We don’t know much about the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4000 series cards. Unfortunately, no one does at the time of writing this article.
However, there is some information we’ve managed to gather about this new generation of GPUs.
We also consider NVIDIA’s previous GPU lineup, the RTX 3000 series, and the performance improvements over the RTX 2000 series. This helps us visualize the potential of the RTX 4000 GPUs.
If you are interested in what the next generation of NVIDIA graphic cards will bring, this article contains the information you are looking for.
Let’s get right into it!
- August 4, 2022: Added new release date information, new specifications and performance benchmarks.
- July 19, 2022: Added new release date information for the RTX 4000 cards.
- July 12, 2022: Added new information on possible delay of Ada Lovelace.
- July 5, 2022: Added updated information on SKU specifications.
- June 28, 2022: Replaced old power-consumption-related information with new leaks.
- June 24, 2022: Replaced a lot of outdated information.
- June 20, 2022: Added new release date rumors.
- June 14, 2022: Added new release dates, new power-related information on the RTX 4060 and more.
- June 7, 2022: Added power usage-related information, new release dates and reworked certain segments of the article.
- May 27, 2022: Added new information from Nvidia’s earnings call and cleaned up the article.
- May 17, 2022: Added a bunch of information on specification, release date, and more. Removed a bunch of outdated information.
- May 11, 2022: A couple of grammar fixes, no significant updates.
- May 4, 2022: Added and replaced a lot of information to coordinate with news that Ada Lovelace is on TSMC 5nm.
- April 22, 2022: Added new specification table, new power-related leaks and more.
- April 12, 2022: Added the possibility of Nvidia going with an RTX 5000 naming scheme.
- March 24, 2022: Updated information about Ada Lovelace’s potential power usage.
- March 15, 2022: Added power usage leaks for the RTX 4090.
- March 4, 2022: Added new release date, specifications leaks, L2 cache table, and a lot more.
- March 1, 2022: Minor information updates, nothing significant.
- February 22, 2022: Grammar updates.
- January 31, 2022: Added additional specifications leaks on the potential RTX 4090 Ti and more.
- January 25, 2022: Added information on RTX 3090 Ti and fixed some grammar issues.
- January 13, 2022: Added new specification-related leaks.
- December 22, 2021: Added a bit more information on RTX 3000 Super/Ti.
- December 14, 2021: A few updates, nothing notable.
- December 6, 2021: Added new information about RTX 40, TSMC, and the Metaverse.
- November 29, 2021: Reworked grammar throughout the entire article.
- November 22, 2021: Added a cleaner introduction.
- November 15, 2021: Added new release date information.
- November 12, 2021: Added performance leaks.
- November 3, 2021: Optimized readability.
- October 28, 2021: Reworked certain paragraphs for clarity.
- October 18, 2021: Added new information for the RTX 3090 Ti and updated some RTX 4000 related information.
- October 12, 2021: Added new information for RTX 3000 Super SKUs and RTX 4000 release date.
- October 4, 2021: Added specifications table for AD102 and other useful information.
- September 28, 2021: Made a few grammar corrections.
- September 20, 2021: Added more information regarding the release date.
- September 2, 2021: Added new leaks regarding the release date of Ada Lovelace.
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Currently, there is no official information regarding the release date of the following NVIDIA GPU lineup. So, what do we know so far?
Based on NVIDIA’s official architecture roadmap, Ampere Next (or Ada Lovelace) has a planned 2022 release. By 2024, they believe they will have Ampere Next Next ready, which is supposedly the RTX 5000 series.
There were several leaks about the release date of the RTX 4000 series, and most of them pointed towards Q3 or Q4 of 2022.
However, it seems that none of these leaks are now accurate.
After several delay rumors, in the end, it seems that the only GPU NVIDIA will release in 2022 is an AD102 GPU (RTX 4090).
This is both unfortunate and unexpected. If AMD comes out with multiple SKUs in 2022, NVIDIA may have a hard time catching up with them.
NVIDIA also asked TSMC to cut down on orders for 5nm wafers. However, TSMC did not accept this agreement and only agreed to a 1 quarter delay on shipments which may be another reason why Nvidia is pushing for a 2023 release.
