Nvidia’s RTX 4090 graphics card, which will hit shelves in less than two weeks, has been spotted in new leaked benchmarks that have caused a touch of disappointment among some people.
[GB5 GPU] Unknown GPUCPU: AMD Ryzen 9 7950X (16C 32T)Min/Max/Avg: 5549/5690/5685 MHzCodename: RaphaelCPUID: A60F12 (AuthenticAMD)GPU: GeForce RTX 4090API: CUDAScore: 417713, +168.6% vs. . //t.co/BFyQ6acdRYOctober 1, 2022
As always, we’ll remain skeptical and always keep in mind that counterfeiting may be at play, but the two reported scores for the RTX 4090 are 417,713 and 424,332, so essentially around the 420,000 mark.
Going by the Geekbench CUDA comparisons, this makes the RTX 4090 nearly 80% faster than its predecessor, the 3090, and about 60% faster than the fastest Ampere card, the RTX 3090 Ti.
Note that the PC on which Nvidia’s main GPU was tested had a Ryzen 9 7950X processor (on an X670E motherboard) and was equipped with 32GB of DDR5-6000 RAM, so the support cast, so to speak, was strong in this case. (As a side note, the 7950X achieved an average boost very close to 5.7 GHz through benchmarking.)
Analysis: Don’t rush and judge too soon
Geekbench CUDA is obviously a measure of heavy workloads (data center), so professional users will be more interested in seeing these results, not gamers. But it’s still interesting for all parties to see the relative power – add spice, naturally – of the RTX 4090 versus the RTX 3090 in the first non-Nvidia benchmark.
There are some who believe this is a good indicator for the kind of approximate performance we’ll get for standard games – i.e. raster as opposed to ray tracing, the latter of which has been Nvidia’s main focus for pre-game marketing. -launch before launch. the RTX 4090 is on sale. (Well, that and how much DLSS 3 will boost performance in a huge way, for games that support it anyway.)
Nvidia has said that next-gen Lovelace GPUs will be able to double the raster performance compared to Ampere graphics cards, but that’s a best-case scenario, and the gains for many PC games could drop slightly below that, and like mentioned, possibly in line with what we see here for these Geekbench CUDA runs.
We’ll see, but we wouldn’t actually read much about this leak – it’s just a test, after all, and it’s not a commonly reliable metric either.
In short, we need to reserve judgment for when we can fully assess the 4090’s powers across a set of different games and, of course, software. (Don’t forget, this GPU is actually more geared towards creative professionals who are willing to dig deep into their pockets to cover the exorbitant price, than enthusiast gamers – but the latter type of buyer, who should have the best gaming GPU, certainly exists, it’s just a niche category.)