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October 14, 2023

When Will the 5090 Come Out?

We’re still a long way away from next-gen Blackwell, so rumors should be treated with more salt than usual, but Panzerlied (a Chiphell forum user with a good track record of Nvidia hardware leaks) believes that Nvidia’s upcoming flagship 5090 will end up being around 70% faster than the RTX 4090. That’s a huge boost, especially when taking into account that the figures are for pure, rasterized performance (no DLSS bells and whistles), so it would be quite an achievement if true.

Other rumored specs include a 512-bit memory interface, the highest ever seen on a consumer GPU, and new GDDR7 modules which could provide around a twofold increase in bandwidth. The RTX 5090 is also expected to have an improved Streaming Multiprocessor design, potentially resulting in up to 192 SMs, and that’s all before we even get to the rumored RTX 5090T.

Of course, this kind of leap in performance isn’t really meaningful if nobody can afford the card. Nvidia’s top-end RTX cards have already been pushing past $2K at launch, so it’s hard to see the point of releasing something even more expensive than that. As such, some commentators have suggested that NvDIA may cancel the RTX 5090 entirely in favour of a more affordable RTX 6000 offering. This would be a strange move given the fervor surrounding AI, but it’s not out of the question. Moore’s Law is Dead has a good track record of picking up on these rumors, so he may be on to something here.