RTX 4090 Reviews

There's been a lot of speculation about NVIDIA's new RTX 4090 GPUs since well before they were officially announced last month. But today the rubber meets the road, as the first reviews of the giant new graphics cards are rolling out. These are for the Founders Edition, with reviews of third-party cards expected tomorrow. On a related note, NVIDIA announces new DLSS 3 games shipping this week, along with details on more arriving later this month. Here's a first review roundup:

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Oct 12, 2022, 21:04
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RedEye9 wrote on Oct 12, 2022, 13:37:
blinddog wrote on Oct 12, 2022, 11:59:
329500 ISK here on Iceland. That's about $2280. That's about 160 days of lunch at one of my favorite thai restaurants here. Can fuel up my car about 20 times. About my entire monthly income on disability.
And then there's the extra cost of a new PSU (42900 isk / $297 for a 1000w one).

How about... no thanks?
Don’t sell yourself short. You’d need to cough up at least another 200,000 to 400,000 króna.
Because you’d also need a new cpu, mb, ram and a super high refresh rate 4K monitor to take advantage of this beast. Surely you could sell plasma.

Indeed. I was just commenting by this single change alone, while blatantly ignoring other potential forced upgrades/changes (and all that stuff would *also* call for cooling options, even more costs).
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Oct 12, 2022, 18:15
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WaltSee wrote on Oct 12, 2022, 09:37:
Looks to be an impressive GPU...but I'll wait until the production models are shipping before making my mind up about this one. This may be a tough act to follow for AMD, we'll see! GPU is too big, costs too much, imo. EVGA dumping nVidia is understandable, as AIB versions will likely cost $500-$1k more! Market for $2k+ gaming GPUs is very small. nVidia will need to slap a 10-year warranty on this thing, imo.
Uhhh what? It's all shipping today, 4090 flavors. One day after the reviews embargo lifted. Some AIBs are the same $1600 price, I've not seen ANY for 1000 more??!
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Oct 12, 2022, 15:08
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Oct 12, 2022, 15:08
 
I've seen 3090's for as low as $870. But I'm waiting a bit longer. I think they can go lower. Note, my first 3090 I bought as soon as the price dipped below $2k. I want multiple. I'd probably be happy with 4 of them.
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Re: RTX 4090 Reviews
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Re: RTX 4090 Reviews Oct 12, 2022, 13:37
Oct 12, 2022, 13:37
 
blinddog wrote on Oct 12, 2022, 11:59:
329500 ISK here on Iceland. That's about $2280. That's about 160 days of lunch at one of my favorite thai restaurants here. Can fuel up my car about 20 times. About my entire monthly income on disability.
And then there's the extra cost of a new PSU (42900 isk / $297 for a 1000w one).

How about... no thanks?
Don’t sell yourself short. You’d need to cough up at least another 200,000 to 400,000 króna.
Because you’d also need a new cpu, mb, ram and a super high refresh rate 4K monitor to take advantage of this beast. Surely you could sell plasma.
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Re: RTX 4090 Reviews
Oct 12, 2022, 11:59
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Re: RTX 4090 Reviews Oct 12, 2022, 11:59
Oct 12, 2022, 11:59
 
329500 ISK here on Iceland. That's about $2280. That's about 160 days of lunch at one of my favorite thai restaurants here. Can fuel up my car about 20 times. About my entire monthly income on disability.
And then there's the extra cost of a new PSU (42900 isk / $297 for a 1000w one).

How about... no thanks?
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Re: RTX 4090 Reviews
Oct 12, 2022, 11:44
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Re: RTX 4090 Reviews Oct 12, 2022, 11:44
Oct 12, 2022, 11:44
 
VaranDragon wrote on Oct 12, 2022, 09:08:
So how much is a 3090 now in the US? Over here in Europe the prices have gone down to pre-mining levels but that's not saying a lot. They still cost about 1400-1600 EUR new.

I got mine a couple weeks ago for 1100 on Amazon and it included a free ROG card holder. It was as low as 999.99 on Newegg but sold out and I needed it badly so I paid a bit more. It was also the White edition which I wanted for my all white build, thus I was at their mercy.

At this point 3x series should drop in price however with the demand so high and availability low, stores will price higher than they're worth for sure.
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Oct 12, 2022, 10:00
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Bumpy wrote on Oct 11, 2022, 18:24:
Riahderymnmaddog wrote on Oct 11, 2022, 18:08:
Good why would anyone spend $1600 on a video card that can't even run at 60 fps at 8k! Ill wait for AMD!

