NVIDIA RTX 4000 Series GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 40 graphics card price, release date, predicted specs and more

Looking for information on NVIDIA’s future GeForce graphics card plans? We’ve got you covered.

by Oliver Barsby

With the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series being an immense success, PC enthusiasts are now looking to the future with the RTX 4000 Series GPU.

The RTX 4000- or RTX 40 Series – will likely be NVIDIA’s next step up in processing power. Given the power gap between the 30 and 20 Series, we’d expect a similar performance increase for the RTX 40.

While NVIDIA is yet to confirm its existence, we’re confident that the RTX 40 Series will launch, eventually. Here’s all the latest rumours, speculation, and predictions surrounding the RTX 4000 line of GPUs.

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RTX 4000 Series Price

Much like the previous lines of NVIDIA GPUs, we’d expect NVIDIA to launch a collection of GPUs at different price points. This would likely include the RTX 4080, 4070 and 4060.

Despite its likely improved specs, the RTX 40 Series could launch at the same price point as its predecessors. Both the RTX 2080 and RTX 3080 cost $699 at launch, for example. Given that, here’s what the RTX 40 Series could cost:

  • GeForce RTX 4060: $329
  • GeForce RTX 4070: $499
  • GeForce RTX 4080: $699

Of course, NVIDIA may choose to change its prices for the next line of GPUs. Given the current component shortage the technology industry faces, unexpected costs could drive the price up further.

RTX 4000 Series Release Date

According to leaker Greymon, Ada Lovelace, the codename for the next RTX Series, has been finalised, and will use TSMC 5nm technology.

The leaker also said the new NVIDIA GPUs will launch “No earlier than the end of 2022.”

However, the RTX 40 Series may hit shelves earlier than initial thoughts suggested, as noted by leaker @kopite7kimi on Twitter.

NVIDIA left two years between its release of the RTX 20 and RTX 30 Series. During this time, it also released new RTX 20 SKUs, much like it plans to do with the RTX 30 Series, having announced the RTX 3080 Ti and 3070 Ti in June 2021.

Because of this staggered release schedule, we would not expect NVIDIA to launch its RTX 40 Series during 2021. Instead, a late-2022 release date is probably the earliest window in which the next-gen GPUs could launch.

Twitter insider @kopite7kimi recently tweeted that the next-gen of GPUs will not launch until after 2021, stating: “I guess Ampere’s life will be extended at least until the end of next year.” However, as this is still just a rumour, it is worth taking this as a pinch of salt.

Given this is quite a way off still, NVIDIA may yet to have decided when it will launch the RTX 40 Series GPUs. With most of its attention focused on actually manufacturing enough RTX 30 Series to satisfy demand, its next line of GPUs may not be the current priority.

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RTX 4000 Series Specs

The latest leaks surrounding the RTX 40 come from Twitter leaker kopite7kimi. According to the leaker, NVIDIA’s next line of GPUs could include a whopping 18432 CUDA cores and approximately 66TFLOPS of power.

The RTX 40 GPUs are rumoured to be built on a next-gen GPU architecture, codenamed Ada Lovelace. This would see a departure from the current Ampere architecture of the RTX 30 Series.

Alongside these specs, we’d expect to see the GPUs run on 5nm chips rather than the current 8nm architecture. This would allow for improved performance without needing to draw more power – perfect for cryptocurrency miners, too.

RTX 40 Series vs RTX 30 Series

Aside from the performance differences, we could see NVIDIA implement anti-mining drivers into the RTX 40 Series. These cryptocurrency mining restrictions currently only exist in the RTX 3060, which launched after the other RTX 30 Series GPUs.

Designed to prevent users from mining Ethereum on its GeForce RTX cards, time will tell whether NVIDIA includes this restriction in every upcoming GPU it creates. With stock shortages meaning fewer gamers can get their hands on a new GeForce GPU, NVIDIA may be keen to push miners away from its gaming-focused cards.

However, this doesn’t mean NVIDIA wants to lock miners out completely. With the launch of its NVIDIA CMP (crypto mining processor) later this year, the company hopes to free up more GeForce RTX 30 Series GPUs for gamers.

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Oliver Barsby