"1000 W+ PSUs will just be the standard soon": Nvidia allegedly pushing Lovelace to its limits to beat AMD RDNA 3
A report from Tom of the YouTube channel Moore’s Law Is Dead seemingly confirms that Nvidia is going to push the limits of both professional and gaming Lovelace GPUs. According to his sources, Nvidia’s flagship card, the RTX 4090, will have a TBP of 600 W. This matches our previous report about the TBP of Nvidia RTX 40 series cards.
The leaker also alleges that there are rumblings of multiple AIB RTX 4090 models that push past 700 W.
Per one of MLID’s sources, Nvidia will do everything they can to retain the performance crown as “Jensen’s ego is just too big to allow for any chance AMD can hold a 20% win over Nvidia’s flagship.”
The same goes for Nvidia’s next-gen Lovelace professional cards. Team Green is looking to drastically increase the power consumption limit of their professional cards. “It seems that top 6000/8000 Lovelace professional card should use 320 – 375 W. Right now they are testing prototypes at the limits of an EPS 8-pin (375 W), or they are even testing some prototypes with a 16-pin connector,” said one of MLID’s informants.
One source told MLID that Nvidia can potentially launch the RTX 4090 before all the other cards as it is “much further along” in the process. However, the leaker suspects that the reason for launching the RTX 4090 before other Lovelace cards is to take the performance crown before AMD can launch their flagship GPUs. AMD is reportedly releasing its next-gen lineup with the launch of a Navi 33-based midrange board first, so MLID’s conjecture may be a bit accurate.
Finally, OEMs are already allegedly preparing for Lovelace’s huge power draw. Talking to MLID, an anonymous OEM source explained the situation as “If people will notice… a lot of OEMs are suddenly bringing out larger chassis that include much better PSUs for a reason. We’re getting ready. 1000 W+ PSUs will just be the standard soon.”