a monster of performance... and consumption

a monster of performance… and consumption


Nothing stops Nvidia in its race for power, not even the consumption of its cards.

Even though the latest rumors on the matter ultimately proved incorrect, most observers still expect Nvidia to unveil Lovelace, its next generation of graphics cards, before the end of the year. And according to the famous insider @kopite7kimi, we can expect real war machines.

Recently, the interested party published on Twitter a benchmark score for the future RTX 4090 which will sit at the top of the range. He claims that this card could achieve a score of 19,000 on Time Spy Extreme, a benchmark specializing in graphics performance applied to gaming which is part of the 3DMark suite.

If these figures are true, the 4090 would unsurprisingly win the title of the most powerful graphics card on the market. For reference, according to several hardware watchers, that’s almost double the score of the RTX 3090 Founder’s Edition! According to Gizmodo, it’s even 30% more than the EVGA RTX 3090 Ti Kingpin Edition, a graphics card monster cooled… with liquid nitrogen.

Ultra-powerful… and tastier than ever

Always take these isolated benchmarks with a grain of salt; but these figures seem in any case more reasonable than the prognoses which flourished last autumn, then again this spring. Indeed, some insiders claimed that this card would be 2.5-3x faster than the RTX 3090, which sounded too good to be true.

Anyway, a score approaching +100% on TSE would already be very impressive; remember that as a general rule, the overall power of the cards increases by 15 to 25% per generation according to the numerous benchmarks carried out since. For example, Nvidia improved the power of the RTX 3080 by about 23% over the RTX 2080. The latter was itself about 18% faster than the GTX 1080.

On the other hand, this score must be qualified by looking at the energy performance of the beast. Tech players aren’t all in complete agreement on the precise numbers, but they’re unanimous on one point: these cards are going to have an absolutely gargantuan appetite, well beyond any other consumer GPU to date.

For the future RTX 4090 Ti, the Hardware Times mentions for example a downright surreal TDP of around… 800W ! On the side of Tom’s Hardware and Gizmodo, we are talking more about 450W for the standard RTX 3090. But the conclusion remains the same: the 40X0 generation will cost significantly more to use than any other card to date.

A pivotal generation in the GPU market

It will be interesting to see how the competition will respond. AMD’s new Radeon 7000 cards should also be unveiled at the same time, namely by the end of the year. And the orange team could have a real card to play if it manages to offer more reasonable products at this level.

We should also mention the gradual arrival of the Arc series graphics cards produced by Intel. Even if it is still quite difficult to know exactly what to expect with the great return of the blue team to this segment, these are objects that promise to be particularly innovative on several levels.

Intel has notably hinted that it would pay particular attention to the energy budget of its cards. And the more the arrival of the next generations becomes clearer, the more this philosophy seems judicious. It will therefore be very interesting to see what this first generation will be capable of in terms of raw performance, but also to observe how each of these actors will position themselves in this new threesome.

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