Nvidia RTX 4090 Liveblog: What We Expect to See in the GTC 2022


If you’re worried about a repeat of the previous generation’s terrible GPU shortages, don’t worry. There were many factors at play during the RTX 3000 graphics card shortage, most of which are no longer a major concern.

For starters, the launch of the RTX 4000 series will not be as impacted by COVID-19. A global pandemic has seen manufacturing and supply chain issues across the tech hardware sector, with Intel’s troubled Arc GPU series being particularly hard hit. Production of the RTX 3000 was obviously thwarted as a result, but companies have adapted and COVID shouldn’t create such huge hurdles this time around.

Crypto mining was also a big issue, with many GPUs being stolen by bots, miners, and scalpers. Conventional cryptocurrency mining rigs typically use multiple high-end graphics cards to maximize processing power, but since the massive collapse of the cryptocurrency market earlier this year, miners have been selling their GPUs in an attempt to cut their losses.

It’s also worth noting that Ethereum – one of the biggest cryptocurrencies right now – has recently switched to a new system called ‘Proof-of-Stake’, which makes mining with GPUs redundant. Our US computing editor John Loeffler goes into detail about it here.

Ultimately, Nvidia returned to the reassuring bosom of TSMC for the manufacture of the RTX 4000 series chips. Nvidia is a ‘no-fable’ company, meaning that it outsources the factory fabrication of its GPU chips. It previously used Taiwan-based TSMC, but switched to Samsung to produce the consumer RTX 3000 GPUs – a move that proved problematic as Samsung’s cards suffered a higher rate of defects. Nvidia returned to TSMC for the RTX 4000, which was probably a smart decision.

These Lenovo Legion RTX 4090 cards look pretty tasty if I may say so. Sure, they’re ridiculously beefy, but it looks like every RTX 4000 GPU is going to be a monster. I’m a big fan of the brushed silver finish on these cards, and I truth I hope Lenovo plans to sell them independently rather than just putting them in pre-built Legion desktops – more competition in the GPU scene is just a good thing.

If you want to tune in to Nvidia’s reveal presentation at 8am PST / 11am EST / 4pm BST, check out our ‘How to Watch’ guide here.

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…and we’re back! Thanks to our colleagues in the US – the UK team will continue from here as we get closer and oh-so-closer for Nvidia’s ‘GeForce Beyond’ presentation at the GTC today. Fake GPU leaks aside, Nvidia has let out some tiny teasers in preparation for the RTX 4090 reveal event.

We have a redesign for the GeForce RTX logo, which is such a small change that you’d think Nvidia’s graphics team isn’t getting paid enough. The Nvidia logo has had its colors inverted from white to black, the ‘RTX’ is slightly smaller, and the angled line on the right edge has been straightened to a vertical vertical edge. This apparently qualifies as news.

Perhaps more excitingly, Nvidia also teased an image of a Discord user (with a profile picture of Ada Lovelace) asking ‘how much faster?’ and a sticky note on a computer monitor with the hastily scrawled memo “TI or tie?”

Now, it seems unlikely that Nvidia will release an RTX 4090 Ti straight out of the gate – this note is likely a good-natured nod to the ongoing pronunciation debate surrounding the ‘Ti’ moniker – but we’re excited nonetheless. Currently, leaks suggest that what go see the RTX 4090 and two different versions of the RTX 4080 at the event, one with 12GB of VRAM and the other with 16GB; the first of these two boards was previously suspected to be the RTX 4070.

Screenshot of the Nvidia GTC 2022 teaser showing a sticky note that says 'TI or Tie?'

(Image credit: Nvidia, VideoCardz)

And with all that, we’ll be taking a brief hiatus as the UK wakes up and the UK team takes over the live blog.

That said, I don’t want the moment to pass where I didn’t mention that Queen Elizabeth II passed away two weeks ago. Clearly, I’m an American, so the Queen’s passing doesn’t worry me too much, but a colleague from the UK told me today that it felt like President Joe Biden went on TV this morning and said that the US flag was going to be different from that one. from now on, for better or for worse.

Does it matter in any real way going forward? No, not really. But obviously yes.

I wish all of you, wherever you are, a beautiful night. Be kind to each other.


A fake image of the RTX 4090 graphics card

(Image credit: Videocardz)

Honestly, WTAF Videocardz?

Yes, the more I look at this, this RTX 4090 “leak” is fake.