To reduce the time gap between GPU releases NVIDIA had to introduce a stopgap. Something to create better competition against AMD’s lineup and to improve market share.
Even though these cards aren’t exactly a great upgrade over previous RTX 3000 GPUs, they are still a good option for anyone that can’t wait for RTX 4000 GPUs anymore.
As mentioned previously, no official info is available for the RTX 4000 series, but there have been some leaks. Currently, the only concrete information is its codename: Ada Lovelace.
The Ada Lovelace microarchitecture will be on a 5nm fabrication process, a solid leap from the 8nm Ampere (Samsung) chips. A smaller microarchitecture will result in two significant benefits: more performance for a lot less power.
Thanks to TSMC’s 5nm process, Nivida gets those benefits by cramming more transistors onto the chip.
Note that most of the first leaks we had on the RTX 4000 suggested that Nvidia will use TSMC’s 5nm process.
GA102, AD102, AD103, and AD104 (rumored) specification comparison table:
|Specifications||RTX 3090||RTX 4090 Ti/Titan||RTX 4090||RTX 4080||RTX 4070||RTX 4060|
|Process||Samsung 8nm||TSMC 5nm||TSMC 5nm||TSMC 5nm||TSMC 5nm||TSMC 5nm|
|Base Clock Speed||1395 MHz||?||2235 MHz||?||?||?|
|Boost Clock Speed||1695 MHz||?||2520 - 2750 MHz||?||?||?|
|Memory||24GB GDDR6X||48GB GDDR6X||24GB GDDR6X||16GB GDDR6X||12GB GDDR6X||8GB GDDR6/X|
|Bandwidth||936.2 GB/s||?||1008 GB/s||676 GB/s||504 GB/s||?|
|Total Board Power||350W||?||450W||420W||300W||200W|
|Release Date||September 1st, 2020||TBA 2023||TBA/Q3 2022||TBA/Q3 2022||TBA/Q4 2022||TBA/2022/23|
We’re basing the specifications in the table above based on the latest leak from kopite7kimi.
If the RTX 4090 truly boosts up to 2520 MHz or even 2750 MHz, we might see some serious improvements in performance since the RTX 3090 boosts up to 1695 MHz. With AIB models, a 3000 MHz factory overclock is possible.
With a 60% improvement in boost clocks over its predecessor, NVIDIA might beat AMD’s RDNA 3 flagship SKU. But, this will come at a cost. With a 450W TDP and some of the highest clock speeds we’ve seen, we expect very high heat output.
Another thing to note is that the RTX 4080 will use the AD103 GPU die instead of AD102. In the previous generation, the RTX 3090 and 3080 used the same GPU die.
The RTX 4070 is where everyone’s focus should be, especially now with the newer specifications leaks from kopite7kimi.
If the 4070 gets 12GB of GDDR6X VRAM @ 21Gbps instead of 10GB GDDR6 @ 19 Gbps (like previous leaks suggested), it could be as fast as the RTX 3090 Ti. At least, that’s what some leakers believe.
The 8GB of VRAM on the RTX 3070 are not enough in certain games at 4K or VR, so it’s definitely an upgrade we can appreciate.
The memory bus has also changed, from 160-bit to 192-bit. Power draw is still estimated at 300W, which is the RTX 4070’s only downside.
In February 2022, Nvidia went through a massive data breach which is unfortunate, and we do not condone such attacks/hacks; however, this information is already out there, so here’s what we managed to find related to RTX 4000.
It seems that NVIDIA looks to increase L2 cache memory on all Ada Lovelace SKUs. Even the low-end GPUs (AD107) will get about 32MB of L2 cache. The RTX 4090 card will max out at 96MB of L2 cache.
The RTX 3060 has only 3MB of L2 memory, which means that the future RTX 4060 will have a ten times bigger L2 cache. To make this change even crazier, this means that the 4060 will have more L2 than the RTX 3090.
Here’s an L2 cache table comparing RTX 3000 and RTX 4000 GPUs:
|RTX 3000||L2 Cache||RTX 4000||L2 Cache|
It looks like boosting cache size is a trend these days, considering that AMD and Intel increased their L2 and L3 cache sizes on their processors to boost gaming performance.
