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Curvy Nvidia RTX 4090 Purportedly Poses for Pics

Zotac RTX 4090
(Image credit: Baidu)

A Chinese social media user has shared images of what looks like a production line full of Zotac GeForce RTX 4090 Amp Extreme 'Airo' graphics cards, and another image displays a stack of branded packaging sleeves. These are further clues that Nvidia will announce RTX 4090 on September 20 at GTC, and the GPU looks poised to claim the top spot on our GPU benchmarks hierarchy.

Baidu user Koko 218 commented only upon the designs being “ugly.” We'll be more diplomatic and say they do look quite unique. Swooping curves suggest a more aerodynamic design, which would make sense if we were looking at a car rather than potentially one of the best graphics cards. We'll have to wait and see how the design actually performs before coming to any hard conclusions, naturally.

(Image credit: Baidu)

If these images are genuine, what we are seeing here are Zotac Gaming GeForce RTX 4090 graphics cards from the long running Amp Extreme family. Thankfully, the packaging photo is clear enough to pick out some further details such as:

  • This triple fan card features an IceStorm 3.0 cooler
  • Dual-BIOS support for configuration flexibility
  • Spectra 2.0 RGB lighting is present
  • Freeze fan stop technology kicks in when the GPU is idling
  • Zotac’s Firestorm UI for tuning and overclocking

Sadly, an area on the carton which might have outlined the graphics card specifications is too small to be able to pick out any details. You can check our Nvidia RTX 40-Series and Ada GPUs hub for further speculation on what the actual specs might be.

Turning to the matter of appearance, the purported Zotac GeForce RTX 4090 Amp Extreme has a rounded façade, almost like a wind-tunnel inspired design. It is pleasingly minimal from this angle. However, it's definitely a bulky beast, as we can just make out the triple slot bracket and it looks like the card may be even a bit wider, extending into 4-slot territory.

(Image credit: Baidu)

The triple-slot card has some significant cutouts where the last fan pushes air directly through an array of aluminum fins laced with heatpipes. The PCB appears to be about as long as a twin fan graphics card. The back of the GPU and its ICs are also left exposed by a cut-out in the backplate. Power inputs are on the obscured side of the card, so we can’t see how many of the rumored high-density 16-pin power connector ports are fitted. Overall, the backplate looks somewhat overdesigned, which probably resulted in the negative social media comments.

Nvidia is widely expected to launch the first Ada Lovelace architecture graphics cards, forming this RTX 40 series, at the GeForce Beyond event, which kicks-off a week from tomorrow (Sept. 20). The RTX 4090 will likely be the pioneering SKU, hence leaks like this, and our earlier report of Gigabyte RTX 4090 models appearing on the EEC database.

Nvidia's next GPU series and architecture could end up being the biggest jump in generational performance that we've ever seen from Team Green. Based on rumored specifications, raw compute could improve by anywhere from 50 to 100% at the top of the stack. A lot of that will depend on GPU clock speeds, which so far we don't have hard numbers on. We should find out plenty more by next week.

Mark Tyson
Freelance News Writer

Mark Tyson is a Freelance News Writer at Tom's Hardware US. He enjoys covering the full breadth of PC tech; from business and semiconductor design to products approaching the edge of reason.

  • hotaru251
    ......personally not a fan of the curves.
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  • hasten
    hotaru251 said:
    ......personally not a fan of the curves.
    Looks like something I would have bought from ATi not 2022. Lets keep those lines clean!
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  • hannibal
    Well, well something else than rectangular...
    Why not, this could be really cool looking if they would go further!
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  • oofdragon
    Not related to the article, just curious, if the RTX 4090 is shaping to be 2x faster than the previous gen 3090, can we hope all other cards to follow suit? Like a RTX 4060 2x faster than a 3060 would trade blows with a RTX 3080.. that would be awesome! Then a 4070 would be faster than a 3090Ti by 15%.. imagine that for around $550.
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  • Phaaze88
    Mmm, I love a woman with curves, though these curves aren't where I like 'em...
    /s
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  • geogan
    Would Nvidia be going after Zotac to find and hang this particular factory worker? Or would Zotac gets fined or punished in any way for this obvious factory leak? Or does nobody give a <Mod Edit> any more?
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  • Giroro
    oofdragon said:
    Not related to the article, just curious, if the RTX 4090 is shaping to be 2x faster than the previous gen 3090, can we hope all other cards to follow suit? Like a RTX 4060 2x faster than a 3060 would trade blows with a RTX 3080.. that would be awesome! Then a 4070 would be faster than a 3090Ti by 15%.. imagine that for around $550.

    Nvidia is untouchable, at least in terms of discrete GPU sales and market share. So, they have essentially no reason to make a new gen card that is 2x the performance of last gen, nor do they have any real reason to offer any product that resembles a "good value". At least, I think their extremely wealthy/out of touch executives probably feel that way.

    I think they will just continue their RTX trends:
    15% more performance for 15% more money.
    An RTX 3050 that far more expensive than the more powerful RTX 2060.
    No new products in the entry-level nor mainstream price range (sub $300).
    Sponsorship deals with every major influencer, who will all falsely pretend like it is in any way common, exciting, or reasonable to spend $1000+ on framerate differences that are humanly impossible to perceive.
    Put out a lot of misinformation and fear tactics that the flood of used GPUs (particularly mining GPUS) are somehow bad/high risk, even though they are fine.We'll see how that holds up in what looks to a perfect storm of bad market conditions. I think Nvidia is at least going to try really hard to milk their fans/whales for as much cash as they can possibly squeeze - and hope that they can build up a nest egg before the bottom falls out entirely.... But they could easily be too late for that strategy to work.
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  • dk382
    edit: ^^^ I am DEFINITELY bookmarking this post. Hoo boy.

    The "Key Features" section is hard to make out, but Wccftech has a less artifacted image in their article on this leak. One of the bullet points you can make out is "PCI Express Gen 4," so those 5.0 x16 slots on your new motherboards may stay in 4.0 mode for a while yet. I might be able to make out "DisplayPort 1.4a," but that's much harder to tell.
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  • Giroro
    geogan said:
    Would Nvidia be going after Zotac to find and hang this particular factory worker? Or would Zotac gets fined or punished in any way for this obvious factory leak? Or does nobody care any more?
    Well that first raises two questions: Was this leak deliberate? It's interesting all the important hardware details just happen to be unreadable. It could be guerrilla marketing.

    Also, did anybody at any factory ever care at any point?
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  • hotaru251
    oofdragon said:
    , just curious, if the RTX 4090 is shaping to be 2x faster than the previous gen 3090, can we hope all other cards to follow suit? Like a RTX 4060 2x faster than a 3060 would trade blows with a RTX 3080.. that would be awesome!
    given they plan for the 30 series to co exist with 40 series.....no.

    already gonna be expensive even at low end given that prior coexistence.
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