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The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 5090: Everything We Know So Far

It has been almost a year since the release of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090, and there are rumors circulating that the RTX 4090 Ti may have been canceled, giving rise to the possibility of an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 5090 in the future. While the release date and details are still uncertain, here's what we know so far.

Release Date and Pricing

According to a leaked roadmap, the GeForce RTX 5090 is not expected until the first half of 2025. The usual release window for new graphics cards from NVIDIA falls between mid-September and mid-October, but with an H1 2025 timeframe, it is more likely that the RTX 5090 will be announced in the spring or early summer.

As for pricing, we don't have official information yet, but if past trends are any indication, it can be expected to be around $1,599 or potentially more.

Specs and Features

The RTX 5090 will be based on the Blackwell architecture and is rumored to introduce changes to its GPU die naming conventions. It may feature a custom node from TSMC utilizing the advanced 3nm process. Performance-wise, it is projected to be 1.7 times faster than the RTX 4090, featuring 50% more cores, 78% more L2 cache, and a 52% increase in memory bandwidth. It is also anticipated to operate at a frequency of 2.9 GHz.

If the rumors are accurate, the RTX 5090 could boast 192 SMs or a total of 24,576 cores, 1,532 GB/s of bandwidth, and 128MB of L2 cache. It may also feature a 512-bit memory interface, the highest ever seen on a consumer graphics card. Additionally, there are reports of NVIDIA transitioning to new GDDR7 RAM modules, potentially allowing for graphics cards with video memory capacities as high as 64GB.

It is expected that the Blackwell series will leverage AI technology to enhance performance and deliver a smoother user experience.

Competition and Upgrading

AMD is rumored to be focusing on lower-end GPUs, leaving NVIDIA potentially without competition in the ultra-high-performance enthusiast segment. As for whether or not it's worth waiting for the RTX 5090, the RTX 4090 is already a powerful GPU that offers incredible frame rates and resolutions, as well as impressive real-time ray tracing capabilities. Unless you recently purchased an RTX 3090 or a similar GPU, there's no pressing need to wait for the RTX 5090, as the RTX 4090 is already future-proof and can provide great performance for years to come.

Source: Oliver Cragg, Android Authority