What happened now? Deep-pocketed PC gamers who want the best hardware as soon as it launches will have October 12 in their diaries. That’s when the first of Nvidia’s RTX 4000 series, the RTX 4090, comes along. In preparation, Newegg listed several third-party cards that range in price from Nvidia’s recommended $1,599 to $1,999.
Newegg Ten RTX 4090 cards are listed, including models from MSI, Gigabyte, and Asus. Prices start at $1599 for the Gigabyte Windforce and go up to $1999 for the Asus ROG OC Edition.
One of the cards, the $1,749 MSI Suprim, has a hybrid AIO cooling solution in the form of a 240mm radiator and a pair of 120m Silent Gale P12 fans. The most expensive of these, a factory overclocked Asus ROG OC with three fans, recommends a 1000W PSU – Nvidia recommends a minimum of 850W for its upcoming flagship.
Of course, none of these cards are cheap, and many consumers are less likely to make large purchases during this period of soaring inflation and rising costs of living. It will also be interesting to see what happens to the scalpers; Will people be happy to pay even more for an RTX 4090, especially when the prices of the admittedly less powerful, high-end Ampere cards have dropped so much?
Some people are looking boycott Lovelace cards due to their high cost and (probably) RTX 4080 12GB/RTX 4070 controversy. You can always try to win one.
Now that Ethereum has moved from Proof-of-Work to Proof-of-Stake, we won’t see crypto miners bulk buying RTX 4090 cards, which was a huge problem for this generation when cryptocurrency prices hit record highs. high.
October 12th is also the date Intel finally releases its Arc A770 graphics card. It starts at just $329 and the blue team says the Alchemist entry will offer performance somewhere between the RTX 3060 and RTX 3060 Ti. This is a far cry from the RTX 4090, which is so fast that Blizzard had to increase the FPS cap in Overwatch 2; it can push an upcoming game to over 500fps at native 1440p, but then the RTX 4090 is five times more expensive than the Arc A770.