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NVIDIA RTX 4000 Ada Generation Laptop GPU

NVIDIA NVIDIA RTX 4000 Ada Generation Laptop GPU

The Nvidia RTX 4000 Ada Generation, not to be confused with the A4000, P4000 or RTX 4000 Turing Generation, is a very powerful professional graphics card for use in laptops that sports 7,424 CUDA cores and 12 GB of ECC GDDR6 VRAM. Brought into existence in 2023, this graphics adapter leverages TSMC's 5 nm process and Nvidia's Ada Lovelace architecture to achieve great performance combined with moderate power consumption.

Hardware-wise, the RTX 4000 is a GeForce RTX 4080 (Laptop) in disguise. Consequently, it makes use of the same AD103 chip and will have little difficulty running triple-A games at QHD 1440p.

The Quadro series graphics cards ship with much different BIOS and drivers than GeForce cards and are targeted at professional use rather than gaming. Product design, large-scale calculations, simulation, data mining, 24 x 7 operation - if any of this sounds familiar, then a Quadro card will make you happy.

Architecture & Features

Ada Lovelace brings a range of improvements over older graphics cards utilizing the outgoing Ampere architecture. It's not just the better manufacturing process and the higher number of CUDA cores that we have here (up to 16,384 versus 10,752); under-the-hood refinements are plentiful, including the immensely larger L2 cache, the optimized ray tracing routine achieved by simplifying the evaluation of what is transparent and what isn't, and other changes. Naturally, these graphics cards can both encode and decode some of the most widely used video codecs, AVC, HEVC and AV1 included; they also support a host of Nvidia technologies, including Optimus and DLSS 3. The latter employs machine learning to generate additional frames on the fly for manyfold frame rate increase in supported games at the cost of just a few artifacts.

The RTX 4000 features 58 RT cores of the 3rd generation, 232 Tensor cores of the 4th generation and 7,424 CUDA cores, making it a lot faster than the RTX 3500 Ada Generation. Elsewhere, the graphics card comes with 12 GB of 192 bit wide ECC GDDR6 memory for throughput of ~432 GB/s. The fact that error correction circuitry is present here proves that the RTX 4000 is indeed targeted at professional users.

Just like Ampere-based cards, the RTX 4000 makes use of the PCI-Express 4 protocol. 8K SUHD monitors are supported, however, the DP 1.4a video outputs can potentially prove to be a bottleneck down the line.


While we have not tested a single system featuring the RTX 4000 Ada Generation as of August 2023, we have plenty of performance data for the GeForce RTX 4080 (Laptop), a graphics card with very similar specifications. Based on that, we fully expect the RTX 4000 to deliver:

  • Blender 3.3 Classroom CUDA score of around 22 seconds
  • 3DMark 11 GPU score of around 58,000
  • at least 116 fps in GTA V (1440p - Highest settings possible, 16x AF, 4x MSAA, FXAA)
  • close to 50 fps in Cyberpunk 2077 (1440p - High settings, Ultra RT, "Quality" DLSS)

Nvidia's marketing materials mention 33.5 TFLOPS of performance which is impressive. The RTX 5000 Ada Generation delivers a little over 42 TFLOPS, for reference.

Your mileage may vary depending on how competent the cooling solution of your laptop is and how high the TGP power target of the RTX 4000 is. One other thing worth mentioning is that enabling ECC RAM mode appears to reduce the amount of video memory that is available to applications and games by up to a gigabyte.

Power consumption

Nvidia no longer divides its laptop graphics cards into Max-Q and non-max-Q models. Instead, laptop makers are free to set the TGP according to their needs, and the range can sometimes be shockingly wide. This is the case for the RTX 4000, as the lowest value recommended for it sits at just 60 W while the highest is more than two times higher at 175 W (including dynamic boost most likely). The slowest system built around the RTX 4000 can easily be 50% slower than the fastest one. This is the kind of delta that we've already seen on consumer-grade laptops featuring the latest GeForce RTX cards.

Last but not the least, the improved 5 nm process (TSMC 4N) the RTX 4000 is built with makes for very decent energy efficiency, as of mid 2023.

RTX Ada Generation Series

NVIDIA RTX 5000 Ada Generation Laptop GPU compare 9728 @ 0.93 - 1.68 GHz256 Bit @ 20000 MHz
NVIDIA RTX 4000 Ada Generation Laptop GPU 7424 192 Bit @ 16000 MHz
NVIDIA RTX 3500 Ada Generation Laptop GPU compare 5120 192 Bit @ 16000 MHz
NVIDIA RTX 3000 Ada Generation Laptop GPU compare 4608 128 Bit @ 16000 MHz
NVIDIA RTX 2000 Ada Generation Laptop GPU compare 3072 128 Bit @ 16000 MHz
ArchitectureAda Lovelace
Pipelines7424 - unified
Raytracing Cores58
Tensor / AI Cores232
Theoretical Performance33.6 TFLOPS FP32
Memory Speed16000 effective = 2000 MHz
Memory Bus Width192 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR6
Max. Amount of Memory12 GB
Shared Memoryno
Memory Bandwidth432 GB/s
APIDirectX 12 Ultimate, Shader 6.7, OpenGL 4.6, OpenCL 3.0, Vulkan 1.3
Power Consumption150 Watt (35 - 150 Watt TGP)
technology5 nm
PCIe4.0 x16
Displays4 Displays (max.), HDMI 2.1, DisplayPort 1.4a
Notebook Sizelarge
Date of Announcement21.03.2023
Link to Manufacturer
PredecessorRTX A3000 Laptop GPU


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Klaus Hinum (Update: 2023-08-30)