More than two years after the RTX 30 series was revealed, a new generation of graphics cards is finally here. Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang revealed the highly anticipated GeForce RTX 4090 and not one, but one two The various RTX 4080 variants during “Project Beyond” reveal the event that launched the 2022 GTC.
These graphics cards look pretty brutal, with the RTX 4090 stopping the RTX 3090 Ti stumbling in its wake. But while the performance of the next-generation GeForce GPUs promise to melt your face, the raw speeds are far from the only interesting aspect of this launch. Here are seven must-know facts from the RTX 4090 and RTX 4080 they reveal, from advances in ray tracing to the astonishingly high new label prices of Nvidia GPUs.
DLSS 3 and Lovelace big ray tracing improvements
Nvidia has clearly designed its new “Ada Lovelace” architecture for Scream Through ray tracing tasks. In essence, the GPU uses a new “shading execution rearrangement” to improve the rendering of traditional games by 25%, but ray-traced scenes will be 2-3 times faster. Outside of the shaded cores, new technologies introduced in the third generation of dedicated ray tracing devices inside Lovelace (such as Opacity Micro-Maps) also aim to significantly speed up ray tracing performance.
But Nvidia’s “RTX” push doesn’t rely on the brute force of ray tracing alone. Huang also revealed DLSS 3, which runs on a new generation of tensor cores and is designed to replace the forged 2nd generation version of Nvidia’s enhanced AI upgrade feature.
Whereas previous DLSS iterations used machine learning to create new pixels, allowing GeForce graphics cards to run games at lower resolutions (for higher performance) before upgrading them to fit your screen resolution, DLSS 3 creates brand-new frames for improved image quality. It’s not even necessary to display the pixels in those behind-the-scenes frames, which (Huang claims) allows DLSS 3 to dramatically speed up games even if they’re tied to the CPU rather than the GPU. Show Huang Microsoft Flight Simulator It works twice as fast with activating technology, and Cyberpunk 2077 movie It saw an even bigger increase, from about 22 fps with ray tracing in demo, then 100 fps with DLSS enabled. Stop.
The proof will be in the independent test pudding, but the eye-melting promise of real-time ray tracing may finally come true with the RTX 40 series.
The GeForce RTX 4090 is fast. Really fast.
Since this is a GTC – a developer-focused event – Huang didn’t delve much into traditional gaming performance, but it did spark some puzzling anecdotes. The RTX 4090 is twice as fast as the RTX 3090 Ti in traditional games like flight simulator; Three times faster in the new ray tracing version of outlet revealed in the advertisement. And four times faster in Nvidia’s “Racer X” X-ray tracing tech demo (which, to be fair, is probably optimal to take advantage of Lovelace’s biggest technological advances).
GeForce RTX 4090 is not for gamers
Much like the RTX 3090 before it, the RTX 4090 might technically be a GeForce-branded graphics card, but it’s not really for gamers. Alternatively, with its massive 24GB of GDDR6X memory and a whopping $1,599 price tag, it again seems like an absolute powerhouse for consumers who can power the GPU up during the day, then enjoy face-melting picture frames in games at night.
Again, however, we’ll need to wait for independent reviews to be sure. But there is no doubt that most gamers will be better off looking at the new duo of RTX 4080 options.
The 12GB and 16GB RTX 4080 has different GPUs and capabilities
Nvidia has revealed a pair of GeForce RTX 4080 offerings. One comes with 16GB of GDDR6X memory and starts at a whopping $1,199 — the same price as the last-generation RTX 3080 Ti. of. The 12GB RTX 4080, on the other hand, starts at $899.
There’s a huge pricing gap between the two models, but Huang didn’t get into technical differences between them, and didn’t even tease the gaming performance of the 4080 duo. Usually, identically-named GPUs only change in available memory capacity, but early rumors of the RTX 40 series suggest that The 12GB RTX 4080 might actually use a less powerful GPU and is very different from the 16GB model, despite the name being rocked. Let’s hope this isn’t true, because it’s a fiercely anti-consumer practice, but runaway pricing hints that it might be. stay tuned
Modernization: The Nvidia website included some specifications for the RTX 4080 models, which you can see above. There is already a huge difference not only in the capabilities of the GPU and memory capacity, but also in the memory bandwidth, as 12 GB 4080 uses a much narrower memory interface.
The RTX 40 series is much more expensive
Now for some bad news. Concerns about the higher price points of the RTX 40 series proved accurate. The RTX 4090 starts at $1,599, which is a $99 premium over the RTX 3090. The 16GB GeForce RTX 4080 costs $1,199, the same as the RTX 3080. to and amazing 400 dollars more From $700 RTX 3080. Finally, the price of the mysterious 12GB RTX 4080 starts at $899, a $200 increase over its predecessor.
GeForce RTX 4090 was launched on October 12th. Availability of the RTX 4080 duo is unknown.
RTX 30 series still stuck
The RTX 40 series may be here, but Huang said the RTX 30 series will remain at more popular price points. It makes sense – the fall of cryptocurrency means GPU makers are currently sitting in warehouses full of unsold graphics cards. But the prices for this new RTX 40 series injuryAnd, if the RTX 4090 and 4080 don’t come out of the gate swinging too hard, unsold RTX 30-series GPUs and used graphics cards could be a much better value. we will see.
AMD’s RDNA3 Counter Punch Will Be Available Soon
Finally, while Nvidia beat AMD with the launch of this new generation of GPUs, the Radeon antivirus isn’t far behind. Just hours before Jensen Huang’s keynote, Radeon President Scott Herkelmann tweeted this AMD’s Next Generation RDNA3 Radeon Cards Will Be Revealed On November 3while Sam Nafziger, AMD Technology Architect, wrote a blog post touting RDNA3’s massive efficiency improvements — a direct snapshot of the supposedly high power levels that Nvidia’s RTX 40 series requires to run at full speeds.
It’s been bleak years for PC gamers, but now cryptocurrency is collapsing, supply chain issues are ending, and we have a fierce battle for next-generation GPU supremacy. Giddy – and start saving those pennies. These prices high.