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NVIDIA introduced the GeForce RTX 40 line, which so far includes only the RTX 4090 and two variants of the RTX 4080. The new products are based on the Ada Lovelace architecture and are made using TSMC’s 4nm process technology. According to NVIDIA, video cards provide a huge performance boost compared to the RTX 30. In particular, performance in shader processing has increased by 2 times, in tasks using RT cores – by 2.8 times, and the energy efficiency of new products has improved by almost 2 times .
At the start of the generation, NVIDIA is focusing on the high-end category, so for now only RTX 4090 and RTX 4080 graphics cards are presented. In the future, of course, RTX 4070, RTX 4060 and other options will appear, but now the focus is on demonstrating the capabilities of the Ada Lovelace architecture.
So, the main technical characteristics of the RTX 4090 and RTX 4080:
|RTX 4090||RTX 4080 (16 GB)||RTX 4080 (12 GB)|
|Number of CUDA Cores||16384||9728||7680|
|Number of shader cores||128||76||60|
|GPU clock (in Boost state)||2520 MHz||2505 MHz||2640 MHz|
|Amount of memory (type)||24 GB (GDDR6X)||16 GB (GDDR6X)||12 GB (GDDR6X)|
|Bus speed||384 bit||256 bit||192 bit|
||1008 GB/s||736 GB/s||504 GB/s|
|Power consumption||450 W||340 W||285 W|
|Price (Founders Edition)||$1499||$1199||$899|
NVIDIA notes that the RTX 4080 with 12 GB of memory should be the ideal option for most gamers, as it offers the best of the latest Ada Lovelace architecture. The effective throughput is just over half of what you can get with the RTX 4090, but for the vast majority of gamers, this will be more than enough.
Ada Lovelace — is the name of the latest NVIDIA graphics architecture used in the GeForce RTX 40 series graphics cards. This architecture provides a significant performance boost over Ampere. The company says the new lineup of GPUs delivers up to 83 TFLOPS of processing power for PC gaming, double that of RTX 30 cards.
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