It’s hard to remember a time when graphics card prices weren’t affected by the ongoing chip shortage, as well as unprecedented demand from both cryptocurrency miners and those looking to upgrade their gaming PC. Unfortunately, there has been no leaks or rumours on the price of Nvidia RTX 4000 GPUs, but we can look to the RTX 3000 and RTX 2000 cards for a ballpark estimate.

Both of Nvidia’s previous RTX graphics card generations have launched with a base price of $499 USD, with the RTX 2070 and RTX 3070 respectively. However, given the recent price hike in silicon wafers, it’s possible we may also see the MSRP of RTX 4000 GPUs increase by about 10% to $549 USD. However, we did see a slight decrease in price from the RTX 2060’s MSRP of $349 USD compared to the RTX 3060’s $329 USD.

A gaming PC featuring an Nvidia RTX GPU

Nvidia rtx 4000 specs

Nvidia is keeping the RTX 4000 specs under a well-guarded lock and key, but some key details have managed to slip out. Leaks suggest that graphics cards such as the RTX 4090 and RTX 4080, which will likely use the flagship AD102 GPU die, may feature up to 71% more CUDA cores than RTX 3000.

According to reliable leaker Kopite7kimi, an Nvidia RTX 4090 Ti that uses a “full fat” version of the AD102 GPU could be on the cards. The insider does specify that it’s unclear whether it’ll become an actual product, but the souped-up graphics card could come equipped with 46GB GDDR6 VRAM while requiring two 16-pin power connectors.

CUDA Cores L2 Cache
AD102 18,432 96MB
AD103 10,752 64MB
AD104 7,680 48MB
AD106 4,608 32MB
AD107 3,072 32MB

Unfortunately, the performance increase offered by high-end RTX 4000 graphics cards may require a hefty and expensive power supply. Reports indicate that components using the AD-102 may have a TGP of up to 900W.

Nvidia RTX 4000 benchmarks

No Nvidia RTX 4000 game or production benchmarks have leaked yet. Nonetheless, leakers claim that graphics cards like the GeForce RTX 4090 could double the performance of the RTX 3090 in both standard rasterisation and ray tracing.

In terms of computing power, the rumour mill says the RTX 4090 could smash the 100 teraflops ceiling, meaning surpass the capabilities of the RTX 3090 Ti.

However, ever higher levels of performance require ever higher levels of power draw. This is where the new PCIe Gen 5 interface comes into play, which was first seen on an RTX 3090 during Intel’s Innovation event. It can provide up to a staggering 600W of power to a graphics card but is also much more compact and less fiddly than the PCIe eight-pin power connectors we’ve become so accustomed to.