Nvidia officially announces the RTX 4090 and 4080 Desktop GPUs

Nvidia has announced a new flagship GPU as part of its RTX 4000 series of graphics cards, the successor to its two-year-old RTX 3000 series.

Using Nvidia’s new Ada Lovelace architecture, which uses third-generation DLSS, the first GPU is the GeForce RTX 4090, which includes 24 GB of G6X memory and is said to be two to four times faster than the RTX 3090 Ti, Nvidia ‘s previous flagship GPU . The RTX 4090 will cost $1599 and will be released on October 12th.

The RTX 4080 was also announced and includes two memory configurations: 12GB and 16GB. The RTX 4080 is claimed to be two to four times faster than the RTX 3080 Ti. While no release date has been given to the RTX 4080 GPUs, Nvidia says the cards will be released sometime in November. The RTX 4080 with 12GB G6X memory will sell for $899, while the 16GB variant will cost $1,199.

During the presentation, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang went into detail about the RTX 40’s new graphics architecture. Huang notes that the Ada architecture includes third-generation RTX, which boasts new features including real-time path detection as well as third-generation Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS). DLSS 3 is said to be able to generate additional frames and increase game performance by up to two times.

An overview of the first three RTX generations.  |  Image: Nvidia

An overview of the first three RTX generations. | Image: Nvidia

Taylor is the Associate Tech Editor at IGN. You can follow her on Twitter @TayNixter.

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