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New Nvidia GPU may be the only heat source you'll need this winter

Published: 08:30, 27 July 2022
Nvidia as a heat source
Nvidia as a heat source

Nvidia's new generation of graphics cards may be getting ready for a reveal in the near future but the previous leaks point to massive power consumption.

Newer PC hardware keeps getting improvements at the cost of higher prices and power consumption, with the latter going off the rails if the leaks about the next generation of Nvidia GPUs are true.

According to a leaker, something called " The Beast " will feature 48 GB of GDDR6X RAM and while the number looks impressive, the total board power of 800W is rather worrisome. 

The designation of The Beast, AD102-450-A1, hints hints this could be an RTX 4090 Ti or a Titan, since the base RTX 4090 is AD102-300-A1. In the case of the regular RTX 4090, TDP is 450W which is significantly lower while its own GDDR6X slows down to 21Gbps, compared to The Beast's 24Gbps.

It is still hard to believe a consumer-grade GPU would go up to 800W but considering the quick rise on power demands over the last few generations, it is not excluded. 

To give you a reference point, there are stove top heating elements that use around 1000W so we are likely to see experiments where people are frying eggs on an overpriced piece of hardware.

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Should these leaks prove to be correct, Nvidia's next generation will not look too good even in the lower tiers, with RTX 4070 rumoured to have a 160bit memory bus with 10GB GDDR6 RAM.

The numbers look really weird for the time being and this is not official information so take it with a grain of salt for the time being. However, make sure to remember this is as a warning before an impulse purchase in case Jensen cites the same power consumption or memory bus disappointments in the future.

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