Nvidia RTX 4090 Liveblog: What we expect to see at GTC 2022
…and we’re back! Thank you to our American colleagues – the UK team will take over as we get closer and oh-so-closer at Nvidia’s “GeForce Beyond” presentation at the GTC today. Fake GPU leaks aside, Nvidia has leaked tiny teasers in the lead up to the RTX 4090 reveal event.
We have a new design for the GeForce RTX logo, which is such a minor change that you have to imagine Nvidia’s graphic design staff aren’t being paid enough. The Nvidia logo has had its colors reversed from white to black, the “RTX” is a bit smaller, and the angled line on the right edge has been straightened into a vertical vertical border. This is apparently considered news.
Perhaps more excitingly, Nvidia also teased an image of a Discord user (with a profile picture of Ada Lovelace) asking “how much faster?” and a post-it note on a computer screen bearing the hastily scrawled memo “TI or Tie?”
Now, it seems unlikely that Nvidia will release an RTX 4090 Ti from the get-go – this note is likely a humorous nod to the ongoing pronunciation debate surrounding the ‘Ti’ moniker – but we’re amplified nonetheless. Currently, leaks suggest that what we will be see at the event is the RTX 4090 and two different versions of the RTX 4080, one with 12 GB of VRAM and one with 16 GB; the first of these two cards was previously believed to be the RTX 4070.
And, with all that, we’re going to take a short break while the UK wakes up and the UK team at TechRadar takes over the live blog.
That said, I don’t want the moment to pass without mentioning that Queen Elizabeth II passed away two weeks ago. Obviously I’m American so the death of the Queen doesn’t concern me much but a British colleague told me today that it was as if President Joe Biden went on TV this morning and had said that the American flag was going to be different from this moment on, for better or for worse.
Is it really important to move forward? Not really. But it obviously is.
I wish you all, wherever you are, a beautiful evening. Be nice to each other.
WHERE ARE JENSEN’S FINGERS???
Honestly, WTAF Videocardz?
Yeah, the more I look at it, this “leaked” RTX 4090 is fake as hell.
It’s an awful picture, with the map’s sharpness and Jensen Huang’s sharpness being drastically out of step. If that’s a legit image, that’s some whack multiverse nonsense that Nvidia is trying to pull off, which even as ridiculous as the multiverse stuff being what it is, it’s just too shitty to pass. This is a reddit Photoshop fails at shit level.
Honestly, this RTX 4090 image is so bad that I’m tipping Videocardz as the source even to post this. This photo is awful.
So Videocardz just “disclosed” the Nvidia RTX 4090 (opens in a new tab) , and there is at least something for that, namely the new font brand I mentioned in my RTX 4080/4090 article. That said, this photo looks Photoshopped to hell and back.
We will now talk about the RTX 4070. This is the mystery card. Will we see the RTX 4070? Where is the RTX 4070? Will the RTX 4070 really be as powerful as the RTX 3090?
The only card we know less about is the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060, but that’s for another time. The Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 is arguably the most exciting card in the Nvidia Lovelace lineup, as it’s the best graphics card most people will be able to afford, especially with the ongoing cost of living crises in the world. world.
But, we know very little about this card, and given that it was the last card from the initial RTX 3000 series launch lineup to hit the market, we might see something similar here. , with the RTX 4070 announced tomorrow but not actually released until late November at the earliest.
So what about the RTX 4080?
We’ve received a lot less information about the RTX 4080 in recent weeks, but there’s still a chance we’ll also receive an RTX 4080 announcement tomorrow. The best evidence for this is entirely speculation on my part, which I’ve been delving into recently, but basically it’s that the leaked photos of the RTX 4080 in production look pretty authentic, and so that’s probably right behind the RTX 4090 in release conditions.
Staggered versions are obviously nothing new, and there’s every reason to think that Nvidia Lovelace will be the same. If we expect the RTX 4090 in October, the RTX 4080 could appear in late October, early November, hence the RTX 4080 would be in the early stages of production unit rollouts.
It could still give us an announcement tomorrow, although the release date could be later, which we saw with Nvidia Ampere.
Without a doubt, we expect to see the Nvidia RTX 4090 tomorrow at Nvidia’s event. First of all, it’s called “GeForce Beyond”, and since GeForce is Nvidia’s consumer graphics card brand, there’s no doubt that it’s going to be a consumer product event as opposed to enterprise cloud computing systems or something similar.
Second, in a recent teaser for tomorrow’s event posted on Nvidia’s GeForce Twitter account, Nvidia subtly teased the game by showing off a computer desktop with a monitor displaying a GeForce background, and the computer program of Ada Lovelace for calculating Bernoulli numbers using Charles Babbage’s theoretical analytical method. Engine on the desk.
Lovelace, of course, is Nvidia’s code name for its next generation of graphics hardware, so there’s not much mystery surrounding what will be unveiled tomorrow.
Now when Nvidia Ampere was first introduced in 2020 it was not for a consumer product but rather for server and enterprise computing so there is precedent for showing off the computing architecture before releasing it for a consumer product. But it was also at the start of the 2020 Covid pandemic, and Nvidia was specifically highlighting how its new architecture was helping researchers combat the novel coronavirus. Given the circumstances, we don’t think Nvidia is looking to show off the tech this time around without a product.
A big part of that is both the product release cadence (it’s been two years since the launch of the RTX 3000 series) and a number of leaked photos of the RTX 4090 with third-party manufacturers and partners including Gigabyte, Zotac and Lenovo. These cards are entering systems and retail packaging as we speak, so there’s no reason to think Nvidia won’t at least unveil the RTX 4090 tomorrow.
Welcome to TechRadar’s Nvidia RTX 4090 Announcement Live Blog! I’m John Loeffler, TechRadar’s US IT Editor, and I’m kicking off here at less than 4 p.m. on what should be one of the biggest announcements of the year for the IT team – and yes, even bigger than a new MacBook.
Later, I will be joined by Christian Guyton, UK IT Editor, and Matthew Hanson, TechRadar’s IT and Home Entertainment Editor, to help cover the preparation for the announcement tomorrow at 8:00 a.m. PDT / 11:00 a.m. EDT / 4:00 p.m. BDT.
There’s a lot to discuss ahead of the announcement, so let’s dive deeper into the very first thing: what we expect to see tomorrow.