Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 With Insane Power
Nvidia’s rumored RTX 4000 GPUs are going to be very powerful, but a new leak suggests that those planning on getting the top-of-the-range GeForce RTX 4090 may also want to spend on serious cooling to go with it.
The reliable GPU leaker kopite7kimi posted that the AD102 chipset should find it “easy to reach 2.8GHz” or “at least not very hard.” Then, last week, the leaker added another tweet to the chain stating that “we can expect a much higher frequency.” While kopite7kimi doesn’t provide figures, that indicates a boost clock that comfortably breaks the 3GHz barrier.
HardwareTimes believes that this adds up to a GPU with a huge 100 teraflops of power. To put that into context, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 gives you ‘just’ 37.6 teraflops, while the PS5 boasts 10.3.
Before you imagine just how many frames-per-second you’d be able to generate with that kind of hardware in your PC, it’s worth reflecting on the likely costs involved with such monster hardware. Even though the GPU shortages are coming to an end, a top-of-the-range Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 Ti will still set you back at least $2,000, so consider that a starting point.
And it’s not just upfront costs you need to worry about, either. Hitting 3GHz of speed will generate a lot of heat. So you’ll want to make sure your cooling is up to snuff — may be a liquid cooling solution to be safe.
It will also likely be enormously power-hungry, and we’ve previously been bracing ourselves for a TBP (total board power) of 600W for the card — quite an upsurge on the 350W required by the already power-hungry RTX 3090.
Keep in mind that this is the power demand of the theoretical GPU alone, and with your processor, RAM, storage and peripherals, you’ll probably need a 1,000W PSU to ensure everything has enough headroom to function.
Until Nvidia officially revealed new hardware, this is all assumption of course. But after the shortage-induced price gouging of the current generation, it looks like the next one could be out of reach of most gamers for quite different reasons.