According to our resident Twitter leaker @kopite7kimi, Nvidia’s upcoming GeForce RTX 4090 broke the 15,000-point barrier in 3DMark Time Spy Extreme with a bang, with a record-breaking 19,000-point graphics score in the famous benchmark. Also, if Kopite’s news is accurate, it puts the RTX 4090’s performance barrier well ahead of anything available today, including liquid nitrogen-cooled RTX 3090 Ti GPUs.
For some perspective, the current reigning champion of the 3DMark TimeSpy Extreme benchmark is user ‘biso biso’, with a world record breaking LN2 cooled EVGA RTX 3090 Ti Kingpin Edition graphics card graphic score of 14,611 points.
Again, if the Kopites data is real, Nvidia’s engineering samples of the 4090 are already reaching TimeSpy Extreme scores 30% higher than the highest overclocked RTX 3090 Ti running today (not to mention the normal RTX 3090 Ti). As a result, we may see even higher scores once the RTX 4090 hits the market.
This data seems to confirm what we’ve already heard in the past: that Nvidia’s RTX 40 series will feature one of the most significant performance jumps we’ve seen in a generation of Nvidia GPUs.
Current rumors speculate that the top die for the 40 series, the AD102, will contain 71% more CUDA cores and SMs than Ampere’s largest die GA102. It will also reportedly feature similar or higher clock speeds compared to the RTX 30 series, thanks to the more efficient TSMC 5nm process. We don’t expect the rest of Nvidia’s 40-series matrices to pick up the same increase in core count, but they’re all expected to pick up a lot more cores if 71% is the ceiling for the 40-series.
Power consumption is also rumored to rise significantly, with flagship 40-series cards rumored to reach 500 to 600 watts of power consumption.
As a result, high performance should be expected to offset the crazy high power demands for the 40 series. However, take this news with a grain of salt as we don’t have full confirmation of this data. But it has merit based on the current information we have about Nvidia’s next generation GPUs.