Finally, the day has arrived… With the first embargo NDA permitting GPU reviewers worldwide to release their GeForce RTX 4090 Founders Edition reviews, NVIDIA’s new VIPERA NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Founders Edition Graphic Card has been made public.
Since nearly the very beginning of the business, Nvidia has been a major player in the PC graphics market.
It is difficult to assess the statement’s exact veracity without meticulously going over the decades’ worth of previous product offers. However, we can now claim that could very well be true after testing and evaluating our first new card built using the Ada Lovelace design.
The performance improvements included into the new VIPERA NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Founders Edition Graphic Card are huge and, if not the largest generational performance leap for the firm, then close. As long as you are playing reasonably recent games at 4K resolution, there is currently nothing that even comes close to it.
VIPERA NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Founders Edition Graphic Card Design & Overview
The RTX 4090 itself must be addressed first because it’s the proverbial “elephant in the room.” This enormous graphics card is about the same size as the equally enormous 3090 Ti that came before it. It has three slots and weighs a little more than five and a half pounds. It uses the same silver and black color scheme as the 30-series cards Nvidia debuted two years ago, yet it is still enormous and magnificent.
Even when compared to the still-awesome RTX 3090 Ti, Nvidia’s developers produced an amazing feature list. It has 16,384 CUDA cores, an increase from the RTX 3090 Ti’s 10,752 cores.
With a base frequency of 2.23GHz that can be overclocked to 2.52GHz and 24GB of GDDR6 VRAM, it boasts an increase in computing capability of 83 shader teraflops from the 3090 Ti, 1,321 tensor teraflops from the 3090 Ti, and 191 ray tracing teraflops from the 3090 Ti.
All of those are big jumps. However, as we have frequently observed, doubling the core or shader counts alone does not guarantee that game performance would increase by a factor of two. But in this instance, Nvidia has achieved some notable successes, and the increase I’ve noticed in the majority of my testing is unquestionably greater than a just incremental improvement. This is a significant generational advance.
VIPERA NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Founders Edition Graphic Card is obviously made to dominate 4K gaming, but its 24GB of GDDR6X video memory should appeal to both pros and creators. Even the most demanding games today would find it excessive, but if you’re making 3D models, that capability will speed up rendering.
With 24GB, OctaneRenderer will seldom need to use the system’s RAM and will instead make use of the card’s quicker frame buffer, which will significantly speed up rendering. Similar to how you can work in the viewport while your render completes in Blender, you can do so.
Additionally, these programs work much better when used. Thanks to the GPU’s AI processors, denoising renderings happen significantly more quickly. But if you’re a game developer using Unity, Unreal Engine, or Nvidia Omniverse, the support for DLSS 3 could be the most striking advancement.
Real-time, ray-traced renderings at a small fraction of performance cost are advantageous, just as they are for video games. In comparison to the RTX 3090 Ti, Nvidia asserts that rendering performance may be up to four times quicker.
A dedicated workstation GPU will still be the best option if you’re a skilled 3D artist. Nvidia’s workstation cards are specifically tuned for professional producers, just like RTX cards are for gaming.
However, the cost of those improvements has also increased. The RTX 4090 is a great middle ground if you work for a small company or are working alone on a project from home and will save you hundreds of dollars compared to its workstation equivalent.
Support for AV1 encoding is another significant improvement in this iteration. With the help of the compression codec AV1, you may render and stream videos in greater quality while using less bandwidth. Although AV1 decoding was supported by the RTX 30-series, encoder support is crucial for the production process.
You can improve the video quality of your live streaming without also raising your bandwidth because it is so effective. Similarly, DaVinci Resolves may reduce video rendering times by up to 50%.
Enormous power generates enormous heat, but Nvidia has improved the architecture of its cooling as well. Things appear to be mostly the same from the outside.
The huge, overlapping heatsink and dual-axial architecture are identical to what we seen in the previous iteration. As a result, hot air may be shed out of the casing and blown directly through by the back fan. To improve airflow and reduce noise, Nvidia used bigger, fluid-bearing fans this time.
Additionally, the area between the fins has been improved to boost airflow by up to 15%. When this design first appeared on the 30-series, we were pleased. It still functions well today as it did before. The VIPERA NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Founders Edition Graphic Card max temperature during our tests was 64.7C, which is outstanding for a high-performance card utilizing an OEM cooler.
VIPERA NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Founders Edition Graphic Card Specifications
|NVIDIA CUDA® Cores
|Boost Clock (GHz)
|Base Clock (GHz)
|Standard Memory Config
|24 GB GDDR6X
|Memory Interface Width
|Ray Tracing Cores
|Maximum Digital Resolution
|Standard Display Connectors
|HDMI(2), 3x DisplayPort(3)
|Graphics Card Power (W)
|Minimum System Power (W)
VIPERA NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Founders Edition Graphic Card Conclusion
This card is all about extreme gaming performance at 4K (with some future-proofing for 8K!). We can’t think of a good reason to advise against purchasing a GeForce RTX 4090 if that is what you are wanting and pricing is not a major concern. It is even more “affordable” than the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 Ti at $1,599, and the card shouldn’t have any performance concerns for a very long time.
Just make sure your PC is capable of handling it because of the intimidatingly high power requirements and enormous physical size. To go along with your beast-mode card, you might need to take into account components like a larger case and a new PSU.
VIPERA NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Founders Edition Graphic Card