Nvidia's RTX 40-Series Super Increased Performance, Not Power Consumption: Leak

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According to renowned leaker @kopite7kimi, Nvidia's rumored GeForce RTX 40-series 'Super' graphics cards will see a performance boost, without an increased power consumption when compared to regular models. 

Since the information is from an unofficial rumor we must take it with a pinch of salt, as it may well prove to be inaccurate.

Nvidia's RTX 40-series Super family of graphics cards is expected to consist of three models: Nvidia RTX 4080 Super based on anAD103 GPU with 10240 CUDA cores, Nvidia RTX 4070 Ti Super featuring an AD103 GPU with 8448 CUDA cores, and Nvidia RTX 4070 Super powered by an AD103 or AD104 processor with 7168 CUDA cores. If kopite7kimi's information is correct, then these boards will consume 320W, 285W, and 220W of power, respectively. As a result, only the RTX 4070 Super will gain a 20W power draw.

Alleged Nvidia RTX 40-Series Super Specifications

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Header Cell - Column 0 GPUFP32 CUDA CoresMemory ConfigurationL2 CacheTBPMSRP
*GeForce RTX 4090 TiAD10218176 (?)24GB 384-bit 24 GT/s GDDR6X (?)?600W (?)?
GeForce RTX 4090AD1021638424GB 384-bit 21 GT/s GDDR6X72 MB450W$1,599
*GeForce RTX 4080 SuperAD1031024016GB 256-bit 22.4 GT/s GDDR6X?320W?
GeForce RTX 4080AD103972816GB 256-bit 22.4 GT/s GDDR6X64 MB320W$1,199
*GeForce RTX 4070 Ti SuperAD103844816GB 256-bit 22.4 GT/s GDDR6X48 MB285W?
GeForce RTX 4070 TiAD104768012GB 192-bit 21 GT/s GDDR6X48 MB285W$799
*GeForce RTX 4070 SuperAD104 or AD1037168?48 MB220W?
GeForce RTX 4070AD104588812GB 192-bit 21 GT/s GDDR6X36 MB200W$599
GeForce RTX 4060 TiAD10643528GB or 16GB 128-bit 18 GT/s GDDR632 MB160W$399/$499
GeForce RTX 4060AD10630728GB 128-bit 17 GT/s GDDR624 MB115W$999

*Specifications are unconfirmed.

Considering that Nvidia's RTX 40-series 'Super' products will likely offer noticeable performance gains compared to non-Super offerings, maintaining power consumption of the latter will be a major achievement of the GPU designer. We could easily see a Super card making it to our list of the best graphics cards.

Improving performance while keeping power consumption low is a key goal of chip design. Chipmakers and chip designers tend to engage in continuous process improvements (CPI) to increase production yields and lower performance variations by using statistical process control (SPC). Nvidia's AD103 and AD104 graphics processors have been in production for well over a year now. Both Nvidia and TSMC have likely discovered multiple ways to enhance Nvidia's custom 4N process technology to boost production yields, increase performance, and lower power consumption. Furthermore, Nvidia has also learnt better GPU power management, making it possible that it has also managed to increase performance of the new products and maintain power consumption of its old ones. 

Keep in mind that the information comes from an unofficial source, so take it with a grain of salt. After all, Nvidia has yet to confirm any GeForce RTX 40-series 'Super'-badged products coming.

Anton Shilov
Contributing Writer

Anton Shilov is a contributing writer at Tom’s Hardware. 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.

  • eepok
    Oof! $999 MSRP for the RTX 4060? I mean the performance to power consumption ratio is absolutely stellar, but you won't get more than $300 out of me for one of them!

    (There's a typo in the table.)
  • helper800
    The 4080 super only has ~5.3% more cuda cores. Seems like it's going to be a miniscule performance increase.
  • atomicWAR
    helper800 said:
    The 4080 super only has ~5.3% for cuda cores. Seems like it's going to be a miniscule performance increase.
    Agreed. IMO they should have used a gimped 102 die, kicked the ram up to 20GB, added 10-15% more performance and called it a day.
  • Lucky_SLS
    atomicWAR said:
    Agreed. IMO they should have used a gimped 102 die, kicked the ram up to 20GB, added 10-15% more performance and called it a day.

    This is what I am hoping for with the 256bit bus 16gb 4070ti super.