There have been a lot of rumors surrounding the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090, and this new batch would reveal that Nvidia has started testing its next-gen AD102 GPU, which is expected to power the GeForce RTX 4090 graphics card.
The flagship AD102 GPU, which is built on Nvidia’s Lovelace architecture, will be used to power cards such as the RTX 4090 and RTX 4080. According to a reliable Twitter leak Kopite7kimithe cards will feature a 24Gbps GDDR6X memory array and follow the GeForce RTX 40-series naming convention instead of being rebranded as 50-series as some reports have suggested.
Of course, none of this has been confirmed by Nvidia, so be sure to take everything with a grain of salt.
Ignore those fanboys, let’s turn our attention to the GPU. AD102 has started testing. https://t.co/yziVJE8eFpApril 19, 2022
Analysis: How much is too much power?
Recently a photo of the alleged PCB (Printed Circuit Board) that the AD102 GPU is supposed to use has surfaced, and if they are to be trusted it could have a TDP (Thermal Design Power) of 600W or even as high as 800 or so. 850W. For comparison, the already power-hungry RTX 3090 boasts a maximum TDP of 350W.
This could be a serious long-term problem for buyers. Not only is the initial cost of the graphics card high, but the energy costs to run it continuously could end up being high.
Then there’s the cooling system needed to keep it going, which wouldn’t run cheap considering how hot these boards could get, and many buyers would have to replace their PSU (Power Supply Unit) – another expensive investment.
And if the return on investment in terms of gaming power isn’t substantial enough to justify all those potential costs, many potential buyers might be hesitant to make the jump to the next-gen.