MSI’s new Chinese-only RTX 4090 circumvents US trade embargo

GeForce RTX 4090 Ventus 3X on top of chinese flag waving

GeForce RTX 4090 Ventus 3X on top of chinese flag waving


  • Nvidia has unveiled the GeForce RTX 4090D 24G Ventus 3X which is a China-exclusive variant of the RTX 4090.
  • The specs feature a minor downgrade to comply with US sanctions on Nvidia's sales in China.
  • However, overclocking would allow users to get the same performance as the OG variant of the RTX 4090.

Nvidia unveiled the GeForce RTX 4090D 24G Ventus 3X as China's third exclusive RTX 4090D model. It's a more affordable version of the already announced GeForce RTX 4090D 24G Gaming X Slim and GeForce RTX 4090D 24G Suprim X.

Previously, Nvidia was forced to delist the RTX 4090 and halt their trade with China due to US-imposed sanctions. However, the RTX 4090D models have allowed them to circumvent this ban to produce China-exclusive variants of these top-of-the-line graphics cards.

The RTX 4090D 24G Ventus 3X is basically an exact clone of the GeForce RTX 4090 Ventus 3X, even featuring the exact same dimensions((322 x 136 x 62 mm). It features the same 24GB of GDDR6X memory that runs at 21 Gbps with its standard 384-bit memory bus.

It even features the same style of plating and triple-fan design associated with the Ventus 3X series. The visual aesthetics focused on airflow remain the same and the nickel-plated copper base means the same build quality is on offer.

The only drawback is that it has fewer CUDA cores as stipulated by the latest US sanctions on Nvidia for sales in the Chinese region. Despite having 12% fewer CUDA cores, the 4090D still manages to be only 5% weaker in performance while consuming 25W less power.

However, this isn't really enough of a drawback either. Overclocking is still possible on the GeForce RTX 4090D 24G Ventus 3X and it will reach the same levels of performance as the original. The out-of-the-box Boost Clock speed is 2520 MHz, but it can be pushed up to 2535 MHz with the MSI Center software.

While it's supposed to be an affordable variant of the 4090D it still goes for an MSRP of 14,999 RMB ($2115 USD), which is much higher than the current market trend of 12,999 RMB MSRP($1797 USD).

While Nvidia has once again managed to circumvent the US Trade Embargo updates to prevent sales in the Chinese region, we're yet to see how the US government will respond to these new changes. Also, learn about 4090 sales booming in the black market.

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