During the GeForce Beyond keynote at GTC 2022, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang revealed that he has boosted the frequency of the Ada Lovelace GPU to over 3 GHz in the lab. His exact words: “Ada is incredibly efficient, at least doubling performance at the same power as the Ampere GPU. You can try pushing Ada a little bit, because we’ve taken it over 3 GHz in the lab.
The RTX 40 series Ada Lovelace GPU has been replaced with TSMC’s new 4N process node. Even if the default 2.6 GHz main frequency of the public version card, its energy efficiency and frequency improvements are quite gratifying.
As for AIB partners, we expect more SKUs that are factory overclocked at 2.7 – 2.8 GHz, but are actually expected to go above 3 GHz.
For reference, the non-public GPU of the RTX 30 series Ampere RTX 3090 Ti is clocked at around 1.8 – 1.9 GHz, but it can actually exceed 2 GHz in games.
It should be pointed out that such an exaggerated performance increase also means that the RTX 40 series Ada Lovelace GPU needs to consume a lot of power and generate more heat at the same time.
However, the Founders Edition public PCB + heatsink design shown by Green Factory left a deep impression on us as always.
Nvidia said that it further optimized the air duct of the dual axial fan, increased the fan size and fan blade volume by 10%, and upgraded the RTX 4090 to the 23-phase power supply.
In addition, thanks to lower memory temperatures, the newer, more powerful Ada Lovelace GPUs are able to run cooler with the help of stock coolers and retain the excellent overclocking potential for gamers.
Finally, the RTX 40 series FE graphics cards all use PCIe 5.0 16-pin connectors that meet the new generation ATX 3.0 power specification to reduce cable clutter caused by the old triple 8-pin connectors.
In the case of using high-quality power cables, players can only use a single connector to meet the power consumption requirements of RTX 40 series graphics cards. In addition, many commercial power supply manufacturers have also opened application links for 16-pin adapter cables.
It is reported that brands including ASUS, Cooler Master, FSP, MSI, ThermalTake, iBuyPower, etc., will launch a new generation of ATX 3.0 power supplies in October this year.
While the Nvidia AIB graphics partner has not shared the final frequencies and TGP/TBP power consumption of their non-public designs, we can expect to hear more in the coming days.