Nvidia GeForce RTX 40 series: Price, specs & release dates

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The Nvidia GeForce RTX 40-series offers some of the most powerful GPUs on the planet, and with so many unreleased, we go through all of the rumors you need to know.

The current generation of Nvidia GeForce graphics cards, the RTX-40 series has finally landed. They’re incredibly fast, and offer features such as DLSS 3, AV1 encoding, as well as bringing the infamous 12VHPWR connector to all cards in the stack so far. Though, all of the GPUs currently released are fairly expensive, owing to the advanced architecture that they are built upon.

Codenamed Ada Lovelace, these GPUs are based on TSMC’s 4nm process, moving away from the Samsung 8nm process that we saw previously in their Ampere lineup of graphics cards. Nvidia previously secured $10B USD worth of parts to avoid a shortage of cards upon launch.

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Each graphics card in the RTX 40 series is based on various “AD” chips. AD102 is the most powerful features in the RTX 4090, and reportedly in its RTX 4090 Ti counterpart. AD103 features in the RTX 4080 16GB, with AD104 in the RTX 4070 Ti and the RTX 4070. The RTX 4060 Ti is also currently believed to be using the AD106 chip.

RTX 40 series specifications

The officially announced RTX 40 series cards are extremely impressive, and they also come with some eye-watering high price points. The currently released graphics cards are all fairly expensive, however, but Nvidia is seemingly working on lower-end models to appeal to a more mainstream audience. We’ve listed all of the known RTX 40-series GPUs, in addition to unconfirmed leaks for some cards, courtesy of trustworthy leaker Kopite7Kimi.

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Be sure to take any of the leaked specifications with a pinch of salt, as they may change prior to their official announcement.

GPUNvidia RTX 4060 Ti (Unconfirmed Leak)Nvidia RTX 4070 (Unconfirmed Leak)Nvidia RTX 4070 TiNvidia RTX 4080Nvidia RTX 4090Nvidia RTX 4090 Ti(Unconfirmed Leak)
CUDA cores43525888768097281638418176

One of our biggest concerns regarding these cards is the significant power draw that the GPUs supposedly have, with the RTX 4090 Ti reportedly topping out at a total board power of a staggering 600W. This will likely require significant thermal cooling on the design of the cards in order to dissipate the hit, as long as you have a power supply that can keep up with these demands. Just be sure to have your 12VHPWR connector fully inserted to prevent any potential melting.

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Additionally, the initial Time Spy benchmarks for the cards have all come through, and they are looking incredibly quick. For an idea of what the current cards look like in comparison to the upcoming RTX 40 series GPUs, we’ve compared their Time Spy Extreme benchmarks below.

RTX 4000 series benchmarks

GPUTime Spy Extreme Score
RTX 409018578
RTX 408014028
RTX 4070 Ti11015

We’ve collated the RTX 40-series lineup with Time Spy Extreme scores for all released cards right now. We will update this in the future as and when we have further GPUs to test.

It appears like the stack will have a significant boost in performance all-round. Right now, the RTX 4070 Ti is as fast as the current RTX 3090 Ti, meaning that no matter what GPU you have, you will probably benefit from upgrading to the RTX 40 series.

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Though, if you are not keen on splashing the cash on a brand-new card, you should probably take a look at getting yourself a cheap GPU, as all of the prices have been significantly slashed after a cryptocurrency crash, which has saturated the used market with cheap graphics cards, which is causing a headache of an oversupply issue over at Nvidia.

RTX 4000 series release dates

Graphics card on black and silver backgroundNvidia
  • RTX 4090: October 12, 2022
  • RTX 4080: November 16, 2022
  • RTX 4070 Ti: January 5, 2023

The RTX 4000 series has arrived, and with it has come three SKUs so far, with pricing ranging from $1599 all the way down to $799. However, we also expect further GPUs to launch later on in the year, starting as early as April.

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The next time we would expect GPUs to be announced would be around Nvidia’s GTC, which is currently slated for March. This points us towards a potential April release for the RTX 4070 and potentially a 4060 Ti.

It’s likely that the lower-end GPUs will be held back until 2023, so for those looking for a more affordable GPU to pick up, you might have to wait a little bit longer.

However, it’s clear reports of the RTX 4090 being already in production were true, while the RTX 4080 and RTX 4070 were nowhere in sight, this lends credence to the idea that we might be seeing the RTX 4070 in early 2023. Though, do take that estimation with a pinch of salt, as things can change rapidly in the run-up to launch.

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Regardless, suppliers are starting to receive their shipments of RTX 40 series graphics cards, according to a report, so movement is coming along nicely. Though you still might be waiting a while for the graphics card of your choosing to launch.

RTX 40 series pricing

RTX 3090 Ti render pretending to be a 4080Nvidia
No, there are no images of a 4080 – enjoy this 3090 Ti instead

The RTX 40 series currently starts at $799 for the RTX 4070 Ti. The RTX 4080 16GB costs $1199, and the RTX 4090 begins at an MSRP of $1599.

These prices are higher than the previous generation of graphics cards, as we do not yet have any information about the lower-tier of GPUs, which we presume will be launching in 2023.

RTX 4090$1599
RTX 4080$1199
RTX 4070 Ti$799

Nvidia GPU release speculation

The next GPUs that will be coming out are likely to be the RTX 4070 and RTX 4060 Ti. Though, this is just a rumor. Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang is set to give a keynote speech for GTC 2023 on March 21, 2023, starting at 4PM CET. This is meant to be surrounding upcoming AI products, though it seems like we’re overdue a new product release at some point very soon. The company has also issued a promotional video.

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RTX 5000 series speculation

The RTX 5000 series is nowhere to be found just yet. All we really know about the upcoming GPUs are that they will likely be based on a brand-new architecture. We do not yet know anything about the RTX 5000 series release date. Current rumors also suggest that the GPUs will be using TSMC’s 3nm process in order to produce the upcoming chips. We’ll be sure to keep you abreast of any further updates that we hear on the RTX 5000 series.