After much anticipation, Nvidia has finally released its 40 series GPUs. At the GTC 2022 keynote, they unveiled their new GPUs, GeForce RTX 4090 and GeForce RTX 4080. These GPUs take full advantage of Nvidia’s new graphic architecture “Ada Lovelace” and provide much better ray tracing performance than their predecessors. Nvidia collaborated with the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company to develop a new fabrication process known as “4N,” which they claim is significantly better and is up to two times more power efficient than the 8nm technology that was used in previous models.
In addition to the improved ray tracing and new architecture, Nvidia has also included a new rendering technique called Shader Execution Reordering and DLSS 3.0. Nvidia has claimed that the new ray tracing feature will be significantly better and can be clearly recognized in most graphics-heavy games as compared to the performance given by previous modules. A demo was run on Cyberpunk 2077, which is one of the most graphically intense games, and it performed at 100 frames per second at maximum settings.
The new GPUs, GeForce RTX 4090 and GeForce RTX 4080, go on sale from October 12th and will be priced at $1599 and $899, respectively. Compared to the GeForce 3090 Ti, Nvidia claims that the RTX 4090 is two to four times faster while consuming the same power. It also comes with 16,384 CUDA cores clocked at a base speed of 2.23GHz.
The RTX 4080, which starts at $899, comes in a 12GB GDDR6X memory variant and a 16GB memory variant. The 16GB version boasts 9,728 CUDA Cores clocked at 2.21 GHz. Comparatively, the 12GB version features 7,680 CUDA Cores.
This new line of 40 series GPUs is definitely a game changer, features groundbreaking technology from NVIDIA, and is a definite upgrade.