Nvidia's cut-down model of its fastest gaming GPU launches Dec 28 - Sanctions-compliant Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090D is significantly slower than standard version, for impacted countries like China

Maxun GeForce RTX 4090 MGG OC
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Nvidia will unleash its GeForce RTX 4090D in China on Thursday, Dec 28 at 10pm Beijing time (9am EST), according to a Chinese PC tech reviews site. EXPReview (h/t momomo_us) says that this China-specific card, made to duck deftly beneath the latest set of US Gov export controls, will replace the GeForce RTX 4090 that has been moved onto the restricted list. The site also shares a sprinkling of specs, but nothing we haven’t seen before this release date news.

The latest information we have about the GeForce RTX 4090D is that it is TDP-capped and may lack overclocking. EXPReview echoes these information nuggets, but it isn’t clear if it has new information confirming them, or if it is just bringing readers up to date with the latest rumors. Instead of waffling about the purported specs and differences between the new Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090D and the card it is replacing in countries where these US export controls will apply (not just China):

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Spec / Card

GeForce RTX 4090D

GeForce RTX 4090

GPU

AD102-250

AD102-300/AD102-301

GPU processing cores

fewer

16,384 CUDA cores, 512 Tensor cores, 128 RT cores

GPU clocks

Base 2280, boost 2520 MHz

Base 2235, boost 2520 MHz

TPP score

<4,800

5,286

TDP

Capped 425W

450W

Overclocking

No

Yes

China MSRP

12,999 yuan

12,999 yuan

In the table above, the Total Processing Power (TPP) score is important as that is the US sanction-defined parameter that must not be exceeded in exports to certain countries. Thus, we know the new GeForce RTX 4090D will have a TPP score of under 4,800 to comply, but we don’t know how far it will limbo beneath this bar. Another unknown is how heavily Nvidia will wield the silicon scalpel to cut down the GPU to achieve its ‘D’ design goal.

Remember to take the predicted / leaded specs and release date of the RTX 4090D with a pinch of salt. Also, readers outside of China might have been interested in grabbing one of these cut-down graphics products, if it wasn’t for the indication that there will be no price cuts in line with the spec cuts.

Nvidia is also expected to release some more broadly available RTX 40 Super graphics cards in the coming weeks. The latest rumors point to a January 2024 launch and release for the as-yet-unannounced Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Super, RTX 4070 Ti Super, and RTX 4080 Super.

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.

  • rabbit4me2
    This was a very well written article I commend you. Sadly just reinforces the point how we bend to give China their way.
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  • Crazyy8
    rabbit4me2 said:
    This was a very well written article I commend you. Sadly just reinforces the point how we bend to give China their way.
    ??? The US Government stopped Nvidia and other companies from selling high power GPUs to china, and so Nvidia worked around it. Nvidia isn't bending down to china, it's following restrictions to sell products on a lucrative market. I would prefer if no restrictions were in place so prices would be cheaper for all of us, but something about politics and communism prevents that from happening.
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  • atomicWAR
    Honestly it sounds like this should have been a 4080ti from light specs we've been given. I'd wager that Nvidia wanted to play off the solid standing the 4090 has rather than introducing a 80 class Ti.
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  • Pei-chen
    How slow can it get without becoming 4080?
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