Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090: Top-of-the-line graphics card could hit shelves before the GeForce RTX 4080
While the prospect of getting one's hands on a shiny new Nvidia graphics card in mid-July is an exciting one, only those with loose purse strings will be able to experience Ada Lovelace in all its glory. Seasoned leaker @kopite7kimi says that the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 will be the first graphics card to hit shelves, followed by the GeForce RTX 4080 and GeForce RTX 4070.
All three SKUs will likely be announced at the same time but won't be available for purchase together. The approach makes sense, as the GeForce RTX 4090 will be able to showcase Nvidia's best silicon in all its glory and occupy the top position in benchmark charts, at least for the foreseeable future. This is in stark contrast with AMD's supposed launch schedule, which involves getting the affordable Navi 33 graphics cards out of the door first, followed by the top-of-the-line Navi 31 SKUs.
If recent GeForce RTX 4090 rumours are to be believed, a PSU upgrade will be in order for many gamers. The graphics card is said to have a maximum TGP of 450 Watts, pack 16,128 CUDA cores and feature 24 GB of 21 Gbps RAM on a 384-bit bus. It will use a cut-down version of the AD102 GPU and outperform the GeForce RTX 3090 by a factor of two.