Nvidia RTX 4090 GPU Rumor Suggests You Might Need a PSU Upgrade

Nvidia’s RTX 4090, or whatever the next-gen flagship is called, will be a very power-hungry graphics card, according to another rumor.

Yeah, we’ve been hearing this for a while now, but the latest take from well-known leaker Kopite7kimi is that one of their sources says the RTX 4090 could run with a 600W TGP (that’s full graphics power, that’s i.e. the maximum power delivered to the card).

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It’s another staggering number – or potential number, we should clarify – to add to a long list of wattage ratings that have been theorized for quite a while now.

Consider this speculation, of course, because even though the hardware leaker mentions that it’s “confirmed”, it’s clearly just a rumor as Kopite7kimi adds that they think it’s “too ​early to talk about it” – which means we shouldn’t jump to conclusions yet.


Analysis: Massive increase in performance, but with major power reserves?

In fact, in the past we have heard some even more disturbing predictions about how much power Nvidia’s next-gen flagship could consume. Like 800W or 850W – which seems like a really ridiculous TGP to us, and we just don’t buy that Team Green would consider going that far, even with the super expensive high-end graphics card for the ‘Lovelace’ generation (presumably RTX 4000 as mentioned).

Earlier speculations floated the idea of ​​a 450W or 500W max power draw for the RTX 4090, or maybe even a bit more, so throw away that latest 600W prediction, and whatever which you break things down, it looks like Lovelace’s flagship is more than likely going to be pretty heavy on your PC’s power supply. (Remember, the RTX 3090 has a TGP of 350W, to put things into perspective with Nvidia’s current lineup.)

After all, there have been strong rumors that Nvidia was aiming for a big performance boost with the 4090, and a much beefier flagship in that respect, and so the somewhat steeply increasing power requirements certainly doesn’t seem out of the question. question in the light of this objective.

There are, however, issues with such a power-hungry GPU. What kind of power supply will you need to run this? 1000 W, or even 1200 W, say? And besides, what type of chiller will be needed? How big will the map be as a result? The wit is mind boggling regarding these sorts of issues if the upper bounds that the rumor mill ruminates on are close to the truth.

You could point out that the RTX 4090 is going to be a stupidly powerful and probably very expensive graphics card that the average consumer isn’t going to approach anyway, and of course you’d be absolutely right. It’s not a mainstream computer card, just like the 3090 was not.

But the thing is, power requirements would likely be increased somewhat online when it comes to the RTX 4080 – rumors have also suggested this (like 450W for the 4080) – and possibly even lesser graphics cards, lower in the range, which more traditional consumers will want to buy.

So it’s not unpredictable that these consumers might run into complications with their PSU not being good enough (and upgrading a PSU doesn’t just make buying a new more expensive GPU, it’s also a real headache). And that’s before we even start to consider thorny issues like soaring energy costs in the contemporary world, and issues related to the need to be more environmentally friendly with the use of resources .

So while we can’t get carried away with this early speculation, given the weight of rumors that Nvidia might be getting heavy on the power consumption front, we can’t help but be a little concerned. by all possible ramifications as shown.

Via VideoCardz

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