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Rumor suggests that NVIDIA could skip the RTX 4000 series entirely: top-end Lovelace AD102 might end up being called the GeForce RTX 5090

The successor to the GeForce RTX 3090 could be named the GeForce RTX 5090, skipping the 4000 series entirely (Image source: NVIDIA)
The successor to the GeForce RTX 3090 could be named the GeForce RTX 5090, skipping the 4000 series entirely (Image source: NVIDIA)
Tipster @kopite7kimi added to earlier AD102 leaks by providing further details about NVIDIA's upcoming Lovelace cards. Interestingly, the tipster referred to the top-end Lovelace card as "XX90," hinting that it might not be called the GeForce RTX 4090.

Tipster @kopite7kime recently shared specs for what appear to be NVIDIA's upcoming flagship Lovelace card, built on the AD102 GPU. The numbers correlate with what we've seen in earlier leaks, including a 600W TDP for the top-end card, and 24GB of 21 Gbps VRAM. 

What's particularly interesting, though, is that @kopite7kime doesn't label the purported card as the GeForce RTX 4090. Instead, the tipster calls it an "XX90." This indicates that the GeForce RTX 4090 might not be the name NVIDIA will use for the upcoming card. A likely possibility is that Team Green will skip over the 4000 series nomenclature entirely.

This wouldn't be the first time that NVIDIA's skipped a numerical series - the Fermi GTX 400 lineup followed the GTX 200 series, Maxwell GTX 900 cards replaced the 700 series, and NVIDIA went straight from the 1000 series to the 2000 series with the arrival of ray-tracing on Turing. 

Regardless of what these new cards are going to be called, they're expected to pack a considerable punch. A fully-enabled AD102 GPU reportedly features over 18,000 cores - this indicates that Lovelace's peak performance could potentially double that of the GeForce RTX 3080. And with GPU prices gradually coming down as supply stabilizes, buyers might even be able to buy a Lovelace card at something approaching the MSRP. 

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Arjun Krishna Lal, 2022-04-11 (Update: 2022-04-11)