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NVIDIA’s next-gen GeForce RTX 40 Founders Edition cooler for high-end GPUs allegedly leaked

Next-generation NVIDIA GeForce RTX 40-series Founders Edition designs allegedly leaked QbitLeaks. The new design shows us the updated Founders Edition GPU cooler that will be featured on high-end Ada Lovelace GPUs like the RTX 4090 and 4080.

NVIDIA’s massive GeForce RTX 40 Founders Edition cooler allegedly leaked, RTX 4090 and RTX 4080 graphics cards coming soon!

According to the leaker, this new cooler design will be part of the GTC ’22 keynote in two weeks’ time. No details were provided as to which card this is, but the updated shroud and fan design does match the RTX 4080 cooler that was leaked a few days ago. It looks like NVIDIA will reuse its existing cooler design and give it a slight visual makeover.

We saw in previous leaks that the heatsink under the shroud has been updated with a larger thermal contact surface area covering the GPU, VRAM and VRM. The fan has been updated to a 7-blade fan design and is also slightly larger, but the overall look of the shroud and design is largely the same as the current Founders Edition graphics card. This updated design should help provide better cooling for the power-hungry Ada Lovelace GPU. The cards will also use a PCIe Gen 5.0 connector interface and a Gen 5.0 power interface through a new 16-pin connector.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Founders Edition graphics card cooler/shroud leaks:

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Founders Edition graphics card cooler/shroud leaks:

The leaker called the photo a teaser for GTC, so we’re sure to see CEO Jensen talking about his next-gen lineup of games during the event. GTC has previously been a data center and HPC-specific event, but with the recent decline in NVIDIA’s revenue, mainly due to the decline in the gaming market, the company has repurposed its main event and dedicated it to gamers.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 “Expected” Specs

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 is expected to use a stripped-down AD103-300 GPU configuration, enabling 9,728 cores or 76 SMs in a total of 84 units, compared to the previous configuration offering 80 SMs or 10,240 cores. While the full GPU comes with 64 MB of L2 cache and up to 224 ROPs, the RTX 4080 may end up with 48 MB of L2 cache and a lower ROP due to its stripped-down design. The card is expected to be based on the PG136/139-SKU360 PCB.

As for memory specs, the GeForce RTX 4080 is expected to have 16 GB GDDR6X capacity, which is said to be adjustable at 23 Gbps over a 256-bit bus interface. This will provide up to 736 GB/s of bandwidth. That’s still a bit slower than the 760 GB/s bandwidth offered by the RTX 3080, which has a 320-bit interface, but only 10 GB in capacity. To compensate for the lower bandwidth, NVIDIA may integrate a next-generation memory compression suite to compensate for the 256-bit interface.

Power-wise, the TBP is now rated at 340W, a 20W increase over the 320W spec we previously got. This puts the TBP on par with existing RTX 3080 graphics cards (up to 350W). It’s unclear if other RTX 40-series graphics cards will also get faster GDDR6X memory processing, but we do know that Micron has already started full-scale mass production of GDDR6X memory modules up to 24 Gbps, so they have to go somewhere.

  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 “expected” TBP – 340W
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 “official” pending – 350W

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Series Preliminary Specifications:

Graphics card name NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080Ti Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 Ti Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080
GPU name Ada Lovelace AD102-250? Ada Lovelace AD103-300? Ampere GA102-225 Ampere GA102-200
process node TSMC 4N TSMC 4N Samsung 8nm Samsung 8nm
Die size ~450mm2 ~450mm2 628.4mm2 628.4mm2
transistor pending pending 28 billion 28 billion
CUDA core 14848 9728? 10240 8704
TMU/ROP Pending / 232? Pending / 214? 320 / 112 272/96
Tensor/RT Core pending / pending pending / pending 320 / 80 272 / 68
base clock pending pending 1365 MHz 1440 MHz
boost clock ~2600 MHz ~2500 MHz 1665 MHz 1710 MHz
FP32 computing ~55TFLOPs ~50 TFLOPs 34 TFLOPs 30 TFLOPs
RT TFLOPs pending pending 67 TFLOPs 58 TFLOPs
Tensor-TOP pending pending 273 likes 238 likes
Memory Capacity 20GB GDDR6X 16GB GDDR6X?
12GB GDDR6X?
12GB GDDR6X 10GB GDDR6X
memory bus 320 bits 256 bits?
192 bits?
384 bit 320 bits
memory speed 21.0 Gbps? 23.0 Gbps? 19Gbps 19Gbps
bandwidth 840 GB/sec 736 GB/sec?
552 GB/sec?
912Gbps 760Gbps
pending 450W 340W 350W 320W
Price (MSRP/FE) $1199? $699? $1199 $699
start (availability) 2023? July 2022? June 3, 2021 September 17, 2020

