With the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series being an immense success, PC enthusiasts are now looking to the future with the RTX 4000 Series GPU, but we're all keen to know exactly what price we could be looking at.
The RTX 4000- or RTX 40 Series - is the predicted next in line to wow us, and given the power gap between the 30 and 20 Series, we'd expect a similar performance increase for the RTX 40...and a bit of a price spike too.
Interestingly, recent reports and rumours suggest that the RTX 4000 series could be skipped altogether, meaning that we could see a jump straight to the RTX 5000, but since the card is not officially confirmed anyway, we'll take these with a pinch of salt...
Here's all the latest rumours, speculation, and predictions surrounding the RTX 4000 line of GPUs.
RTX 4000 Series Price
Much like the previous lines of NVIDIA GPUs, we'd expect NVIDIA to launch a collection of GPUs at different price points. This would likely include the RTX 4080, 4070 and 4060.
Despite its likely improved specs, the RTX 40 Series could launch at the same price point as its predecessors. Both the RTX 2080 and RTX 3080 cost $699 at launch, for example. Given that, here's what the RTX 40 Series could cost:
- GeForce RTX 4060: $329
- GeForce RTX 4070: $499
- GeForce RTX 4080: $699
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Of course, NVIDIA may choose to change its prices for the next line of GPUs. Given last years' component shortage and any other unexpected costs that could drive the price up further.
That being said, according to Hardware Times, Nvidia has paid billions to chip manufacturer TSMC in order to reserve enough capacity to try and cope with demand.
If they have managed to secure enough supply, then we may not be looking at such huge price spike as a result of scalpers.
There are even suggestions that Nvidia may included anti-mining drivers, which would perhaps dissuade some people from buying the card in abundance. And don't forget, that Intel is heading into the graphics card market with the upcoming Arc Alchemist GPUs, aso that could play a role in setting the prices too.
Watch this space, as we've got our ear to the ground for any updates.
RTX 4000 Series Release Date
When it comes to the RTX 4000 release date, we're still waiting for something more concrete, but there are rumours that we may see the card release around September.
A recent tweet from renowned leaker kopite7kimi has now suggested an 'early Q3' release however, which could suggest we could see cards as early as July, as opposed to later in the quarter.
A report from the DigiTimes was referenced by another Twitter user going by the name of RetiredEngineer. This article also mentions an anticipated release in 2022. And, kopite7kimi is anticipating the 4090, 4080 and 4070 GPUs to all arrive in Q3 of 2022. If correct, this would mean a potential release window of July to September.
However, a recent report from WCCFTech has suggested that Nvidia may have pushed back the release date for the RTX 4090 to October 2022, as opposed to September, with the other cards following through on a month-by-month basis until the RTX 4060 is launched at CES 2023 in January.
VideoCardz has concurred with the WCCFTech report that suggests the release date for the RTX 4000 series cards has been pushed back by a month. Their justification for doing so is that Nvidia may wish to sell as many RTX 3000 series cards as possible before the new ones get launched.
According to Moore's Law Is Dead, the anticipated window for the RTX 4000 series stock to become available has been pushed back even further to December where it was previously anticipated to be October.
This is reportedly because there is now an excess supply of RTX 3000 series cards they need to sell, which retailers are worried they may not turn a profit on. With that being said however, MLID has noted that the announcement date may not be affected, but the actual date you'll be able to get your hands on a card. If Nvidia launches the cards too soon, then it may well put retailers in a difficult position where they're promoting the release of new cards while still having a large excess of older stock on discount.
In line with this, a new leak from Greymon55 has suggested that the RTX 4090 may be the only RTX 4000 series card to launch in 2022, with the others following in 2023. When in 2022 remains to be seen, although the general consensus is now between October and December, according to the current crop of leaks.
According to kopite7kimi, the RTX 4000 cards have recently begun internal and external testing, which would lineup with if partners got their samples last summer, ahead of an autumn 2022 release. Fingers crossed it goes well and everything remains on schedule.
