NVIDIA‘s next-generation GPU, based on the Ada architecture, is just around the corner. How do we know? Well, leaks are all over the PC-related sites. Not to mention NVIDIA has announced an event next week, September 20, with the hashtag ProjectBeyond. So far, there are plenty of leaks confirming that NVIDIA will release the RTX 4090 and RTX 4080 very soon. No wonder some of the best RTX 3090 Ti cards are selling for a low price right now. Photos of the RTX 4090 retail box and RTX 4090 graphics cards surfaced on the web as well. Check them out below.
GeForce RTX 4090 Leaked Photos
To this day, there are a few leaks of the upcoming RTX 4090 graphics card. Photos of the Zotac GeForce RTX 4090 AMP Airo surfaced including its retail packaging. There’s no way to fake this kind of leak. And it looks like the photo came from an assembly line or factory.
There are also leaked photos of the retail box of the Gigabyte GeForce RTX 4090 Gaming OC. It looks like the Gigabyte RTX 4090 Gaming OC will have a similar graphics card design to the current RTX 30 series Gaming OC.
A leaked photo of a Lenovo Legion prebuilt gaming PC with an alleged GeForce RTX 4090 surfaced as well. The model of the graphics card was censored, but it looks like the last two digits are 9 and 0. Also, it uses the (12+4) 16-pin 12VHPWR PCIe Gen5 power connector. NVIDIA has been using this type of power connector on its RTX 30 series Founders Edition cards. But it looks like AIB partners will now also use the same PCIe Gen5 power connector for their custom RTX 40 series graphics cards.
Finally, photos of the GALAX RTX 4090 SG graphics card also surfaced. Gone is the “What’s Your Game” branding, and it looks like they went for a new graphics card design.
GeForce RTX 4090 and RTX 4080 Specifications
According to the latest leaks, the GeForce RTX 4090 will be using an AD102-300 GPU based on TSMC’s 4N fabrication process. The RTX 4090 will have 16384 CUDA cores and 24GB of GDDR6X memory. The GPU clock speed is rumored to be 2520MHz, while the memory runs at 21Gbps with a 384-bit memory bus.
When it comes to power consumption, looks like the RTX 4090 will be power-hungry. It has a default TGP of 450W and a maximum TGP of 660W. For comparison, the current RTX 3090 has a power draw of 350W, while the RTX 3090 Ti can draw up to 450W.
Next to the RTX 4090 is the GeForce RTX 4080. It is reported to be available in two variants, an RTX 4080 16GB and RTX 4080 12GB. The RTX 4080 16GB will use an AD103 GPU, meanwhile, the RTX 4080 12GB is rumored to use the AD104 GPU instead.
The RTX 4080 16GB has 9728 CUDA cores and 16GB of GDDR6X memory. It will have a power draw from 340W up to 516W maximum. Meanwhile, the RTX 4080 12GB will only have 7680 CUDA cores paired with 12GB of GDDR6X memory. Its power draw is also lower, with a default TGP of 285W and up to 366W maximum.
If these leaks are correct, I’m not sure why NVIDIA bothered to release two types of RTX 4080. Maybe it’s not really an “RTX 4080 12GB”, but it could be the RTX 4070 or RTX 4070 Ti instead.
Anyway, if there’s one thing that these leaks are sure of, NVIDIA will release the RTX 4090 first, followed by the RTX 4080.
GeForce RTX 4090 and RTX 4080 Release Date
NVIDIA will have an event on September 20, next week. They call the event ProjectBeyond. NVIDIA has also been hinting about the Ada architecture on their Twitter account.
According to leaks, NVIDIA will announce the Ada architecture and the RTX 40 series GPUs on September 20th. Then the GeForce RTX 4090 graphics cards will be released sometime in October. Meanwhile, it is reported that the GeForce RTX 4080 will be released in November.
Although not confirmed yet, we may see the RTX 4070 and RTX 4060 towards the end of this year and/or early next year.