That’s a horrible image, with the sharpness of the card and the sharpness of Jensen Huang being radically out of whack. If this is a legitimate image, it’s some multiverse nonsense that Nvidia is trying to make happen, which even as ridiculous as the multiverse stuff being what it is, this is pretty bad to pass up. This is a crappy Photoshop reddit glitch level.

Honestly this RTX 4090 image is so bad I’m taking down Videocardz as a source for posting this. This photo is horrible.

Then Videocardz just “leaked” the Nvidia RTX 4090 (opens in new tab) , and there is at least one thing going for it, namely the new brand of power supply that I brought in my RTX 4080/4090 part. That said, this photo looks photoshopped to hell and back.

Jensen Huang reportedly holding the RTX 4090 against a black backdrop

(Image credit: Videocardz)

Now let’s talk about the RTX 4070. This is the mystery board. Will we see the RTX 4070? How far is the RTX 4070? Will the RTX 4070 really be as powerful as the RTX 3090?

Who knows?

The only card we know less about is the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060, but that’s for another time. The Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 is without a doubt the most exciting card in the Nvidia Lovelace lineup because it’s the best graphics card most people will be able to afford, especially with the ongoing cost-of-living crises around the world.

But, we know very little about this card, and considering it was the last card in the initial launch lineup of the RTX 3000 series to hit the market, we could see something similar here, with the RTX 4070 being announced tomorrow but not actually released until today. end of November at the very least.

And the RTX 4080?

We’ve received a lot less information about the RTX 4080 over the past few weeks, but there’s still a chance we’ll get an RTX 4080 announcement tomorrow as well. The best evidence of this is entirely speculation on my part, which I’ve recently delved into, but the bottom line is that leaked photos of the RTX 4080 in production look pretty authentic, and so are likely right behind the RTX 4090 in terms of release.

Staggered releases are nothing new, of course, and there’s every reason to think Nvidia Lovelace will be the same. If we expect the RTX 4090 in October, the RTX 4080 could appear in late October, early November, so the fact that the RTX 4080 would be in the early stages of releasing production units tracks.

That could still give us an announcement tomorrow, although the release date could be later, something we’ve seen with Nvidia Ampere.

The supposed packaging for the Zotac RTX 4090 AMP Extreme

(Image credit: Wccftech)

Without a doubt, we hope to see the Nvidia RTX 4090 tomorrow at the Nvidia event. First, it’s called “GeForce Beyond” and since GeForce is Nvidia’s consumer graphics card brand, there’s no doubt that this will be a consumer products event, as opposed to enterprise cloud computing systems or the like. .

Second, in a recent teaser for tomorrow’s event posted on Nvidia’s GeForce Twitter account, Nvidia subtly gave away the game when it shows a computer desk with a monitor displaying a GeForce background and Ada Lovelace’s computer program for calculate Bernoulli numbers using Charles Babbage Engine’s theoretical Analytical on the table.

Lovelace, of course, is Nvidia’s codename for its next-gen graphics hardware, so there’s not much mystery surrounding what will be revealed tomorrow.

Now, when Nvidia Ampere was first showcased in 2020, it wasn’t for a consumer product, but rather for servers and enterprise computing, so there’s a precedent for showing off computer architecture before releasing it for a consumer product. . But this was also at the start of the 2020 Covid pandemic, and Nvidia was specifically highlighting how its new architecture was helping researchers fight the novel coronavirus. Given the circumstances, we don’t think Nvidia is wanting to show the technology this time around without a product.

A big part of this is the product release cadence (it’s been two years since the RTX 3000 series was released) and several leaked photos of RTX 4090s with third-party manufacturers and partners including Gigabyte, Zotac, and Lenovo. These cards are making their way into retail systems and packaging as we speak, so there’s no reason to think Nvidia won’t at least reveal the RTX 4090 tomorrow.

Welcome to ‘s Nvidia RTX 4090 Announcement Liveblog! I’m John Loeffler, US computing editor at , and I’m starting here less than 16 hours away from what is expected to be one of the biggest announcements of the year for the computing team – and yes, even bigger than a new MacBook.

Later, I will join Christian Guyton, UK Computing Editor, and Matthew Hanson, Managing Editor of Computing and Home Entertainment at , to help cover the lead-up to the announcement tomorrow at 8am PDT / 11am EDT / 4pm BDT

There’s a lot to discuss before the announcement, so let’s start with the first thing: what we expect to see tomorrow.

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