The time has come for a fresh graphics refresh - two years after its last significant technological breakthrough, Nvidia has today unveiled the GeForce RTX 40 Series GPUs - the market leader''s vision for the next generation of PC graphics technology.
In a lengthy keynote presentation that emphasized everything from gaming graphics to the use of Nvidia AI to improve self-driving cars, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang discussed the company''s future vision, powered by the new Ada Lovelace architecture, named after the famous mathematician who is often referred to as the first-ever computer programr.
The new Lovelace architecture has a significant power gain, resulting in substantial gains for the new 40 series GPUs, of which, initially, three will be added.
The RTX 4090 is the new model, which claims to offer up to four times the performance of its direct predecessor, while also increasing memory capacity. It will be released on October 12th, and at that point will be the most powerful consumer GPU on the market. All that power does not come cheap, however - it will set you back $1599.
Two variations of the RTX 4080 will be joined by a month later. Memory is the primary difference between the two iterations, with a 16gb version and a 12gb version releasing simultaneously. This is supposedly equivalent in power to the RTX 3080 Ti, but also gains access to some new 40-series exclusive features. The 16gb model will cost $1199, while the 12gb version will cost players $899.
The 40 series GPUs have made several improvements over the previous-generation versions, including a new generation of RT Cores and Tensor Cores, while increasing the throughput in their streaming multiprocessors.
Our friends at DigitalFoundry have had an opportunity to see the 4090 already - weve embedded their coverage teaser video early on in this article. We have got our official VG247 testing in the near future, so look forward to that.
The biggest piece of news, aside from the new hardware, is the release of DLSS 3.0, an improved version of Deep Learning Super Sampling, which allows players to achieve higher frame rates in games without experiencing any visual fidelity loss. DLSS, aka Deep Learning Super Sampling, has been around for a while, but this new version is exclusive to the 40 series, in a way that is likely to frustrate people who have 20 series cards that are a couple of years old or new.
DLSS 3 will require developers to update their games to support it, but there are already 35 games and applications that will support it from the start. In the broadcast, Nvidia highlighted the improvement and performance gains the feature unlocks in a few games, giving a peek at what gamers can expect.
With DLSS off, it manages 22 fps, then flick on DLSS 2 and get 62fps. In Microsoft Flight Simulator, DLSS 3 pushes the frame rate from around 60fps, and DLSS 3 pushes the limit of up to 120fps, bringing the same result.
Despite the initial amount of money and how much it takes to run as energy prices increase, it appears to be staggering. However, it''s fantastic to see a fresh generation of graphics hardware, and we can''t wait to see it. Keep it here - as soon as we can get hands-on.