Intriguingly, Nvidia has reportedly pulled the RTX 3080 12GB model from production as the card has stopped being sent to board partners (via Zed_Wang). It's worth noting that Nvidia has been able to offer the RTX 3000 series cards at retail price in recent days, and maybe more cards could be pulled in future, although this is of course just speculation.
Team Green has also reportedly scaled back the amount of 5nm chips they'll be ordering from manufacturer TSMC to avoid there being an excess of cards, given the worldwide cost of living crisis and a general decline in PC gaming interest, as well as the crash in cryptocurrencies, which therefore may result in lower demand (via VideoCardz).
TSMC has reportedly stated that Nvidia can't change their order, given they've gone all-in with the chip manufacturer, having dropped Samsung, but TSMC could delay the shipment by a quarter, which may suggest a further push-back in the RTX 4000 series release date.
In addition, according to Appuals, Nvidia has registered several GPUs with the ECC, or Eurasian Economic Commission, which provides an indiciation as to which GPUs are potentially in line for release. The most notable of these concerns the RTX 4050 Ti, which would be a boosted version of the standard RTX 4050. Nvidia didn't release a Ti variant of the 3050, so it looks like we could be getting one more card.
This is indicative, of course, of the leaks that surround the potential release date of any hardware, so until we hear anything official from Nvidia, we'd say to take this all with a pinch of salt.
RTX 4000 Series Specs
When it comes to the specs themselves, again, we're looking at a slight mystery for now, but we can make some informed predictions based on what we know so far...
If a number of leaks are to be believed we could be looking at the following:
- 12 Graphics Processing Clusters
- 18432 CUDA Cores
- 96MB L2 cache
- Potentially up to 92 Teraflops of compute performance
- 2.5GHz clock speed
In a general sense, the RTX 4080 and 4090, according to leakers, are expected to feature 71% more CUDA cores than their predecessors, that is, if they are based on Nvidia's most powerful AD102 dyes.
ISpeaking of the flagship AD102 chips, the RTX 4080 and 4090, according to leakers, are expected to feature 71% more CUDA cores than their predecessors, that is, if they are based on Nvidia's most powerful AD102 dyes.
Reliable leaker kopite7kimi had noted that the highest-end Nvidia RTX 4000 GPUs based on the AD102 dyes may be set to smash the 100 teraflops barrier to provide competition to AMD's upcoming Radeon RX 7000 series in what he's called an all-out 'gaming war'.
kopite7kimi has also floated the idea that there is allegedly a card in development based on the 'full fat' AD102 dye, complete with 900W TGP and 48GB DDR6 VRAM.
If this is the case, it would make sense for it to be the RTX 4090 Ti, given these specs are doubly powerful than what we believe the top-end RTX 4090 to be, although it's worth noting that, according to the leaker, 'no one knows whether it will become an actual product' due to its double 16 pin power connectors. We can remain hopeful.
Recently. specs for the purpoted RTX 4090 Ti card have leaked, according to kopite7kimi, and it looks to back up their previous leaks concerning a potential 'beast' of a card, although with some revisions. It's expected to come complete with a 800W TDP, alongside 48GB DDR6 VRAM with a speed of 24Gbps.
Intriguingly, kopite7kimi has also noted that the RTX 4000 series of cards may well stick with PCIe Gen 4.0 support, as opposed to going with PCIe Gen 5.0, which may be from the standpoint of practicality.
A recent leak from kopite7kimi has provided a new set of specs for the RTX 4090 that put it as being double the power of a 3090. His Tweet suggests the card will have 450W TDP which is a step down in power consumption from the long-rumoured claims of Nvidia's top-end card pulling 600W or more.
In addition, it should have 24GB of GDDR6X VRAM with a speed of 21Gbps, which is exactly the same as an RTX 3090 Ti, and a shader count of 16,128 represents a large increase over Nvidia's current top-end cards.
