The Nvidia RTX 4090 graphics card, which will hit the shelves in less than two weeks, has been spotted in new leaked tests, which has left some disappointment.
[GB5 GPU] Unknown GPU: AMD Ryzen 9 7950X (16C 32T) Min / Max / Average: 5549/5690/5685 MHz Codename: RaphaelCPUID: A60F12 (AuthenticAMD) GPU: GeForce RTX 4090API: CUDAScore: 417713, + 168.6% vs RTX 3070VRAM: 23.99 GBhttps: //t.co/BFyQ6acdRYOctober 1, 2022
As always, let’s remain skeptical and always remember that there may be a counterfeit involved, but the two results reported for the RTX 4090 are 417,713 and 424,332, so essentially around 420,000.
When comparing the Geekbench CUDA, this makes the RTX 4090 almost 80% faster than its 3090 predecessor and about 60% faster than Ampere’s fastest card, the RTX 3090 Ti.
Note that the PC on which Nvidia’s flagship GPU was tested had a Ryzen 9 7950X CPU (on the X670E motherboard) and was equipped with 32GB of DDR5-6000 RAM, so the support cast was strong in this case. (As an aside, the 7950X achieved an average gain very close to 5.7 GHz in benchmarking.)
Analysis: Don’t drop your gun and judge too early
Geekbench CUDA is obviously a measure of heavy workload (data center), so professional users will be more interested in viewing these results, not gamers. But it’s still interesting for all parties to see the relative power – add spices naturally – the RTX 4090 compared to the RTX 3090 in a first non-Nvidia test.
There are some who think it’s a good indicator towards the performance we’ll get in standard games – that is, raster, as opposed to ray tracing, the latter of which was Nvidia’s primary focus in pre-release marketing. RTX 4090 will go on sale. (Well, that, and how much DLSS 3 will boost performance enormously, in games that support it anyway.)
Nvidia said the next-gen Lovelace GPUs will be able to double the rasterization performance compared to Ampere GPUs, but this is the best-case scenario and profits for many PC games could fall significantly below that figure and, as mentioned, possibly in line with with what we see here for these Geekbench CUDA runs.
We’ll see, but we wouldn’t really read too much into this leak – it’s just one test, after all, and it’s not a commonly used metric.
All in all, we need to reserve our judgment in time when we can fully evaluate the 4090 power ourselves in a set of different games and, of course, software. (Don’t forget that this GPU is really more aimed at creative professionals looking to dig deep into their pockets to cover the exorbitant price than gaming enthusiasts – but the latter type of buyer who must have the best gaming GPU is certainly exists, it’s just a niche category.)