Nvidia is expected to release its next-generation GeForce RTX 40-series GPUs later this year, but a new leak is giving us a sneak peek at the potential performance of these long-awaited graphics cards. According to Twitter Leaker @kopite7kimi, Nvidia’s RTX 4090 desktop GPU scored over 19,000 points in the 3DMark Time Spy Extreme synthetic benchmark test. If accurate, this leak makes the RTX 4090 Nvidia’s fastest gaming card to date, nearly doubling the benchmark RTX 3090 and beating the current leader, the cooled EVGA RTX 3090 Ti Kingpin Edition LN2, at 30%.
It is an individual and non-specific standard, so you should not take it seriously. However, the source has a respected track record, and previous rumors suggest that the next GPU may be able to make such significant gains. In fact, this same leaker wrote in May that the RTX 4090 can “twice the performance” of the RTX 3090, and an earlier rumor suggests we can get a 2.5x boost for the same power. Gamers hoping to get the finish should be interested in the rumored Time Spy Extreme standard: 2x magnification is enormous Compared to the 10-20% performance gains we see in a typical upgrade.
There’s only one asterisk to put in this score, which is sure to make some AMD fans laugh. If you’re familiar with RTX 40 series rumors, you’ve likely shared our concerns: rumored The upcoming Nivdia flagship cards will reach a total wattage of 600 watts of power consumption (or 450 watts for the card itself). If the RTX 4090 really requires that much power, this benchmark isn’t as impressive a feat as it seems. What we really want are efficiency gains along with performance improvements.
If the radiated power specification is correct, heat management will also be a major concern. Vendors will need to be smart with their cooling systems to prevent the card from overheating. Larger heatsinks and more efficient fans will be paired with larger power sources to keep RTX 4090-equipped systems running. Not to mention, Nvidia could risk scrutiny from government agencies due to a renewed focus on energy prices and reduced electricity consumption.
Other rumors suggest that the RTX 4090, which will be the first Lovelace GPU to be released, will reach an operating speed of 2.5GHz or slightly higher. When Nvidia launches its RTX 40-series GPUs later this year, possibly in October, it will rival AMD’s Radeon RX 7000-series, the first to be based on the new RDNA 3 architecture.