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 “Expected” Specs

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 will use 128 of the 144 SMs for a total of 16,384 CUDA cores. The GPU will come with 96 MB of L2 cache and a total of 384 ROPs, which is insane. Clock speeds are yet to be determined, but considering the TSMC 4N process is being used, we expect clocks in the 2.0-3.0 GHz range.

As for memory specs, the GeForce RTX 4090 is expected to have 24 GB of GDDR6X capacity running at 21 Gbps over a 384-bit bus interface. This will provide up to 1 TB/s of bandwidth. That’s the same bandwidth as the existing RTX 3090 Ti graphics card, and in terms of power consumption, the TBP is said to be rated at 450W, which means the TGP could end up falling below that. The card will be powered by a 16-pin connector that can provide up to 600W of power. As we’ve seen with the RTX 3090 Ti, we’re likely to get a 500W+ custom design.

As for its feature set, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 and RTX 4080 graphics cards will rock all modern NV feature sets such as the latest 4th Gen Tensor Cores, 3rd Gen RT Cores, the latest NVENC encoders and NVCDEC decoders, and support the latest API. They will also include all modern RTX features such as DLSS, Reflex, Broadcast, Resizable-BAR, Freestyle, Ansel, Highlights, Shadowplay and G-SYNC support.

  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 “Expected” TBP – 450W
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 “official” pending – 350W

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Ti and RTX 4090 “preliminary” specs:

Graphics card name Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 Ti Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 Ti Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090
GPU name Ada Lovelace AD102-350? Ada Lovelace AD102-300? Ampere GA102-350 Ampere GA102-300
process node TSMC 4N TSMC 4N Samsung 8nm Samsung 8nm
Die size ~600mm2 ~600mm2 628.4mm2 628.4mm2
transistor pending pending 28 billion 28 billion
CUDA core 18432 16128 10752 10496
TMU/ROP pending / 384 pending / 384 336 / 112 328/112
Tensor/RT Core pending / pending pending / pending 336 / 84 328/82
base clock pending pending 1560 MHz 1400 MHz
boost clock ~2800 MHz ~2600 MHz 1860 MHz 1700 MHz
FP32 computing ~103 TFLOPs ~90 TFLOPs 40 TFLOPs 36 TFLOPs
RT TFLOPs pending pending 74 TFLOPs 69 TFLOPs
Tensor-TOP pending pending 320 tops 285 likes
Memory Capacity 24GB GDDR6X 24GB GDDR6X 24GB GDDR6X 24GB GDDR6X
memory bus 384 bit 384 bit 384 bit 384 bit
memory speed 24.0Gbps 21.0Gbps 21.0Gbps 19.5Gbps
bandwidth 1152 GB/sec 1008 GB/sec 1008 GB/sec 936Gbps
Three Gorges Project 600W 450W 450W 350W
Price (MSRP/FE) $1999? $1499? $1999 $1499
start (availability) 2023? October 2022? March 29, 2022 September 24, 2020

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 40-series graphics cards, including the RTX 4080 and RTX 4070 graphics cards, will be one of the first graphics cards to be released for gamers alongside the RTX 4090. As of now, the RTX 4090 is expected to be announced on October 22nd, but is expected to be announced at NVIDIA’s GTC keynote later this month.

Which NVIDIA GeForce RTX 40-series graphics card are you most looking forward to?

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