Nvidia GPUs could smash AMD in the next-gen performance war

Nvidia and AMD are each planning to release next-gen graphics cards this year, and according to the latest leaks, we could be witnessing quite the performance war between the two giants.

New rumors suggest that Nvidia’s next flagship, the RTX 4090, could be a powerful GPU with 100 teraflops. The news for AMD’s flagship Navi 31 graphics card isn’t so good, though.

100t for ada

— Greymon55 (@greymon55) Apr 30, 2022

This latest batch of Nvidia RTX 4000 and AMD RDNA 3 information comes from countless Twitter leakers, and it’s safe to say it’s been a bit of a roller coaster ride. While it’s thoroughly good news for Nvidia, AMD’s next flagship seems to have seen a cut compared to the specs we expected a few days ago.

Let’s start with Nvidia. We have already gathered a lot of information about the approximate specifications of the card. The current consensus is that it will have monstrous power requirements, but that power consumption will likely be accompanied by excellent performance.

The flagship RTX 4090 will be based on the AD102 GPU, and according to the latest round of leaks shared by VideoCardz, it could deliver up to 100 teraflops (TFLOPs) of computing power. This is 2.5 times more than the current best graphics card, the RTX 3090 Ti, which comes with 40 TFLOPs.

To hit such numbers, the rumored RTX 4090 should have a staggering clock speed of at least 2.7 GHz. It is also said to come with 18,432 CUDA cores. This is again a huge increase over the RTX 3090 Ti (10,752 CUDA cores), but the clock speed is pretty close (2.6GHz vs 2.7GHz).

Since both Team Green and Team Red are releasing new graphics cards this year, it’s hard not to compare Nvidia’s alleged flagship to AMD’s. In AMD’s case, the RX 7900 XT will be a Navi 31-based graphics card. While we’re only a few months away from release, the card has seen a massive shift in specs recently, though all of this is just in speculation territory.

AMD Navi III (RDNA 3)
Navi 31: 12288 SPs, 48 ​​WGPs, 12 SAs, 6 SEs
Navi 32: 8192 SPs, 32 WGPs, 8 SAs, 4 SEs
Navi 33: 4096 SPs, 16 WGPs, 4 SAs, 2 SEs https://t.co/h46ytpdifo

— Redfire (@Redfire75369) May 2, 2022

Just a few days ago, AMD leaker Greymon55 reported that the new AMD RDNA 3 flagship will have 92 TFLOPs with FP32 performance, bringing it within the range of specs we now expect from the RTX 4090. If this turns out to be true, it would mean we’re witnessing a real TFLOP war, which should be exciting for potential customers, with more top-notch GPUs to choose from. However, the news changed almost as soon as it appeared and a new set of specs has been shared for the AMD RX 7900 XT.

According to the new specs, again shared by Greymon55 and Redfire75369, the Navi 31 GPU will arrive with 12,288 stream processors (SPs) as opposed to the 15,360 they previously predicted. This implies that the 92 TFLOP rumor could be wrong or refer to a different, non-reduced version of the GPU. As VideoCardz suspects, the updated specs would only get us 73 TFLOPs instead of 92, which would put the RX 7900 XT miles behind Nvidia.

With months to go until the release of the Nvidia Ada Lovelace or AMD RDNA 3 graphics cards, it’s hard to say anything with real certainty. Based on the numbers we have now, it looks like Nvidia’s flagship may be winning over AMD in terms of sheer performance, but when it comes to the balance between performance and power consumption, it could go for AMD. Until one of the tech giants says more, we can only speculate.

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