Nvidia unveiled today its first next-gen GeForce RTX 40 Series GPUs, which include the GeForce RTX 4090 and 4080. These new GPUs use the company’s new Ada Lovelace architecture, which the company says provides up to 4x the performance of its previous Ampere GPU architecture.
“The RTX 4090 is the world’s fastest gaming GPU with astonishing power, acoustics and temperature characteristics,” Nvidia said in a press release. “In full ray-traced games, the RTX 4090 with DLSS 3 is up to 4x faster compared to last generation’s RTX 3090 Ti with DLSS 2. It is also up to 2x faster in today’s games while maintaining the same 450W power consumption.”
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The GeForce RTX 4090 will have 16,384 CUDA cores and 24GB of GDDR6X memory, which should be enough to support 4K gaming at over 100 frames per second. In comparison, the RTX 4080 will be available in two configurations, a high-end model with 9,728 CUDA cores and 16GB of high-speed Micron GDDR6X memory, and a base model with 7,680 CUDA cores and 12GB of GDDR6X memory.
These new GeForce RTX 40 Series GPUs will support Nvidia’s new DLSS 3 technology, which can now generate entire frames in addition to using AI to improve image quality. “In full ray-traced games, the RTX 4090 with DLSS 3 is up to 4x faster compared to last generation’s RTX 3090 Ti with DLSS 2,” Nvidia said today.
The company’s new DLSS 3 technology will support the most popular game engines including Unity and Unreal Engine. Over 35 games and applications are also adding DLSS 3 support including Microsoft Flight Simulator, Cyberpunk 2077, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and F1 2022.
Nvidia showed today a demo of Portal with RTX, a free DLC coming in November that will completely change the 2007 game’s graphics with full-ray tracing. It pretty much looks like a full-fledged remaster, and you can watch the impressive clip below:
The RTX 4090 will be available on October 12, starting at $1,599. The two RTX 4080 cards will be available in November with prices starting at $899 for the base model and $1,199 for the high-end model. In addition to the limited Founders Editions GPUs manufactured by Nvidia, Asus, Gigabyte, MSI, PNY, and other manufacturers will also release their own GeForce RTX 40 Series GPUs later this fall.