Nvidia’s RTX 4090 graphics card is the subject of a new benchmark leak, showing that it can be really good, if the spill is genuine of course.
Arm yourself with a lot of skepticism, then, particularly as the source is the chiphell forums (opens in new tab) (in China) – an outlet that has certainly provided some useful information in the past, but not one of the most reliable in our experience.
Anyway, the benchmark shown in this case came with photographic evidence, which has now been deleted, but not before being captured and shared by HXL on Twitter (via VideoCardz (opens in new tab)).
RTX 4090？GPU: 3.0Ghz+VRAM: 21Gbps pic.twitter.com/kPdkF4qzwWSeptember 9, 2022
It’s a Time Spy Extreme score (from the 3DMark suite) that shows an unnamed GPU – but with all the other info provided by the leaker, like a 450W power draw, it must surely be the RTX 4090 – hitting 20,192, which is a decent chunk more than a past rumor has indicated. This previously leaked Time Spy score of 19,000 for the RTX 4090 appeared a few months ago.
That’s the graphics score, by the way, and in this case the overall score is below average because of the test rig the RTX 4090 is running on (including a Core i5-12400F processor).
Another interesting point to note is that the photos also show the supposed RTX 4090 clocked at just over 3GHz, no less. As mentioned, the TDP is 450W, and the leaker claims that the graphics card is a hefty piece of hardware, as you might expect, with a “very large” heatsink. In fact, the leaker doubts whether it can be suitable for a mid-tower PC case.
Analysis: Revelations to be taken with caution
The Time Spy Extreme score of 20,192 is twice as fast as the base RTX 3090 (Founders Edition) score as recorded in our review, which was 9,955. Previous rumors indicated that the next-gen flagship would offer around twice the performance of the 3090, and it appears that’s the case (spice applied properly).
In fact, keep in mind that it’s still a pre-release GPU, so the end result might be faster. Additionally, more robust 3rd party versions of the RTX 4090 with more sophisticated cooling solutions and so on will have even faster speeds.
Before we get too carried away, though, we’d do well to keep in mind that this is just a single benchmark, and a leaked one. To really judge the RTX 4090, people will want to see a variety of different benchmarks (and gaming ones too, not just synthetic tests).
The other telling aspect here is the 3GHz clock speed that is recorded, given the rumored boost for the RTX 4090 is 2.5GHz. However, in the past we’ve heard mention of the Lovelace flagship possibly being able to step up to 3GHz overclocked.
The main concern this rumor raises is practicality and how big the RTX 4090 can be – and whether you need a really roomy PC case to fit the thing in.
As always, time will tell, and we shouldn’t wait too long to find out more concrete information about the RTX 4090, as it should be revealed in just over a week.