GeForce RTX 4090 Hits 3GHz And Trounces 3090 In Leaked 3DMark Time Spy Benchmark
The benchmark in question is 3DMark Time Spy Extreme. This is a version of the Time Spy DirectX 12 benchmark that ramps everything up to 11, pushing insane levels of geometric detail at full 4K Ultra HD resolution. It's a ridiculously demanding benchmark, but modern GPUs are already able to crush it with ease.
What a GPU score it is, though. Over 20,000 points, a world first—and even faster than the earlier leak. For comparison's sake, a GeForce RTX 3090 Ti typically scores just over 11,000 points, while AMD's finest (the Radeon RX 6950 XT) usually stalls out a bit past 10,500. Those are both absolutely monstrous GPUs with incredible gaming performance, and yet the leaked GeForce RTX 4090 result absolutely demolishes them, with a 79% lead over the RTX 3090 Ti and 89% over the Radeon card.
If you've been looking at the specification leaks and performance rumors that we've been reporting on, this really isn't a surprise. Folks have been saying that the top-end Ada Lovelace card would be double the performance of the RTX 3090 for some time, and while this doesn't quite meet that high water mark, this also isn't the rumored 600-to-800-watt card, either.
The low temperature is particularly impressive considering that the card hit a clock rate of 3015 MHz during the 3DMark test. It's been rumored for some time that a major part of the performance uplift coming along with the RTX 4000 series is due to drastically increased clock rates. The GeForce RTX 3000 "Ampere" family struggled to clock as high as AMD's RDNA 2-based RX 6000 series, and that may have been down to the inferior Samsung 8N process that Ampere used.
With the new GeForce GPUs built on TSMC's 5N, it seems we're about to see a huge generational leap in performance, at least at the top-end. NVIDIA is expected to reveal the new GPUs at its Project Beyond show launching GTC on September 20th, so hold on to your butts.