Nvidia stuck to high-end merchandise for its product GeForce RTX 40 Series Announcedrevealing the next generation of graphics cards with only the first edition RTX 4090 and two flavors of RTX 4080. All of them will soon be available in varying degrees of price hikes over the course of the year. RTX 3090 And the RTX 3080, although Nvidia reckons the 40 Series’ signature performance improvements and Ada Lovelace architecture will make them a worthwhile investment. Especially with the help of DLSS 3, a new and greatly updated version of Nvidia DLSS upscaler that will only work with RTX 40 GPUs at launch.
In fact, while the next generation of AMD RDNA 3 Series / Radeon RX 7000 GPUs will obviously focus on efficiency improvements, with the RTX 4090 and RTX 4080 both revolving around power boosting and AI-assisted performance tricks. Personally, I still hope that members of the RTX 40 family will be less financially devastated – GPUs like RTX 3060 Ti And the RTX 3070 still some of The best graphics cards You can buy — but for now, here’s everything you need to know about cards confirmed so far.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 40 Series Prices
This may quickly get out of the way, as the pricing for the RTX 40 series (so far) is kind of worth it:
- RTX 4080 12 GB: £949 / $899
- RTX 4080 16 GB: £1269 / $1199
- RTX 4090: £1679 / $1,599
…yes. For comparison, the RTX 3080 launched at £649 / $699, while the RTX 3090 costs $1,400 / $1,500, and since these are Nvidia’s starting prices, it’s likely that most of the board’s partner versions will set you back more. The RTX 4090 and the 16GB version of the RTX 4080 will have Founders Edition models built by Nvidia, which will sell for the above prices, but the cheaper 12GB RTX 4080 could easily break the £1,000/$1,000 line via partner cards like we would.
Speaking of, Asus, Colorful, Gainward, Galaxy, Gigabyte, Inno3D, MSI, Palit, PNY and Zotac produce their own RTX 40 series models. No EVGA, mind, who are they Completely kill the graphics cardciting non-cooperative practices by Nvidia.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 40 Series Release Dates
The RTX 4090 will go on sale on October 12, 2022; This is hopeful, for anyone who wants to drop cash right away, it’s less than a tough launch day From RTX 3080 When it sold out in seconds in 2020.
There is no exact release date for the RTX 4080 at the time of writing, although Nvidia says that both the 12GB and 16GB versions will be released in November. If you have an RTX 4070 and/or RTX 4060 running, don’t expect them any longer.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 40 Series Specifications
As it happens, calling two 12GB and 16GB RTX 4080s versions of the same GPU isn’t technically accurate: the 12GB model is based on a different Ada Lovelace core chip, the Nvidia AD104, to the 16GB RTX 4080 and its AD103 processor. You can see in this specs table how the two compare in full, along with the AD102-based RTX 4090.
|RTX 4080 12GB||RTX 4080 16GB||RTX 4090 24 GB|
|GPU||M 104||M 103||M 102|
|increase the clock||2.61 GHz||2.51 GHz||2.52 GHz|
|memory interface||192 bit||256 bit||384 bit|
|Memory bandwidth||557 GB/sec||742 GB/sec||1018 GB/sec|
|Energy consumption||285W||320 watts||450 watts|
|PSU . requirements||700 watts||750 watts||850 watts|
|PSU . Communications||2x 8 pins||3x 8 pins||3x 8 pins|
There are clearly some significant differences between the 12GB and 16GB RTX 4080s that extend well beyond the amount of memory they got in the ol’ noggin. And it’s not just prices that creep in, as the RTX 4090 now has the same quoted power usage and PSU wattage requirements as the mighty RTX 3090 Ti – Though, if you already have an RTX 3080 and buy a 750W PSU, you don’t need to upgrade the latter for any of the RTX 4080s.
In terms of upgrades, Ada Lovelace looks like a major architectural advance over the Ampere design for the RTX 30 series. The RT and Tensor cores (which enable ray tracing and machine learning/artificial intelligence tools like DLSS, respectively) have been redesigned to be faster and more efficient. You also get more than you get in Ampere, and the CUDA core counts — think of these as the backbone cores for running everyday games — are higher across the board.
The RTX 40 series won’t benefit from PCIe 5.0 slots on next-generation motherboards, and Nvidia says PCIe 4.0 can still provide cards with ample bandwidth. That’s fine – even with the imminent launch of AMD Ryzen 7000 CPUs and chipsets, support for PCIe 5.0 graphics on motherboards has become the norm for several years. The RTX 4090 and RTX 4080s will work in the PCIe 3.0 slots of older mobos as well.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 40 Series Features
Faster, more cores are welcome, but if the RTX 40 series is worth the money, it will likely be thanks to the big feature upgrades.