Some people on Reddit are clamoring for this card so they can finally use all 360 Hz on their monitor. Someone pray for their poor soles.

Doesn't anyone remember like how spoiled it was to get 15fps running Vesa drivers with Doom or Quake?

Is there something wrong with their feet?
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Oct 12, 2022, 09:37
 
Looks to be an impressive GPU...but I'll wait until the production models are shipping before making my mind up about this one. This may be a tough act to follow for AMD, we'll see! GPU is too big, costs too much, imo. EVGA dumping nVidia is understandable, as AIB versions will likely cost $500-$1k more! Market for $2k+ gaming GPUs is very small. nVidia will need to slap a 10-year warranty on this thing, imo.
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Re: RTX 4090 Reviews
Oct 12, 2022, 09:08
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Re: RTX 4090 Reviews Oct 12, 2022, 09:08
Oct 12, 2022, 09:08
 
So how much is a 3090 now in the US? Over here in Europe the prices have gone down to pre-mining levels but that's not saying a lot. They still cost about 1400-1600 EUR new.
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Oct 12, 2022, 07:29
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noman wrote on Oct 11, 2022, 22:56:
Three generations of gains?? The first link you provided is from FarCry 6, and at 4K high quality, 4090 is 40% better than 6900XT.

You didn’t read it. I was referring to what he said about 2-6x improvement rumors, not the 40-80% gains that are being seen with the actual card. It’s a good deal for the performance and 24GB VRAM, but of course too expensive for gaming. This is a workstation card too. I’m waiting for an eventual 4070 release to see if I should upgrade my 3070.
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Oct 12, 2022, 05:56
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Oct 12, 2022, 05:56
 
ZandarKoad wrote on Oct 12, 2022, 04:16:
I am so, so, so very happy for what this card will do to 3090 prices, new and used. I'm going dual 3090s. 48 Gigs of vram is enough for fine-tuning GPT-J.
Just gotta find a motherboard that has the right spacing, and truly supports ECC ram...

all you late stage 30xx/6x00 buyers are the reason the prices for these new bad boys won't last long and save me a ton of money when the 7800xt comes out XD
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Oct 12, 2022, 04:16
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Oct 12, 2022, 04:16
 
I am so, so, so very happy for what this card will do to 3090 prices, new and used. I'm going dual 3090s. 48 Gigs of vram is enough for fine-tuning GPT-J.
Just gotta find a motherboard that has the right spacing, and truly supports ECC ram...
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Oct 12, 2022, 00:22
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Oct 12, 2022, 00:22
 
It's cool nVidia recreated the Voodoo 5, but seems like a poor business decision.

/jk Voodoo 5 didn't have a cane to support itself.
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Re: RTX 4090 Reviews
Oct 11, 2022, 22:56
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Re: RTX 4090 Reviews Oct 11, 2022, 22:56
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phinn wrote on Oct 11, 2022, 19:12:
You are enormously clueless if you thought a single GPU generation would see gains like that. That's ~3 gens of gains you're talking about. Nvidia never said that, and anyone with any understanding of GPUs would never think that.

Three generations of gains?? The first link you provided is from FarCry 6, and at 4K high quality, 4090 is 40% better than 6900XT (about $600-650) and 6800XT ($550-600). 40-60% improvement is what we used to get and at about the same price for one generation. That is, until both nVidia and AMD started stalling, and keeping generations last longer and for much smaller gains.

It's a fine card, but the $1600 price completely ruins it.

To clarify further, this card is an enormous let down for me, because it performs about 40% better compared to a $550-600 card, but costs $1600.
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Oct 11, 2022, 19:58
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Oct 11, 2022, 19:58
 
phinn wrote on Oct 11, 2022, 19:12:
Simon Says wrote on Oct 11, 2022, 18:44:
If anything, it's an ENORMOUS LETDOWN.

You are enormously clueless if you thought a single GPU generation would see gains like that.

You misunderstand, I had no personal emotional stake in this. I'm simply comparing the marketing VS facts and trying to set things straight.

And cherry picking isn't helpful either.

