Some leaked Geekbench scores for the new Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 GPU just dropped and the card appears to be 67% faster than the previous generation RTX 3090 Ti card.
The Geekbench scores were impressive for the CUDA benchmark, with the GeForce RTX 4090 hitting 433,619 points. That’s almost double the RTX 3090 Ti, which scored 260,346 points. The Geekbench test used a Ryzen 9 7950X CPU and 32GB of DDR5 RAM at 2998MHz when testing with the RTX 4090.
When first released, Nvidia claimed that the RTX 40 series graphics cards were up to four times faster than the previous generation RTX 30 series. Moving on, in a blog post released yesterday, Nvidia said the new GPUs with Nvidia Reflex can hit 360 frames per second (fps) while playing the new Overwatch 2 at 1440p resolution.
Of course, the apparent performance bump certainly has some drawbacks in size and power consumption.
The top-of-the-line RTX 4090 is huge. It is a three-slot unit that takes up up to 336 mm (13.2 in) of space in length and is a whopping 61 mm (2.4 in) in height. That’s huge, and some third-party maps look even bigger. The other 40-series cards are about the same size, so whichever you choose, you may need to upgrade.
Another issue facing Nvidia’s massive 40-series GPUs is power consumption. The 4090 has a TGP of 450 watts and recommendations call for a power supply of at least 850W. This is exactly the same as the RTX 3090 Ti, and we thought it was a lot when that card first came out in March.
The takeaway here is that the 4090 will likely be a beast of a graphics card. It represents a huge increase in power over the previous generation of Nvidia GPUs, but you’d better be prepared for big, bulky cases and huge power requirements if you want to enjoy it.
The RTX 4090 will go on sale October 12, while both versions of the RTX 4080 will be available sometime in November.