NVIDIA RTX 5090 to Offer the Same Performance Uplift as the RTX 4090: Launch Ready in Q4 2024

NVIDIA is prepping the launch of the RTX 40 Super lineup to reinforce its midrange segment against AMD’s. At the same time, the next-gen GeForce RTX 5090 is being prepared for a late 2024 release. Sources close to “Moore’s Law is Dead” claim that the launch window for the Blackwell flagship is still tentative and may change depending on what AMD has to offer (at the time). Simultaneously, multiple rumors have claimed the cancellation of the Radeon RX 8900 XTX to focus more on the midrange segments.

The GeForce RTX 5090 will be ready to launch in Q4 2024 and will likely hit retail during the holiday season to maximize sales. However, if market factors deem it unfeasible, for example, stellar RTX 4090 sales or lack of competition from AMD, then the 5090 may be pushed to a CES 2025 launch in January of the following year.

The AD102 GPU powering the GeForce RTX 4090 packs 18,432 shaders across 144 SMs, backed by 98MB of L2 cache. It can have a max TBP of 800W. The GeForce RTX 4090 leverages a cut-down variant of this die, featuring 16,384 shaders across 128 SMs, backed by 72MB of L2 cache. It has a TBP of 450W. The RTX 4090 Ti/Titan was supposed to utilize the full-fledged AD102 die, but was scrapped late in development.

It’s still too early to talk about the performance, but early estimates suggest that the RTX 5090 will offer a smaller raster performance boost than the RTX 4090 (versus the 3090). That implies that the focus on ray tracing (and path tracing) will only increase with Blackwell. That said, NVIDIA is prepared to launch an RTX 5090 based on the full-flat GB202 GPU that will offer a similar generational performance uplift as the RTX 4090 (70% to 80%).

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