Nvidia RTX 4090 – release date, price, specs, and benchmarks

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The Nvidia RTX 4090 is shaping up to be the most powerful GeForce GPU we’ve ever seen, and may be left unchallenged in the battle for the title of the best graphics card against its would be competitors.

As the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4000 flagship, the RTX 4090 represents the best from team green’s new pixel pushers based on its new Ada Lovelace architecture. Unfortunately, with great power comes high prices, and you’ll need to pay a high price to get your hands on this graphics card.

To help digest all the latest news from Nvidia on its RTX 4090, we’ve gathered everything we know about its release date, price, specs, and benchmarks.

Here’s everything we know about the Nvidia RTX 4090 GPU:

Nvidia RTX 4090 release date

The Nvidia RTX 4090 release date will fall on October 12, with the RTX 4000 flagship graphics card being the first from the new GeForce series available for purchase.

Pre-orders aren’t available just yet, but you can sign up to be notified when reservations for the Founders Edition cards are available on Nvidia’s website. Keep an eye out for our review, which should help you decide whether or not it’s worth a bite out of your bank account.

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Nvidia RTX 4090 price

The Nvidia RTX 4090 price is $1,599 USD / £1,679.00 GBP, making the Lovelace flagship more expensive than its Ampere predecessor. It isn’t alone in demanding a higher price over its previous generation counterpart, though, as the RTX 4080 also commands a higher asking price too.

Unfortunately, this MSRP only applies to the Founders Edition RTX 4090, meaning that we can expect AIB models from the likes of Asus, MSI, and Gigabyte to cost even more.

The ADA GPU die that powers the RTX 4090

Nvidia RTX 4090 specs

The Nvidia RTX 4090 specs boast several upgrades compared to its predecessor, including higher clock speeds, more CUDA cores, as well as new third generation ray tracing cores and fourth generation tensor cores.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090
Boost clock 2.52GHz 1.70GHz
Base clock 2.23GHz 1.40GHz
CUDA cores  16,384 10,496
Ray tracing cores Third generation Second generation
Tensor Cores Fourth generation Third generation
Bus Width 384-bit 384-bit

The RTX 4090 will also come armed with a 12-pin PCIe Gen 5 power connector, capable of delivering 600W over a single cable. This means you may need to use an adapter to ensure compatibility, as most power supplies use a 6+2 pin configuration.

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Nvidia RTX 4090 benchmarks

Nvidia RTX 4090 benchmarks were shared by team green during its GeForce Beyond event, during which the company claimed that its new flagship graphics card is “2-4x faster than the 3090 Ti”.

We’ll have to wait until we get our hands on one to verify these performance claims, but it’s likely that Nvidia DLSS 3.0 helps play a part in giving the RTX 4000 flagship an edge over the current GPU king.

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