Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 Founders Edition Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 Founders Edition Review


It's fair to say that the GeForce RTX 3000 series was both a huge success and, thanks to circumstances beyond Nvidia's control, a bit of a damp squib. The whole card range had massive amounts of performance and was set to conquer the world. However, the global pandemic appeared at exactly the wrong time and created a demand that totally out-stripped supply. With most of the world suddenly at home with nothing to do and no travel expenses, everyone wanted to get a new graphics card, and shelves emptied almost immediately. In a textbook example of Karl Marx capitalism, with supply grossly out-numbered by demand the price rocketed to levels that even the most money-rich baulked at. Even when things did return, somewhat, to normal the time it took to get production returned to pre-pandemic levels meant that many people either missed out entirely or were left saving for the next one. Most people, after all, understand the relatively short lifespan of new hardware.

Thankfully the production has returned to normal just in time for the next iteration of the Nvidia GeForce RTX cards. In this case it's the RTX 4090, here in Founders Edition trim. We already know that the RTX 3090 was a blazingly quick card, and the RTX 3090 Ti that was the last hurrah for the Ampere GPUs went out in a blaze of glory. Nvidia now bring us the beautifully named Ada Lovelace architecture. If you were unaware, Ada Lovelace is the worlds first programmer. The daughter of the famous poet Byron, she worked in conjunction with Charles Babbage to start the revolution that had begun with the famous Jacquard Loom and took us to where we are today. Even if you only know of Babbage and Lovelace from 2DGoggles, it's nice to have someone who is such a keystone in the foundation of computing be recognised.

Naturally there is only so much hardware that you can throw at the problem, and so Nvidia have designed the RTX 4090 to not only crush the RTX 3090 Ti with raw horsepower, but have further developed their AI and DLSS to the point that, in supported titles, it makes anything currently on the market become the equivalent of bringing a toothpick to a tank fight.

Technical Specifications

There is a whole lot to get through with the RTX 4090. Below is how it compares to the RTX 3090 Ti just in terms of the hardware available. If the move to 3rd Generation RT cores has the same effect as the move from the 1st Gen to the 2nd did, then the RTX 4090 promises to deliver much. That's without taking in to account the massive increase in hardware alone, and that eye-popping boost clock speed.

 RTX 3090 TiRTX 4090
Graphics Processing Clusters711
Texture Processing Clusters4264
Streaming Multiprocessors84128
CUDA Cores1075216384
Tensor Cores336 3rd Generation512 4th Generation
RT Cores84 2nd Generation128 3rd Generation
Texture Units336512
Boost Clock1860 MHz2520 MHz
Memory Clock10500 MHz10501 MHz
Memory Data Rate21 Gbps21 Gbps
L2 Cache6144 KB73728 KB
Total Video Memory24 GB GDDR6X24 GB GDDR6X
Memory Interface384-bit384-bit
Memory Bandwidth1008 GB/s1008 GB/s
Bilinear Texture Rate625 GT/s1290.2 GT/s
Fabrication ProcessSamsung 8nmTSMC 4nm
Transistor Count28.3 Billion76.3 Billion
Connectors3x Display Port, 1x HDMI3x Display Port, 1x HDMI
Form FactorTriple SlotTriple Slot
Power Connector1x16 pin (3x8 PCIe)1x16 pin (4x8 PCIe)
Minimum Power Supply850W850W
Maximum GPU Temperature93°C90°C
PCI ExpressGen 4Gen 4

Let's see what's new on the DLSS side of things.

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Most Recent Comments

11-10-2022, 13:27:04

As brutal as I always knew it would be.

RT and 4k are finally a thing. Me? I'll stick to 1440p.

Thanks for the review.Quote

11-10-2022, 13:57:52

Well it's not as good as i was expecting sure dlss3 is good but outside of that on the whole it seems it has a lot of power that doesn't count for much, maybe a card before it's time, we'll see how amd fair if more power means little difference.

it's a mixed bag so maybe drivers, in some cases it's a lot better in others not so much.Quote

11-10-2022, 16:28:13

Decent but nothing that would make me run out and get one.Quote

11-10-2022, 17:15:02

The coolers thickness is hilarious. At this rate in a few years time, TTLs 40 Corsair fans will look relevant to the times.Quote

11-10-2022, 17:20:58

I want to see these cards with blocks on them in a 1 slot design. Also, I've made some stupid purchases in my life, but I can't bring myself to spend over $1000 on a graphics card.Quote

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