I look forward to the inevitable meta analysis of numerous reviews data taken together for a better idea, but I don't think the average will be far from 45 to 60%. It should pop up on /r/nvidia and/or /r/hardware in the coming week, it always does when there are big releases like this.
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Oct 11, 2022, 19:36
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Riahderymnmaddog wrote on Oct 11, 2022, 18:08:
Good why would anyone spend $1600 on a video card that can't even run at 60 fps at 8k! Ill wait for AMD!
Pfft. 8K is for peasants. It's all about 10K!
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Oct 11, 2022, 19:12
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Simon Says wrote on Oct 11, 2022, 18:44:
If anything, it's an ENORMOUS LETDOWN.

You are enormously clueless if you thought a single GPU generation would see gains like that. That's ~3 gens of gains you're talking about. Nvidia never said that, and anyone with any understanding of GPUs would never think that. Most people doubted these kinds of rasterization gains but they actually happened, this GPU is a huge jump from even the 3090 that came out 2 years ago in raw performance and perf/watt at a similar MSRP. 1440p and 4K benchmarks are seriously crazy and it actually gets CPU bottlenecked in a lot of cases on top of that. It's an amazing GPU, just very expensive. Try reading an actual review, there are tons of benchmarks without using the fake frame generation from DLSS 3. Not to mention Nvidia just confirmed the remaining DLSS improvements are coming to all RTX cards (I have a 3070FE so it's good to hear, would love to replace it with a 4070 if it sees similar gains at a more reasonable price). Imagine calling benchmarks like ones I'll link below a letdown lol at your absurd reply, it literally has 1% min frames above other GPU average frames it's incredible.

https://static.techspot.com/articles-info/2544/bench/FC6_4K-p.webp

https://static.techspot.com/articles-info/2544/bench/ACV_4K-p.webp

https://static.techspot.com/articles-info/2544/bench/Hunt_4K-p.webp

https://static.techspot.com/articles-info/2544/bench/HZD_4K-p.webp

https://static.techspot.com/articles-info/2544/bench/F1_4K-p.webp

https://static.techspot.com/articles-info/2544/bench/CP2077_4K-p.webp

https://static.techspot.com/articles-info/2544/bench/Halo_4K-p.webp

https://static.techspot.com/articles-info/2544/bench/Average_1440p-p.webp

https://static.techspot.com/articles-info/2544/bench/Average_4K-p.webp

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Re: RTX 4090 Reviews
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Re: RTX 4090 Reviews Oct 11, 2022, 19:08
Oct 11, 2022, 19:08
 
Simon Says wrote on Oct 11, 2022, 18:44:
phinn wrote on Oct 11, 2022, 13:15:
This GPU clearly exceeds expectations.

How does it "exceeds expectations"?

Expectations according to rumors were 2x raster perf increase and a more than 2x ray tracing perf increase VS. the previous top-end ( 3090ti ).
Both fell way short.

Nvidia's own claims were 2x to upto 6x!

Real performance increase?
On average across a wide selection of games it's ~44% ( Techpowerup ) to ~60% ( Hardware Unboxed ).

If anything, it's an ENORMOUS LETDOWN.
Nvidia used one benchmark with DLSS3 that inserts frames and considered that 6x boost. It's just a glorified "ProMotion" your TV has.
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Re: RTX 4090 Reviews
Oct 11, 2022, 18:44
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Oct 11, 2022, 18:44
 
phinn wrote on Oct 11, 2022, 13:15:
This GPU clearly exceeds expectations.

How does it "exceeds expectations"?

Expectations according to rumors were 2x raster perf increase and a more than 2x ray tracing perf increase VS. the previous top-end ( 3090ti ).
Both fell way short.

Nvidia's own claims were 2x to upto 6x!

Real performance increase?
On average across a wide selection of games it's ~44% ( Techpowerup ) to ~60% ( Hardware Unboxed ).

If anything, it's an ENORMOUS LETDOWN.
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Re: RTX 4090 Reviews
Oct 11, 2022, 18:24
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Oct 11, 2022, 18:24
 
Riahderymnmaddog wrote on Oct 11, 2022, 18:08:
Good why would anyone spend $1600 on a video card that can't even run at 60 fps at 8k! Ill wait for AMD!

Some people on Reddit are clamoring for this card so they can finally use all 360 Hz on their monitor. Someone pray for their poor soles.

Doesn't anyone remember like how spoiled it was to get 15fps running Vesa drivers with Doom or Quake?
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