Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090’s massive power could leave AMD behind


According to rumors, Nvidia’s upcoming GeForce graphics card could have 100 teraflops of processing power.

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Although the predicted RTX 4000 GPUs from Nvidia are expected to be powerful, a recent leak indicates that buyers of the top-tier GeForce RTX 4090 may also want to consider making a significant cooling investment.

kopite7kimi(opens in new tab), a reputable GPU leaker, stated last month that the AD102 chipset should find it “simple to hit 2.8GHz” or “at least not very hard.” The leaker then continued the line of tweets last week, saying, “We may expect a much higher frequency.” Although kopite7kimi doesn’t give any numbers, that points to a boost clock that easily surpasses the 3GHz ceiling.


Additionally, according to HardwareTimes, this results in a GPU with a staggering 100 teraflops of processing power. To put it into perspective, the PS5 has 10.3 teraflops, compared to the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090’s “only” 37.6.

Expensive to buy; expensive to run 

Consider the probable costs associated with such massive hardware before imagining how many frames per second you could produce with that kind of hardware on your PC. A top-of-the-line Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 Ti will still cost you at least $2,000, so take that as a starting point even though the GPU shortages are ending.


You must also worry about ongoing expenses in addition to upfront ones. A 3GHz frequency will produce a lot of heat. To be safe, consider using a liquid cooling solution to ensure that your cooling is enough.

It will probably consume a ton of power, and we had previously prepared for a TBP (total board power) of 600W for the card, which is a significant increase from the 350W needed by the already power-hungry RTX 3090.

Remember that this is just the theoretical GPU’s power requirement; in order to ensure that your processor, RAM, storage, and peripherals have enough headroom to run, you’ll likely need a 1,000W PSU. That is a lot to expect at a time when energy prices are rising all across the world.


All of this is merely speculation, of course, until Nvidia formally reveals new hardware. But it appears that the next generation may be out of reach for the majority of players for entirely different reasons after the current generation’s price gouging due to shortages.

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