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NVIDIA announced their latest graphic cards, GeForce RTX 4090 and 4080. NVIDIA boasts vast improvements in performance.
Ada Lovelace: the future is now
This new GPU generation relies on a new architecture, codename “Ada Lovelace”. According to NVIDIA, this architecture provides double the performance compared to the previous one, Ampere, including when it comes to raytracing and AI.
To achieve this, NVIDIA was helped by semiconductor manufacturing and design company TSMC, who produced the chips using a 4nm process. This allowed NVIDIA to pack 76 billion transistors on their new GPUs, compared to 28 on the most powerful Ampere GPUs, which used a 8nm process.
On the software side, Ada Lovelace also features DLSS 3, the latest generation of the image enhancement and upscaling technology developed by NVIDIA. DLSS 3 should provide a 2 to 4 times in-game framerate increase. Of course, this performance boost will require game studios to integrate DLSS 3 in their games.
For more information about DLSS 3, you can check out this dedicated page.
In order to showcase the increased performance of Ada Lovelace, NVIDIA will launch Racer RTX next November, a racing game created with Omniverse that includes real-time raytracing and physics (rigid bodies, cloth).
This new generation of GPUs also features an updated version of NVENC (Nvidia Encoder). This will improve AV1 video encoding and decoding, for example when using a video editing software: exports will be faster, and performance is increased when using high resolution RAW video in the timeline without proxies.
La GeForce RTX 4090 se dévoile
NVIDIA unveiled the GeForce RTX 4090, a GPU featuring 24GB of memory, 16.384 CUDA cores. According to NVIDIA, the 4090 is “2 to 4 times faster than a 3090 TI”.
This is of course quite promising, but we will have to wait for real-life benchmark to check these numbers, especially when it comes to creative tools such as render engines.
The GeForce RTX 4090 will be launched October 12 and should cost around $1600.
GeForce RTX 4080
NVIDIA also announced the GeForce RTX 4080, which will be “2 to 4 times as fast as a 3080 TI”. Two different versions will be launched in November: the first one with 16GB of memory and 9.728 CUDA cores ($1200), and another with 12GB of memory, 7.680 CUDA cores ($900).
Given the differences between these two versions, it is a little bit surprising that NVIDIA did not give them different names.
We will of course discuss these GPUs in further details very soon, when they are launched.