It’s a busy time in the Ars Technica GPU testing salt mines (not to be confused with the mining that GPUs were known for). After finishing our vision of the Intel Arc A700 series, we went straight back to testing a GPU we’ve had for a few days now: the Nvidia RTX 4090.
This beast of a GPU, provided by Nvidia to Ars Technica for review, is priced well outside the average consumer range, even for a product category where the average price keeps climbing. While we’re not authorized to divulge anything about our testing at the time of publication, our upcoming coverage will reflect the reality of this GPU’s $1,599+. In the meantime, we thought an unboxing of Nvidia’s “Founders Edition” of the 4090 would begin to tell the story of who exactly this GPU might be. not to be for.
On paper, the Nvidia RTX 4090 is poised to surpass its Nvidia predecessors, with specs that easily surpass the overpowered RTX 3090 Ti product from early 2022. The 4090 comes with around 50% more CUDA cores and between 25 and 33% more in other important categories, in particular cores dedicated to tensor and ray tracing calculations (which are too updated with new specs for Nvidia’s new 5nm process). However, one specification of the 3090 and 3090 Ti remains the same: its VRAM type and capacity (again, 24GB of GDDR6X RAM).
Yet despite outselling the 3090 Ti in many performance-impacting specs, Nvidia is sticking to a maximum power of 450W – still a power-hungry card, to be sure, but the results can push a new level of power. effectiveness for such a high-end product. . Obviously something has to give if the maximum power doesn’t change, and that comes in the form of a massive new chassis, now requiring three full PCI-e slots of space in your favorite gaming case, as well as extra length.
You can estimate this extra size in your own case by comparing its 12-inch (304mm) length and 5.4-inch (137mm) depth with a more standard-sized GPU like the new Intel Arc A770 (shown in the final gallery above). You’ll also need to make room for at least three standard 8-pin power connector cables in your case of choice, which can be plugged into a 12-pin ATX 3.0 adapter (shown in the penultimate gallery) . Our size comparison gallery goes everywhere from a plastic Yoshi toy to a banana and from an Xbox controller to an entire Xbox console.
If there’s anything you can’t wait to know about the RTX 4090, whether it’s because you want to buy it specifically or because you’re wondering how its launch will affect other future GPU technologies, let us know. find out in the comments section. This unboxing can’t address performance issues like a new DLSS system or cheaper models in the Ada Lovelace line of GPUs, but our next review, which is expected next week ahead of the GPU’s October 12 launch date. , will go much further.
This article has been updated since publication to correct an error regarding the 4090’s included power cable.
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