Nvidia's GeForce RTX 4090 Could Already Be in Production

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Nvidia has yet to formally announce its GeForce RTX 40-series graphics cards based on the Ada Lovelace architecture. Still, it looks like the next-generation flagship — the GeForce RTX 4090 with 24GB of memory — might be already in production if leaked documents from one of the Chinese manufacturers are authentic and correct.

Well-known hardware blogger @harukaze5719 (opens in new tab) has discovered excerpts from documents that allegedly originate from a graphics card production facility. The documents supposedly describe production schedules, volumes, and other peculiarities of graphics board production at an unknown factory. Among the products listed, Nvidia's GeForce RTX 4090 card is mentioned next to the August 16 date and said to be 'expected in August.'

The excerpts of the documents claim that the card leverages the codenamed AD102 graphics processing unit (though without model/configuration suffix), carries 24GB of memory, and is equipped with four display outputs — three DisplayPorts and one HDMI.

We have no idea whether the documents are genuine, but at times, sources from China leak actual documents. Moreover, considering that we do not have access to these papers and are not sure what they describe the document, we would refrain from stating that a Chinese factory started to make Nvidia's GeForce RTX 4090-based graphics cards on August 16. However, the lack of any remarks about the number of boards to be made may indicate that it did not.

However, it is about time for manufacturers to start producing Nvidia's next-generation flagship graphics cards, or at least their samples based on final designs, if they want to get them to the market in September or October. Indeed, the absence of references about the amount of the GeForce RTX 4090 production might mean that the factory planned to build samples and expected to get AD102 chips and board components on September 16.

Like other companies, Nvidia never pre-announces its products or discloses its production schedules for competitive reasons. Yet, keeping in mind the number of GeForce RTX 40-related leaks that have emerged in the last couple of months, we would suggest that the new family could arrive rather sooner than later unless Nvidia decides to delay it by a few weeks in a bid to allow its partners to sell off their existing GeForce RTX 30-series stock, which is still among the best graphics cards around.

Anton Shilov
Freelance News Writer

Anton Shilov is a Freelance News Writer at Tom’s Hardware US. Over the past couple of decades, he has covered everything from CPUs and GPUs to supercomputers and from modern process technologies and latest fab tools to high-tech industry trends.

  • bigdragon
    It's time. The 4090 should already be in production so shippers can get them to markets in time for launch. I would also expect the 4080 to be entering production by the end of the month too. These leaks are already telling us what we know from history and the way supply chains work.

    Taking a quick look at GPUs indicates that the 4090 is imminent. The 3090 and 3090 Ti models are selling out and not being restocked. Also seems to be a flood of high-end GPUs hitting the resale markets right now.
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  • daworstplaya
    Good news for those of us patiently waiting.
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  • Tom Sunday
    Its good news all things considered. Availability for the man on the street should almost be guaranteed. But in poor economic times like this, then the apparent oversupply condition of the 30-series GPU’s and with NVIDIA having to making-up some of its big losses, the 4090 series will surely not be a give away so to speak! So there might just be all kinds of marketing shenanigans be forthcoming and played out by NVIDIA? Afterall the investors would want their pound of flesh. I would also think that many enthusiasts given the ongoing inflation and with prices all over running amok, will be picking up more 30-series cards either used or even further discounted by feeling the true reality of the times!
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  • brandonjclark
    I just bought a 3090 back in December of 2020. I thought FOR SURE that this series was going to have to last for a long time due to Covid. Oh well, I guess my son will get a 3090 to play his Roblox with.
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  • nitrium
    I'd be surprised if all the SKUs they plan on releasing in the next few months aren't already in production. I mean, the AIB manufacturers will need parts, and ity's not like you can add the main GPU in at the last minute. Anything that will sell millions of units (e.g. phones, CPUs, GPUs, SSDs, TVs etc) surely will have been in full production months ahead of launch?
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  • jp7189
    nitrium said:
    I'd be surprised if all the SKUs they plan on releasing in the next few months aren't already in production. I mean, the AIB manufacturers will need parts, and ity's not like you can add the main GPU in at the last minute. Anything that will sell millions of units (e.g. phones, CPUs, GPUs, SSDs, TVs etc) surely will have been in full production months ahead of launch?
    Not if they are aiming to create an artificial scarcity as a means to clear inventory. A seeming 'botched' launch could have people settling for a 3000 series instead.
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  • Jake Hall
    Might wanna buy a new PSU while you can
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  • ikernelpro4
    brandonjclark said:
    I just bought a 3090 back in December of 2020. I thought FOR SURE that this series was going to have to last for a long time due to Covid. Oh well, I guess my son will get a 3090 to play his Roblox with.
    Or maybe you just stick with one of the most powerful graphics cards for the next decade and not throw out insane amounts of money for an iteration, and be a better parent by being financially responsible.

    And then we wonder why companies like Apple exist.....
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  • husker
    ikernelpro4 said:
    Or maybe you just stick with one of the most powerful graphics cards for the next decade and not throw out insane amounts of money for an iteration, and be a better parent by being financially responsible.

    And then we wonder why companies like Apple exist.....
    So everyone with a boat is a bad parent? Because boats cost a lot of money to buy, maintain, store, etc., and that money might have been better spent. Just sayin'.... maybe this person has a computer hobby instead of buying a boat.

    Also maybe this person is stinking rich.
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  • ikernelpro4
    husker said:
    So everyone with a boat is a bad parent?
    Strawman argument. Dismissed.

    husker said:
    Just sayin'.... maybe this person has a computer hobby instead of buying a boat
    If you, as a parent, spent 800-1200€ again because you didn't get the latest and greatest uncomfirmed variant (the 4000 series isn't even out yet for...sake), then yes, you are an irresponsible parent and a financially careless person and this has nothing to do with "hobby" anymore.

    husker said:
    Also maybe this person is stinking rich
    No.
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