NVIDIA’s RTX 4090 will reportedly be over twice as fast as the RTX 3090 in gaming workloads. Earlier today, the first-ever benchmark of the Lovelace flagship was shared claiming a 2x lead over its predecessor. However, as is usually the case with synthetic benchmarks, they tend to exaggerate the real-world performance on account of the highly optimized code. Luckily, the in-game frame rates from a relatively recent title have been shared by @XpeaGPU:
According to the source, the full-fledged AD102 die renders Control at 4K Ultra with ray-tracing turned on with over 160 FPS. DLSS Quality mode is also enabled for more tangible results. Comparing this figure to existing RTX heavyweights, we get a performance gain of 2x over the RTX 3090 Ti and roughly 2.2x over the RTX 3090. The RTX 3080, 3090, and 3090 Ti average 66, 72, and 82 FPS, respectively in the same game (Via: WCCFT).
This figure assumes that the RTX 4090/4090 Ti was running the game with the DLSS preset set to “Quality”. If the “Normal” or “Performance” preset was used, then we’re looking at even larger uplifts in some titles. Overall, we can expect the RTX 4090/4090 Ti to be 2-2.5x faster than the RTX 3090 in gaming workloads.
At the same time, the full-fledged AD102-powered RTX 4090 Ti is still likely to be an 800W behemoth. And this is an overclocked variant we’re looking at here. So you’d need a 1500W power supply with multiple PCIe Gen 5 power connectors to power this massive card. On the plus side, if not 144Hz, then 120Hz 4K gaming will become very viable with the next generation of GPUs.