Speaking of the RTX 4090, kopite7kimi recently noted that the clock speed of Nvidia's top-end card could be set to get even closer to the elusive 3GHz mark. They've highlighted in a recent specs roundup that its base clock may be 2235 MHz, with a possible boost up to 2750 MHz. For reference, the 3090 Ti has a base clock of 1670MHz with a boost of 1860MHz, respectively.
According to XpeaGPU, an AD102 GPU has been spotted running the 2019 game Control in benchmarks and has achieved 160fps at 4K with Ray Tracing on, which is double that of the RTX 3090's FPS, offering more evidence to the claim that the new AD102 card will be doubly powerful than the existing 3090.
On the point of benchmarks and power, kopite7kimi has noted that both the RTX 4080 and RTX 4070 have been spotted in actual hardware being benchmarked with 3DMark Time Spy. Within the benchmarks, the 4080 netted a purported score of over 15,000, which would put it as being 50% better than its predecessor, while the 4070 managed one over 10,000, which is as powerful as a 3090 and 50% faster than the RTX 3070.
Speaking of cards being more powerful, kopite7kimi has noted that the AD104 SKU, referring to the RTX 4070 will reportedly be able to 'easily match' the RTX 3090 Ti in terms of performance, which would make it seriously capable if true.
With that being said, kopite7kimi has revised his information when it comes to the CUDA core count of the RTX 4080 down to 9,728 from the previously expected 10,248. Everything else within their leaks roundup has remained the same, however.
kopite7kimi has also noted that the RTX 4060 supposedly consumes more power than the RTX 3070, which could potentially lead to a TDP of 250W or more, which is a large jump for any -60 series card, and could make it quite the beefy choice.
On the point of TDP and power usage, kopite7kimi has also noted that the RTX 4080 could nearly pull as much power as an RTX 3090 Ti with a potential TDP of 420W. For reference, the RTX 3090 Ti features a TDP of 450W, whilst the current-gen RTX 3080 pulls 320W.
kopite7kimi has recently updated his predictions for the power consumption figures of the new RTX 4000 series cards. The top-end AD102 dye is expected to feature 800W of power delivery, whilst the AD103 desktop chip is slated to pull 450W, alongside the AD104's 400 watts, and AD106's 260W.
kopite7kimi has also noted the RTX 4090 may well reach the 100 TFLOP barrier in terms of performance with a clock speed of 2.8GHz, which reiterates the potentially serious power of these new RTX 4000 cards.
Speaking of updated predictions, reliable leaker kopite7kimi recently updated his expectations for the specs of the new RTX-4000 series cards which dials back previous leaks, and provides the first full set of specs we'd seen for the RTX 4080 - you can check it out below:
We've also seen a leaked design for the RTX 4090Ti Founders Edition which looks to retain the same dual-axial fan design as previous Founder's Edition cards, as well as a metal frame, thanks to a poster on the Chiphell forum (via VideoCardz). You can check out the alleged design below:
In addition, Moore's Law Is Dead claims to have received renders of the RTX 4090 Ti Founders Edition that are allegedly based on an engineering sample. The card looks to be thicker than its predecessor, which may be to account for its higher TDP. You can check out the alleged render below:
Will RTX 4000 have Anti Mining Drivers?
Aside from the performance differences, we could see NVIDIA implement anti-mining drivers into the RTX 40 Series, as mentioned. These cryptocurrency mining restrictions currently only exist in the RTX 3060, which launched after the other RTX 30 Series GPUs.
Designed to prevent users from mining Ethereum on its GeForce RTX cards, time will tell whether NVIDIA includes this restriction in every upcoming GPU it creates. With stock shortages meaning fewer gamers can get their hands on a new GeForce GPU, NVIDIA may be keen to push miners away from its gaming-focused cards.
However, this doesn't mean NVIDIA wants to lock miners out completely. With the launch of its NVIDIA CMP (crypto mining processor) the company looks to at least want to free up more GeForce RTX 30 Series GPUs for gamers.