The most interesting is DLSS 3. If you are not already familiar, DLSS in its current form (the latest version is 2.4) improves performance in games by displaying each frame at a lower resolution, thus using less horsepower. It then applies custom upscaling and smoothing — both created by Nvidia to teach an AI algorithm how to produce the best images — to make each frame look like your screen’s original resolution. It’s great, most of the time, and DLSS 3 takes it a long step further by inserting new frames entirely created by AI between each of the “real” rendered frames.
In theory, this should result in starkly better frames-per-second gains than could have been produced by previous DLSS versions. Every frame could be nicer overall, too: Ada Lovelace’s architecture includes a new “Optical Flow Accelerator” that aims to reduce noise on objects when the camera is in motion. This is a rare but ugly weakness for upgraders like DLSS and AMD FSRBy combining this optical flow engine with motion vectors (data from surrounding frames that show how the image changes between them), DLSS 3 promises to make upgraded games look sharper and clearer.
Disadvantages? One is that only a fraction of games that support (or will support) older DLSS versions will support it. DLSS 3 . support like that. Creating new frames also increases input lag, which can be partially balanced with it Nvidia Reflex But it may harm the usefulness of DLSS 3 in competitive scenarios. Finally, DLSS 3 is so reliant on this new optical flow accelerator that older GeForce RTX GPUs, such as the RTX 30 series and RTX 20 series, won’t be able to use the new upgrade tool once it’s released along with the new cards. Nvidia isn’t ruling out making DLSS 3 eventually available for all RTX GPUs, as it has in previous versions, although it will take some engineering on its end. In short, it’s an RTX 40 series exclusive for now.
Ray tracing is also getting an upgrade, specifically in how Ada Lovelace GPUs are crunching the numbers on their ray tracing graphics rendering. I don’t think I can explain this without getting a little carried away, but bear with me.
Therefore, graphics processors perform best when they perform a lot of similar tasks in a row; It is faster, for example, to draw an object with many states of repeating texture than if it had fewer textures, but is more diverse and unique. Kind of like how solid state drives They are faster when reading sequentially stored data. A large part of the reason ray tracing slows down game performance so much is that it requires potential GPU performance. Millions of distinct tasks, which is enough that developers cannot manually arrange them in a processor-friendly way.
However, the RTX 40 series can use a technology called Shader Execution Reordering. This allows the GPU itself to arrange these tasks in a nice, neat row, allowing itself to process them more efficiently. Nvidia says this can improve overall performance with RT enabled by up to 25% over Ampere, which won’t completely eliminate the FPS tax in most games but will certainly make them run more smoothly.
RTX 40 GPUs will also have AV1 encoding capabilities as standard. This won’t make your games run faster, but it’s good news if you’re going to stream or create videos from game footage: the AV1 format beats the pants of current-generation formats for image quality and data usage. It’s bad news for Intel, even though AV1 encryption looked like the long-awaited real USP Arc Alchemist Screen cards. So much for this feature.
What is Remix RTX and what does it have to do with the RTX 40 series?
The launch of the RTX 4090 / RTX 4080 included a lot of Nvidia’s presentation of the new RTX Remix app. Perhaps not undeservedly — if it works as intended, the RTX Remix could be a pretty big deal for modifying old PC games.
The idea is that RTX Remix uses Ada Lovelace’s AI/machine learning features to simplify the process of making high-resolution mod packs for aging games. With it, designers can import a game into the app and “capture” assets (such as textures, geometry, and lighting) with just a few clicks. These assets are then automatically converted to the USD (Common Scene Description) file format, allowing the preparer to make changes using various RTX Remix tools.
This includes AI-powered texture tools that can improve textures by up to 4x, or detect what type of material an old texture is supposed to represent – wood, metal, etc. – and automatically give it an appropriate, more detailed roughness or shine. Ray tracing effects can also be applied, Nvidia Reflex and DLSS 3 support, and by syncing RTX Remix with other apps like Blender, Maya, Photoshop and Adobe Substance, it’s possible to create whole new models and see them take shape inside the mod in real time.
Once done, RTX Remix can export everything as a mod package, which you just need to install in the same folder as. exe of the game to start. A lot of games will probably work with this: The only requirements, says Nvidia, are that they are based on DirectX 8 or 9 and use a fixed-function graphics pipeline.
Where exactly does the RTX 40 series come from? For starters, you’ll need one of your Ada Lovelace GPUs to run the RTX Remix; Not available for older Nvidia graphics cards. And although the resulting mod packages have no such hardware requirements, features like ray tracing and DLSS 3 clearly motivate the use of (or, let’s be honest, purchase) the RTX 4090 or RTX 4080 on the part of the gamer.
Will most depositors want to make conversions that only owners of this new and very expensive graphics card line can fully enjoy? I don’t know, though, that anything that simplifies a difficult process like modifying games is as likely to attract enthusiastic new users as it can veterans. Nvidia is also talking to Nexus Mods and Mod DB about hosting Remix creations, so promoting and finding these mods shouldn’t be any harder than handcrafted ones.