Nvidia’s RTX 4090 has been spotted in what appear to be a manufacturer’s documents, indicating that the main graphics card is already in production.
At least that’s the theory, but we need some heavy spice with this leak – which comes from the Baidu (opens in new tab) forums (in China), as highlighted by a regular Twitter rumor seller, Harukaze5719 – because, as always, we can’t be sure that the documents photographed are genuine.
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That said, this lines up with what we’ve been hearing through rumors for some time now; namely that Nvidia is planning to release the RTX 4090 as the first Lovelace GPU.
If that’s the case, it makes sense that this would be the first card to go into production, which apparently happened here – and indeed the assembly lines went live on August 16, according to the leaked material.
As VideoCardz (opens in new tab), who spotted this leak on Twitter, explains, the name of the factory that manufactured the RTX 4090 has been blurred (to maintain the leaker’s anonymity), but it shows the production line timelines and that the GPU must be equipped with 24GB of memory. video (as per previous speculation). Oh, and also that the 4090 will have three DisplayPorts and an HDMI connector.
Analysis: Reasonable Doubts to Keep in Mind
As noted above, these documents suggest that Nvidia’s plan is to release the flagship RTX 4090 first, and if graphics cards are being made now, they will certainly be ready for an October release, which is the intended plan. In fact, this could point to an early October release deadline.
However, before we get carried away with this one, there are reasons to be skeptical of the source of the leak – Baidu is not the most solid place to spill – and in addition, there is another interesting snippet, as pointed out by online commentators.
Namely, that the docs indicate a production rate for the other Nvidia products listed, such as the RTX 3060 being manufactured at 139 units per hour on an assembly line (assuming everything works perfectly). The RTX 4090, however, has a blank entry in this column, which leaves some question marks as to what this could mean – possibly the docs were prepared before the GPU went into production, so the rate was unknown at the time. So, can we be sure that this schedule has been met?
To be fair, vine chatter like this will always have some what if and but around it, but if it’s genuine, we can take this as a positive sign that we will indeed see the RTX 4090 in October to launch the next-gen Lovelace. The question would still remain: how much longer will we have to wait for the other RTX 4000 GPUs to emerge?
This has been a debate of late, with Nvidia apparently having to weigh a decision between releasing the RTX 4080 and 4070 right after the Lovelace flagship, or delaying them – potentially until next year – to allow for rumors of excess battery life. stock their Ampere equivalents to sell more (to keep graphics card manufacturing partners happy).
And let’s face it, most gamers aren’t expecting the RTX 4090, with its undoubtedly high price point making it a niche proposition – most are looking at the two graphics cards below it, and probably the RTX 4070 in particular, considering as rumors are brewing around that the GPU is something special.