We’ll see whether Nvidia’s memory boost will improve the GPU’s ability to tackle games.
With these specifications in mind, it’s definitely possible that the RTX 4000 series graphics cards can be twice as fast as RTX 3000 cards. Maybe even faster.
You’re probably already pretty aware of all the news about RTX 4000 being too power hungry.
While we still have no official information from Nvidia regarding these specifications of Ada Lovelace, it seems that these rumors will be true.
Kopite7kimi comes out with a “final” version of the power limits of future RTX 4000 SKUs.
So, AD102, the flagship NVIDIA GPU will have a power limit of up to 800W. While this doesn’t necessarily mean that the RTX 4090 will come with such a TDP, but it is possible.
Kopite7kimi already shared that the RTX 4080 will have a 420W TDP, so, it’s not unexpected that AD103 has a 450W power limit.
However, a 400W power limit for AD104, or more accurately, an RTX 4070? We hope that the rumors for 300W TGP will be the final specification for this SKU.
We have to remember that the RTX 3070 has a 220W TDP which was already higher than previous NVIDIA xx70 GPUs.
At this point, people may start reconsidering Nvidia’s mid-range GPUs solely because of their high-power draw, especially when they consider that RDNA 3 may be more efficient.
Allegedly, AD102’s target frequency is 2.2GHz, which is theoretically around 66 TFLOPS (FP32). That is almost double compared to Ampere’s flagship (RTX 3090).
However, Greymon55 has another say about the specifications of Ada Lovelaces, which counters 3DCenter’s rumors. In 2021, Greymon55 already posted a leak with AD102 specifications and mentioned that the 3090 successor could have up to 92 TFLOPS.
Now, the leaker doubles down on the idea and still believes that AD102 will have up to 90 TFLOPS compared to the 66 TFLOPS rumored by 3DCenter. That’s double compared to the 3090 or even the 3090Ti.
However, remember that TFLOPS isn’t the most accurate depiction of in-game performance.
There are currently no benchmarks open to the public, so we can’t really determine the performance of the RTX 4000 series, but we have a few rumors to share.
Kopite7kimi revealed 3DMark Time Spy Extreme benchmarks with the RTX 4090, 4080, and 4070.
The RTX 4090 scores 19000 points in 3DMark, which is around 66% faster than the RTX 3090 Ti (~11400 points).
With 15000 points in Time Spy Extreme, the RTX 4080 is almost 25% faster than the 3090 Ti.
These kinds of performance jumps are expected, but what’s interesting is that the leak suggests that the RTX 4070 scores around 10000 points, making it almost as fast as a 3090 Ti.
It is also possible that this SKU might not be the real RTX 4070. The 4070 with 21Gbps will most probably be faster than the 3090 Ti.
This gives us an insight into the potential performance of Ada Lovelace, but don’t take these numbers as concrete evidence.
Originally, Greymon55 believed double performance for doubled power consumption and these benchmarks do point in that direction.
Will you accept 2x performance for such a high power draw?
It is impossible to guess how the pricing will look with the current info. However, since AMD’s RX 6000 series is on par with the RTX 3000 series in terms of performance (in some cases even better), NVIDIA will most likely stick with the exact pricing as Ampere.
So, here’s what it should look like:
- RTX 4060 – $330
- RTX 4070 – $500
- RTX 4080 – $700
- RTX 4090 – $1500+?
However, this jump to TSMC’s 5nm process node could be the reason for far more expensive RTX 4000 GPUs
Scalping & Price Increases
Throughout the last couple of years, ever since the release of the RTX 3000 series, scalping has become a huge trend.
This new trend skyrocketed the prices of new GPUs while also considerably cut down the supply. This shortage continues in 2022 as it did in 2021 and 2020.
Right now, you might be wondering: will this kind of scalping affect the RTX 4000 series? Unfortunately, we cannot know for sure, but at least we know that both TSMC and Samsung are investing to improve their manufacturing capacities.
We’ll know the status of RTX 4000 availability once the GPUs are released.
Until then, you can check back for future developments on the RTX 4000 Series!