Nvidia RTX 4090 graphics card is about to go on sale, and the latest leak about the GPU makes it look great on a number of fronts, including launch stock size.
All this from a well-known leaker on YouTube, Moore’s Law is dead (Opens in a new tab) (MLID), which claims first and foremost to have word from a number of sources about the amount of major GPU stock that will be on shelves next Wednesday (October 12). As always, apply liberal spice to what is essentially enlightened speculation here.
Anyway, the summary of sentiment conveyed is that there will be a lot of Lovelace flagships, at least with major (in the US) retailers, and even mid to smaller outlets will have a decent amount of stock within the first week. The RTX 4090 is clearly going to be a “very large” launch and compared to Ampere, Nvidia will have about four to five times the size of its primary GPUs. Yes, that much.
MLID also shared a word from the grapevine about the performance of the RTX 4090, gleaned from chats with reviewers, although the leaker obviously doesn’t go into any details. What he told us is that the RTX 4090 is generally about 80% faster than the RTX 3090, but in some scenarios it’s faster than that; This is raster rendering performance, which means standard graphics (non-rradiated). For ray tracing, expect bigger gains, in general speaking more than twice as fast as the RTX 3090.
The other major piece of positive spillover here is on the power front, with the RTX 4090 arguing being more stable, and less prone to the sometimes huge power spikes that high-end Ampere GPUs exhibit. The theory is that if left at default levels (without overclocking), the RTX 4090 will likely switch directly to a PC with an RTX 3090 Ti without problems, or indeed many RTX 3090 systems for that matter (take this with an extra spoonful of skepticism). , though).
Analysis: Reason for some optimism (but what about stocks outside the US?)
All this is very exciting news for those who have enough money to buy an RTX 4090. Talking about much better performance per watt will go down well, while remembering this for Ampere. Let’s not kid ourselves that the RTX 4090 won’t be power-hungry, because we know for sure that it is, as a 450W TGP graphics card – before we consider what it might go up to when pressed (but that’s going to be lower peak amp power consumption, according to sources MLID).
The performance numbers shared confirm a previous leak, although they are a bit more positive. Previously, we heard that the RTX 4090 was about 80%, but not quite, faster than its predecessor. So it looks like the GPU will definitely be 80% faster, which, let’s face it, is still a huge gain, faster than that in some cases, and potentially close to double the performance, a feat Nvidia promised a drip – but only with some games. Of course, it is not unusual for a company to paint a new product in its most positive light; This is how marketing works.
As for stock levels, it is interesting to hear that there will theoretically be such a good amount of units available immediately. The RTX 4090 may not go on sale on the first day, apparently, that’s the incoming size, which is certainly unusual for GPU launches these days (the colossal cost of the flagship, of course, will limit the target audience).
Now, this is the US market, so other regions like Europe may not be the same, and MLID notes that as it usually is, it could be a week or so after launch before RTX 4090 stock arrives outside the US. MLID makes another point that because third-party RTX 4090 boards are so large and essentially chunky, the Founders Edition is more likely to fit into any given PC case which could mean there’s more demand for Nvidia’s own card – so it can be sold fast at First day.
We’ll see, but it’s certainly interesting that such a niche card – given the price of the RTX 4090 – will come out in such quantities, if of course that rumor is true. If true, all that remains is the kind of demand that Nvidia will attract in what has become a harsher consumer climate as the weeks go by.