Nvidia RTX 4090 D Debuts at Dragon’s Dawn

Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090D launch

NVIDIA just announced their new GeForce RTX 4090 D graphics card, which is going to start selling in China late January. Word is from MEGAsizeGPU that this souped up GPU is dropping right in time for Chinese New Year 2024.

Update: According to I_Leak_VN, you’ll also be able to scoop the 4090 D in Vietnam on a similar January timeframe as China and Vietnam was on the list of places where the OG RTX 4090 got restricted.

This 4090 D card is a chopped down take on the original 4090, built special for China. It packs lower CUDA and Tensor cores with a bit less power draw but keeps the 24 GB GDDR6X VRAM and all the fancy Ada Lovelace bells and whistles like the DLSS 3. 5 and RTX jazz. AI stuff should still fly too, just maybe a skosh slower with them lower tensor cores.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 D To Hit Retail In China In Late January

We saw some tricked out 4090 D’s from MSI, GALAX, ZOTAC etc., but you won’t be able to snag one ’til late Jan. Word around the water cooler is they’ll drop these cards by month’s end, just in time for NVIDIA’s two new SUPER cards – the RTX 4070 Ti SUPER on the 24th and the RTX 4080 SUPER on the 31st.

The new NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 D graphics card is launching on January 21st, just in time for the 2024 Chinese New Year celebrations and the Year of the Dragon. The “D” in its name is likely a nod to the dragon theme. This powerful GPU will sell for around 12,999 RMB ($1,840 USD) in China which is 15% higher than the US price but you have to account for regional taxes too and we’re already seeing some models listed for even higher prices on Chinese retailer sites.

Performance-wise, expect the RTX 4090 D to be maybe 10% slower than the original RTX 4090 in games. It sips a bit less power at 425W across all card variants since they share the same clock speeds – overclocking is restricted to comply with regulations and avoid any power target issues that plagued the first RTX 4090. NVIDIA is ensuring its partners follow the guidelines here.

GeForce RTX 4090D launches in China in late Jan

The new graphics card offers some upgrades but honestly, the cost ain’t so hot for regular Chinese gamers. We’ll have to wait and see if the 4080 SUPER can get close to matching the 4090 D for gameplay – if so, that’ll probably be the better buy for most. Still, if you just need a crap ton of VRAM over 20 gigs, then the 4090 D looks to be your only shot on Team Green.

I’m hoping the pricing gets better over time. And the performance too, maybe with some driver updates. We’ll see I guess.

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