Performance beast…and consumption

Nothing is stopping Nvidia in its race for power, not even the consumption of its cards.

Although recent rumors about the matter were ultimately proven untrue, most observers are still expecting Nvidia to unveil Lovelace, the next generation of graphics cards, before the end of the year. And according to famous insider @kopite7kimi, we can expect real war machines.

Recently, an interested party posted on Twitter a benchmark score for the RTX 4090 receiver which will fall at the top of the range. It claims that this card can achieve a score of 19,000 in Time Spy Extreme, a graphics performance benchmark applied to games that is part of the 3DMark suite.

If these numbers are correct, the 4090 will unsurprisingly win the title of the most powerful graphics card on the market. For reference, according to many hardware watchers, that’s nearly double the score of the RTX 3090 Founder’s Edition! According to Gizmodo, it’s 30% more expensive than the EVGA RTX 3090 Ti Kingpin Edition, a graphics card monster cooled… with liquid nitrogen.

Super strong… and delicious ever

Always take these isolated standards with a grain of salt; But these numbers anyway seem more reasonable than expectations that blossomed last fall, and then again this spring. In fact, some insiders claimed that this card would be 2.5-3 times faster than the RTX 3090, which sounded too good to be true.

In any case, a score close to +100% in the TSE would already be impressive; Remember that, as a rule, the total strength of cards increases by 15-25% per generation according to many criteria that have been implemented since then. For example, Nvidia improved the power of the RTX 3080 by about 23% compared to the RTX 2080. The latter itself was about 18% faster than the GTX 1080.

On the other hand, this result should be determined by looking at the energy performance of the monster. Not all tech gamers fully agree on the exact numbers, but they do agree on one point: these cards will have a massive appetite, far exceeding any other consumer GPU to date.

For the future RTX 4090 Ti, Hardware Times, for example, mentions an outright surreal TDP about… 800 watts ! On the side of Tom’s Hardware and Gizmodo, we’re talking more about 450 watts for the RTX 3090 standard. But the result is still the same: it will cost a lot more to use the 40X0 generation than any other card to date.

Pivotal generation in the GPU market

It will be interesting to see how the competition responds. The new AMD Radeon 7000 cards should also be revealed at the same time, that is, by the end of the year. And the orange team can have a real card to play if they can make more reasonable products at that level.

We should also mention the gradual arrival of Arc series graphics cards produced by Intel. Even if it’s still pretty hard to know exactly what to expect with Team Blue’s fantastic return to the segment, these are things that promise to be particularly innovative on several levels.

Intel privately hinted that it will pay special attention to the power budget of its cards. The clearer the access of future generations becomes, the wiser this philosophy appears. So it will be interesting to see what this first generation will be able to do in terms of raw performance, but also to note how each of these actors will position themselves in this new trio.

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