Leakers have revealed the release date for Nvidia’s much-awaited GeForce RTX 4090. In addition, the date for the more affordable RTX 4080 has also been revealed.
The leaks come from Chiphell‘s Senior Editor, nApoleon, who claims that Nvidia is actually ahead of schedule with its new graphics cards. They state that the RTX 4090 has a release date sometime in October and will also be showcased at Nvidia’s GPU Technology Conference (GTC) 2022. The same person also claims that the RTX 4080 will be launching a month later in November.
While this is an unofficial and unverified leak, photos of supposed RTX 4090 cards by add-in-board (AIB) manufacturer Zotac may lend credence to it. The photos, which were reported on by Guru3D, have been circulating on Chinese social media platform Baidu.
That’s not the only new information that has been leaked. WCCFTech reports that, according to their sources, the RTX 4080 will come in two variants, a 16 GB GDDR6X model and a 12 GB GDDR6X model. The 16 GB model will have a reference thermal design power (TDP) of 340 watts and the 12 GB model will have a reference TDP of 285 watts. This represents a 20 percent difference in wattage alone which could hint at vastly different specifications between both models.
Additional reports expect that the 16 GB RTX 4080 model to utilize a 12-layer PCB design while the 12 GB model will only use a 10-layer design. In addition, the former will be aimed at both AIB and reference designs, while the latter will be AIB only.
Beyond the difference in the number of layers, rumors also state that the 12GB variant of the RTX 4080 will utilize a different PCB than the 16 GB design. This somewhat mirrors what Nvidia has already done with the current Ge Force RTX 3080, which comes in 10 GB and 12 GB variants. The latter was also only limited to AIB models and never saw a reference “Founders Edition” release.
As for prices for either the RTX 4090 or RTX 4080, none have been stated in any of the leaks. That said, it’s possible that the AIB versions will not get an MSRP with manufacturers dictating the price.
Of course, all this is based on supposed leaks and should be taken with a grain of salt. That said, it is highly likely that Nvidia will reveal the release date for the RTX 4090 at GTC 2022 next week.
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