The Nvidia RTX 4090 – which might actually release as the RTX 5090 – looks to be a strong best graphics card contender, and it could shake up the gaming PC scene as we know it. While the green team is still focussing on its GeForce RTX 3000 series, the prospect of playing the latest Steam games on a GPU twice as fast as the RTX 3090 is undeniably exciting.
The idea of an Nvidia RTX 4090 might feel like a pipedream at the moment, as GPU and CPU shortages are still hampering rig upgrades across the globe. Thankfully, Nvidia looks set to ride the out of stock storm head-on, as it has already spent $10 billion securing RTX 4000 components. Availability is one thing, but increased demand has also led to rocketing GPU prices, and crypto mining enthusiasts are willing to pay a pretty penny.
If you’re planning on picking up a next-gen GPU, you’ll want to learn as much as you can about Nvidia’s next flagship graphics card. Since we’re a helpful bunch, we’ve been keeping our ear to the ground to pick up any RTX 4090 price, release date rumours, and spec information that’s rumbling around the rumour mill.
Here’s everything we know about the Nvidia RTX 4090 GPU:
Nvidia RTX 4090 price rumours
Nvidia hasn’t provided an official RTX 4090 price yet, but that hasn’t stopped predictions from pouring in. While you should take any word of any RTX 4000 MSRP with a grain of salt, YouTuber Graphically Challenged believes the 4090 could set you back $1,899 USD. For context, the current-gen RTX 3090 comes in at $1,499.00 USD, meaning you might have to fork out more for your next flagship graphics card.
It’s worth mentioning that Asus, Gigabyte, and EVGA RTX 4090 variants will likely cost significantly more, especially if current board partner price trends continue. At the moment, third-party RTX 3090 cards come in at over $2,000 USD, but there is evidence to suggest that GPUs are finally getting cheaper, so perhaps we’ll see some reasonable price tags attached to next-gen RTX models.
Nvidia RTX 4090 release date rumours
Thanks to release date rumours, it’s widely believed that Nvidia will unveil its RTX 4090 GPU this year, but the company hasn’t given us an official RTX 4000 release date. Typically, the green team releases a new graphics card architecture every two years, and the Ampere RTX 3000 series celebrates its second birthday in 2022. With this in mind, it’s not unreasonable to suggest that we might see RTX 4070. RTX 4080, and RTX 4090 cards pop up soon, and reliable insider information adds credibility to such claims.
— kopite7kimi (@kopite7kimi) May 16, 2022
According to industry insider Kopite7kimi, Nvidia Lovelace graphics cards like the RTX 4090 could show up “mid-July” this year. This suggests that the company could officially unveil its next-gen GPU lineup this summer, lining up nicely with events like Summer Game Fest.
Nvidia RTX 4090 specs rumours
Insider information from notable leaker Harukaze5719 suggests the RTX 4090 will use an AD102 GPU, featuring up to 71% more CUDA cores than the RTX 3000 series. While Nvidia’s fabrication is currently handled by Samsung, the company will reportedly switch to TSMC 5nm process nodes for its next-gen lineup.
Kopite7kimi, another notable leaker, has since revised these rumoured specs by stating the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 will instead contain 16,128 CUDA cores and aim to be around two times the power of the RTX 3090.
|Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090||Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090|
|CUDA cores||16,128 or 18,432||10,496|
|Ray tracing cores||144||82|
The RTX 4090 will also come armed with a 12-pin PCIe Gen 5 power connector, capable of delivering 600W over a single cable. Naturally, this means you’ll likely need to use an adapter to ensure compatibility, as most PSUs use a 6+2 pin configuration.
The rumour mill also claims an RTX 4090 Ti could be on the cards, and it might feature 46GB VRAM. According to Kopite7Kimi, Nvidia is testing a “full fat” GPU that requires two 16-pin power connectors paired with a 900W TDP, but the leaker says it’s not yet certain whether it’ll become an actual product.
Nvidia RTX 4090 benchmark rumours
As you’d expect, Nvidia is keeping its RTX 4090 specs under wraps, but leaks paint a picture of the GPU’s abilities. Sources close to Moore’s Law Is Dead say we can expect “at least double” performance compared to an RTX 3090, but we’ll need to get our hands on the card before knowing if this holds true.
As for the card’s computing capabilities, rumours suggest the RTX 4090 will smash the 100 teraflops ceiling, which might help it come out on top against the AMD Radeon RX 7900 XT. This will surely please anyone aiming to boost fps beyond current-gen limits, but reaching such great heights comes with power consumption caveats. The insider Greymon55 believes the AD102 chip could have a TGP range of 850W, something that may force enthusiasts to pick up a pricey PSU.