NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Founders Edition design surfaces two months before anticipated launch
NVIDIA is not expected to announce the GeForce RTX 4090 until mid-July, along with the RTX 4070 and the RTX 4080. As with the RTX 30 series, NVIDIA is believed to begin the RTX 40 series with three mid-tier to premium cards, rather than entry-level models like the RTX 4050 or RTX 4060, for example. Incidentally, the RTX 4070 is rumoured to utilise the AD104, with the RTX 4080 relying on the AD103. Finally, NVIDIA will debut the AD102 GPU with the RTX 4090. All launch RTX 40 series cards are thought to be based on TSMC N4 nodes.
While NVIDIA is a few months out from unveiling the RTX 40 series, the design of NVIDIA's Founders Edition model appears to have leaked on Chiphell. For reference, comparable photos of the RTX 3080 Founders Edition emerged two years ago on Chiphell, three months before NVIDIA announced the RTX 30 series. As VideoCardz notes, the RTX 4090 Founders Edition looks the spitting image of its RTX 3090 Ti counterpart.
Hence, the RTX 4090 Founders Edition should launch with dual-axial fans, a V-shaped PCB and a metal frame. Incidentally, the latter is reputed to be of the RTX 4090 Ti Founders Edition; the low-resolution imagery is slightly suspect, though. By contrast, other high-resolution images show a high fin concentration on the RTX 4090 Founders Edition than RTX 30 series cards. Unsurprisingly, the newer AD102 die expected to power the RTX 4090 has a larger base plate. Purportedly, the RTX 4090 will arrive with a 450 W TGP, 16,128 CUDA cores and GDDR6X VRAM, among other features.