Rumour suggests next-gen Nvidia RTX 4090 is 82 per cent faster than RTX 3090

At what cost though?

3DMark Time Spy Extreme

Twitter user @kopite7kimi is back with another rumour, this time stating that Nvidia’s upcoming GeForce RTX 4090 hits more than 19,000 marks in 3DMark Time Spy Extreme graphic benchmark.

With such a score, RTX 4090 would be 66 per cent faster than an RTX 3090 Ti (11,400 points), or 82 per cent than an RTX 3090 (10,400 points). Take these numbers with a grain of salt, however, as we note the metric references only graphic scores, thus excluding any CPU results.

If you are new to 3DMark, Time Spy Extreme is a 4K DirectX 12 benchmark using rasterisation, so no ray tracing to be found here. Time Spy Extreme is a reasonable test for the latest high-end graphics cards thanks to its high demands. While you don’t need a 4K monitor to run it, you will need a GPU with at least 4GB of dedicated memory.

If we look one generation back, going from an RTX 2080 Ti (6,300 points) to an RTX 3090 Ti (11,400 points) yielded an 80 per cent uplift, making these rumour more plausible, but at the same time less exceptional. With that said, @kopite7kimi also pointed towards Ada Lovelace’s overclocking potential, which should further improve scores.

Fun fact: the current record holder biso biso, who achieved 14,611 graphics score using an RTX 3090 Ti running at 2,850MHz. The first slew of RTX 4090 GPUs ought to take that score to the cleaners.

Before we wrap things up, here is a little recap of what we know about the RTX 4090. Based on AD102-300 GPU, it offers 16,384 Cuda Cores (52 per cent more than RTX 3090 Ti) and 96MB of L2 cache. For memory there is 24GB of 21Gbps GDDR6X running on a 384-bit bus, translating into 1,008GB/s of bandwidth. As for frequency, we figure it will run 2,235MHz base and 2,520MHz boost clocks with a maximum of 2,750MHz, all at a TGP around 450W. The card should be powered by a single 16-pin connector. Roll on October to see if this rumour does indeed pan out.